PFW Mastodons (13-6) vs. Northern Kentucky Norse (12-8)
January 21, 2023 6:00 pm EDT
The Line: Northern Kentucky Norse -3 / PFW Mastodons +3 ; Over/Under: 130.5
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The Fort Wayne Mastodons and the Northern Kentucky Norse meet Saturday in college basketball action from BB&T Arena. Fort Wayne is fresh off a Thursday matchup versus Wright State. In that one the Mastodons won by eight points. As for Northern Kentucky, they’re coming off a Thursday game versus Cleveland State. The Norse ended up eking out a one-point victory. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Fort Wayne Mastodons
Fort Wayne was 9-5 after 14 games this year, losing to Michigan, Northwestern, Southern Miss, Detroit and Robert Morris along the way. The Mastodons went 3-2 over the next five with losses to Milwaukee and Cleveland State.
In the Wright State game on Thursday, Fort Wayne jumped out to a 51-35 edge at the break. The Mastodons were outscored 45-37 from there but held on for the 88-80 victory. Quinton Morton-Robertson put up 19 points as the top scorer.
Northern Kentucky Norse
Over on the Northern Kentucky side, they lost to Kent State, FGCU, TX-Arlington, Toledo, Washington State and FAU in their first 14 games. The Norse hit a 3-2 run over the next five with losses to Oakland and Milwaukee.
Matched up against Cleveland State on Thursday, the Norse held a two-point lead by halftime. Northern Kentucky was outscored 31-30 in the second half but still won 57-56. Leading scorer Marques Warrick put up 19 points.
ANDREW’S FREE PICK
I’m going to take a stab on Fort Wayne. The Mastodons have been scoring pretty consistently over this current 6-3 stretch, with 70 or more points in eight of the nine outings. As for Northern Kentucky, they’ve gone 5-2 over their last seven games with 74 or more points in four of the seven. This game could go a lot of different ways, and it’ll be an interesting matchup regardless. I like the Mastodons slightly better cover-wise, though.