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Cleveland State vs. Northern Kentucky - 1/17/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Northern Kentucky at Cleveland State
Date & Time Thursday January 17, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Wolstein Center
Cleveland, OH
The Line
Cleveland State Vikings +9 -- Over/Under: 144.5
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The Cincinnati Enquirer-USA TODA

The Northern Kentucky Norse will travel to the Wolstein Center to take on the Cleveland State Vikings this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The Northern Kentucky Norse won their 2nd straight game and improved to 14-4 (4-1 Horizon) on the season after defeating the Wright State Raiders, 68-64, this past Friday. Northern Kentucky led by a 51-43 margin midway through the 2nd half and held on late after finishing the last 1:47 of regulation on a 6-2 run. Northern Kentucky shot 46.0% from the field while holding Wright State to just 42.4% from the field & 20.0% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Norse was Drew McDonald who had a double-double with 22 points, 12 rebounds, 2 steals, and 1 assist.

On the season, Northern Kentucky is averaging 78.7 ppg on 47.8% shooting from the field. The Norse are averaging 8.9 three-pointers per game on 35.2% shooting from the field. Offensively, Northern Kentucky has been led by Drew McDonald (18.8 ppg, 10.1 rpg, 2.7 apg), Tyler Sharpe (13.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.4 spg), Jalen Tate (13.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.1 spg), and Dantez Walton (11.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.1 spg).

Defensively, Northern Kentucky is holding their opponents to an average 66.4 ppg on 47.8% shooting from the field. The Norse have a rebound margin of 3.8 and a turnover margin of 1.4.

The Cleveland State Vikings lost their 6th straight game and dropped to 5-14 (0-6 Horizon) on the season after being defeated by the UIC Flames, 73-56, this past Saturday. Cleveland State struggled offensively against UIC and couldn’t fight back after the Flames took a 62-42 lead midway through the 2nd half. Cleveland State shot just 32.7% from the field and 18.5% shooting from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Vikings was Tyree Appleby who had 23 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists.

On the season, Cleveland State is averaging 74.3 ppg on 42.2% shooting from the field. The Vikings are averaging 9.4 three-pointers per game on 35.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Cleveland State has been led by Tyree Appleby (17.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 5.1 apg, 1.5 spg), Stefan Kenic (11.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.3 apg), Jaalam Hill (9.4 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.1 apg), and Kasheem Thomas (6.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.9 apg).

Defensively, Cleveland State is allowing their opponents to average 77.5 ppg on 43.9% shooting from the field. The Vikings have a rebound margin of -2.0 and a turnover margin of -1.5.

The Norse are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up win and just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games. The Vikings are 11-24-1 ATS in their last 36 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall.

Northern Kentucky has won 6 of their last 7 games and has been outstanding on both ends of the court this season as they rank 71st in scoring offense, 55th in scoring defense, and 34th in defensive FG%. Cleveland State has lost 7 of their last 8 games and has really struggled defensively this season as they rank 297th in scoring defense, 214th in defensive FG%, and 266th in rebound margin.

Northern Kentucky is one of the better teams in the Horizon and although they are just 2-5 ATS on the road this season, I just don’t see how the Vikings are going to have much success on either end of the court against the Norse. This is a big spread, however, Northern Kentucky recently defeated a better than expected Detroit Mercy team by 22 on the road and I think Drew McDonald and the Norse will be able to defeat Cleveland State by double-digits to cover this spread. Take Northern Kentucky to cover.  

Pick:
Northern Kentucky Norse -9

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