Northern Kentucky Norse (8-1) at Cincinnati Bearcats (7-1)
|Date & Time||Tuesday December 4, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Cincinnati Bearcats -10.5 -- Over/Under: 133.5
The Northern Kentucky Norse and the Cincinnati Bearcats meet in college basketball action from the Fifth Third Arena on Tuesday night.
The Northern Kentucky Norse will look to build on their 8-1 start to the season after a 78-60 win over UMBC in their last outing. Drew McDonals led the Norse with 21 points on 6 of 11 shooting with 3 triples while Dantez Walton came 2nd with 19 points on 9 of 13 shooting with 4 assists and a pair of blocks. Tyler Sharpe added 14 points on 4 of 9 shooting with 3 threes and 3 steals while Zaynah Robinson and Jalen Tate each had 10 points to round out the scoring in double figures for Northern Kentucky in the win, with Robinson shooting 4 of 8 with a pair of threes and team-highs of 6 assists and 4 steals while Tate shot a perfect 4 of 4 from the floor. McDonald leads Northern Kentucky with an average of 19 points and 9.8 rebounds per game while Robinson leads NKU in assists with 3.9 assists per game this season. As a team, Northern Kentucky is averaging 82 points per game on 50% shooting from the field, 36.9% from behind the 3-point line and 61.8% from the foul line this season.
The Cincinnati Bearcats will look to extend their winning streak which currently sits at 7 games following a 65-61 win over UNLV in their last time out. Keith Williams led Cincinnati with 15 points on 5 of 10 shooting with a pair of threes and 8 rebounds while Cane Broome added 14 points as the only other Bearcat to score in double figures in the win. Justin Jenifer added 7 points with a team-high 6 assists as well in the victory. Jarron Cumberland added 3 points but still leads Cincinnati on the year with an average of 15.2 points per game while Jenifer leads the Bearcats in assists with 3.9 assists per game and Tre Scott leads the Bearcats on the glass with 6 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Cincinnati is averaging 74.1 points per game on 48.3% shooting from the field, 36.3% from behind the 3-point line and 68.8% from the foul line this season.
Northern Kentucky is 17-8 ATS in their last 25 non-conference games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 3-1-1 in their last 5 games following a win. Cincinnati is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games against the Horizon League while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games following a win.
Cincinnati is on fire right now and the defense is still there as well which makes the Bearcats tough to go against on any given night. However, despite having issues ATS when it comes to above average competition, Northern Kentucky has the offense that’s able to counter the Cincinnati defense. Cincinnati allowed UNLV to hang around and sneak in the backdoor and cover, and while that game as on the road for the Bearcats, I simply think this is too many points to give up so I’ll take Northern Kentucky to cover here.