Northern Kentucky Norse (2-2) vs. DePaul Blue Demons (4-0)
November 26, 2021 5:00 pm EDT
The Line: DePaul Blue Demons -6.5 ; Over/Under: 137
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The Northern Kentucky Norse and the DePaul Blue Demons meet Friday in college basketball action from Wintrust Arena. Northern Kentucky is 2-2 so far this year and coming off a close loss to Western Illinois. As for DePaul, they’re 4-0 and fresh off a win over Western Illinois as well. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Northern Kentucky didn’t have any issues against Wheeling Jesuit in their opener in an 82-54 loss. The Norse took their first loss in game two against UNC Greensboro 70-69, then eked out a win 74-73 over Eastern Michigan in game three.
In the Western Illinois game, Northern Kentucky blew a 37-23 halftime lead on the way to a 69-67 loss. Leading scorer Hubertas Pivorius put up 20 points, and David Bohm added 14 points with five boards.
Over on the DePaul side, they rolled past Coppin State 97-72 in their opener this year. The Demons took another big win over Central Michigan 99-66 in game two, then powered out a tight 73-70 win over Rutgers in their third outing.
In the Western Illinois game, the Demons outscored the Leathernecks 48-44 in the second half on the way to an exciting 84-80 win. Javon Freeman-Liberty led the team on a double-double with 33 points and 11 rebounds.
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DePaul is 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Friday games and the over is 5-0 in the last five home games. The over is 5-0 in the Demons’ last five overall.
Meanwhile, the Norse are 0-4 ATS in their last four overall and 5-2-1 ATS in their last eight road games. The over is 10-4-1 in Northern Kentucky’s last 15 overall.
PICK: I’m going to stick with DePaul. The Blue Demons did a pretty solid job against Western Illinois in their last game, shooting 44.4 percent from the field with 45 rebounds. DePaul was lacking in 3-pointers (3-of-11 for 27.3 percent) and assists (nine) but still got the win.
As for the Norse, they had a bad second half in their Leathernecks game. That’s what really did NKU in, as they had a fairly well-rounded group effort otherwise. All things considered this should be a pretty fun matchup but I still like DePaul on the cover.