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Northern Kentucky vs Youngstown State 12/1/22 College Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds

Youngstown State Penguins (5-2) vs. Northern Kentucky Norse (3-4)
December 1, 2022 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Northern Kentucky Norse +1.5 / Youngstown State Penguins -1.5; Over/Under: +140.5
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The Youngstown State Penguins and Northern Kentucky Norse meet Thursday in college basketball action at the Truist Arena. The Youngstown State Penguins look for their sixth victory. The Northern Kentucky Norse look to get back to a .500 record.

The Youngstown State Penguins are averaging 83.9 points on 49.9 percent shooting and allowing 72.4 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Adrian Nelson is averaging 14.4 points and 9.9 rebounds, while Malek Green is averaging 14.3 points and 6.7 rebounds. Dwayne Cohill is the third double-digit scorer and Brandon Rush is grabbing 2 rebounds. The Youngstown State Penguins are shooting 38 percent from beyond the arc and 73.6 percent from the free throw line. The Youngstown State Penguins are allowing 36.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.3 rebounds per game.

The Northern Kentucky Norse are averaging 68.7 points on 43.2 percent shooting and allowing 68.6 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Marques Warrick is averaging 21.6 points and 3 rebounds, while Sam Vinson is averaging 12.3 points and 1.3 assists. Trevon Faulkner is grabbing 3.7 rebounds and Xavier Rhodes is grabbing 2 rebounds. The Northern Kentucky Norse are shooting 33.1 percent from beyond the arc and 63.2 percent from the free throw line. The Northern Kentucky Norse are allowing 41.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.7 rebounds per game.

The Penguins are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Norse are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The over is 6-1 in Penguins last 7 overall. The over is 9-2 in Norse last 11 Thursday games. The home team is 12-3 ATS in the last 15 meetings.

The Youngstown State Penguins are off to a fine start offensively, and I can see why bettors early are pounding them on the road. However, the Northern Kentucky Norse will have the best player on the floor here, and they have the edge on the defensive side. As a team, you can argue Northern Kentucky is the more complete side. I’ll take my chances with the free bucket with the Norse.

Randy Chambers's Free Pick: Northern Kentucky Norse +1.5

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