Northern Kentucky at Green Bay
|Date & Time||Saturday March 2, 2019, 1:00 PM (EST)|
Green Bay Phoenix - TBD -- Over/Under: TBD
The Northern Kentucky Norse will travel to the Resch Center to take on the Green Bay Phoenix this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Northern Kentucky Norse improved to 22-8 (12-5 Horizon) on the season after defeating the Milwaukee Panthers, 66-55, this past Thursday. Northern Kentucky went into halftime trailing by a 34-28 margin, however, was outstanding defensively in the 2nd half and had no trouble pulling away after taking a 61-50 lead with 3:54 left in regulation. Northern Kentucky shot 49.1% from the field while holding Milwaukee to just 38.9% shooting from the field and 27.3% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Norse was Jalen Tate who had 18 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and a block.
On the season, Northern Kentucky is averaging 78.8 ppg on 48.2% shooting from the field. The Norse are averaging 8.7 three-pointers per game on 35.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Northern Kentucky has been led by Drew McDonald (19.6 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 2.8 apg), Tyler Sharpe (14.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.5 spg), Jalen Tate (13.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.7 apg), and Dantez Walton (11.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.0 spg).
Defensively, Northern Kentucky is holding their opponents to an average of 68.0 ppg on 41.7% shooting from the field. The Norse have a rebound margin of 4.5 and a turnover margin of 0.9.
The Green Bay Phoenix improved to 16-14 (10-7 Horizon) on the season after defeating the Wright State Raiders, 70-67, this past Thursday. Green Bay went into halftime with a 42-37 lead and was able to hang on late after taking a 68-58 lead with 3:37 left in regulation. Green Bay held Wright State to just 39.7% shooting from the field and 25.0% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Phoenix was Sandy Cohen III who had 24 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 blocks.
On the season, Green Bay is averaging 81.2 ppg on 45.3% shooting from the field. The Phoenix are averaging 7.8 three-pointers per game on 33.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Green Bay has been led by Sandy Cohen III (16.9 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 4.5 apg, 1.9 spg), JayQuan McCloud (13.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.2 apg), Kameron Hankerson (9.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.0 spg), and PJ Pipes (6.2 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.2 apg).
Defensively, Green Bay is allowing their opponents to average 80.1 ppg on 44.7% shooting from the field. The Phoenix have a rebound margin of -3.8 and a turnover margin of 3.0.
The Norse are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 Saturday games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Phoenix are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Northern Kentucky has won 4 of their last 6 games and have been solid on both ends of the court this season as the Norse currently rank 45th in scoring offense, 23rd in FG%, and T-84th in scoring defense.
Green Bay has won 4 of their last 5 games and although their defense has given up a bunch of points and currently rank just 340th in scoring defense, the Phoenix have been solid offensively and come into this match-up ranked 27th in scoring offense & 128th in FG%.
The line has yet to be posted in this match-up as Northern Kentucky’s best player, Drew McDonald, is currently questionable with an ankle injury. Even if McDonald is able to give it a go, my initial thoughts were leaning towards a Green Bay team that has been playing outstanding as of late and have been impressive on the defensive end as of late as over their last 5 games as they are holding their opponents to an average of just 67.0 ppg. Northern Kentucky has lost their last three away games coming into this match-up and although we’ll have to see where this line ends up, I’m leaning towards taking the Phoenix.