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Detroit vs. Northern Kentucky - 01/05/2019 NCAA BB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

C. Morgan Engel-USA TODAY Sports

The Northern Kentucky Norse and Detroit Mercy Titans meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Calihan Hall.

The Northern Kentucky Norse look for another win after winning six of their last nine games. The Northern Kentucky Norse are averaging 75.1 points on 45.5 percent shooting and allowing 68.6 points on 41.2 percent shooting. Drew McDonald is averaging 18.4 points and 10.3 rebounds while Tyler Sharpe is averaging 13.5 points and 1.5 assists. Jalen Tate is the third double-digit scorer and Dantez Walton is dishing 2.4 assists. The Northern Kentucky Norse are shooting 34.4 percent from beyond the arc and 63.9 percent from the free throw line. The Northern Kentucky Norse are allowing 29.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.6 rebounds per game. The Northern Kentucky Norse have lost four of their last five road games.

The Detroit Mercy Titans look for another win to build on their three-game winning streak. The Detroit Mercy Titans are averaging 70 points on 40.1 percent shooting and allowing 74.9 points on 44 percent shooting. Antoine Davis is averaging 26.9 points and 3.3 assists while Josh McFolley is averaging 12 points and 2.8 rebounds. Harrison Curry is grabbing 3.5 rebounds and Derrien King is dishing 1.2 assists. The Detroit Mercy Titans are shooting 37.3 percent from beyond the arc and 66.1 percent from the free throw line. The Detroit Mercy Titans are allowing 31.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29.5 rebounds per game. The Detroit Mercy Titans have won three of their last five home games.

The Norse are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Titans are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games and 12-2 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The under is 4-1 in Titans last 5 overall. The under is 5-1 in Norse last 6 overall.

The Northern Kentucky Norse are the better team and have been the most consistent, but the Detroit Mercy Titans are playing their best ball during this three-game winning streak and are an impressive 12-3 ATS on the season. The Detroit Mercy Titans are also outscoring teams by 10.8 points at home this season while allowing just 39 percent shooting. There's value getting a free bucket with Detroit, so that's the side I'll be on in this interesting contest. 

Pick:
Detroit Mercy Titans +3

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