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Milwaukee vs. Northern Kentucky - 2/28/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Northern Kentucky at Milwaukee
Date & Time Thursday February 28, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
The Line
The Line: Milwaukee +8.5 -- Over/Under: 145
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The Northern Kentucky Norse and Milwaukee Panthers meet Thursday in college basketball action at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena.

The Northern Kentucky Norse could use a win after splitting their last eight games. The Northern Kentucky Norse are averaging 77.7 points on 47.4 percent shooting and allowing 69.9 points on 42.9 percent shooting. Drew McDonald is averaging 19.6 points and 9.9 rebounds while Tyler Sharpe is averaging 14.1 points and 1.8 assists. Jalen Tate is the third double-digit scorer and Dantez Walton is dishing 2.7 assists. The Northern Kentucky Norse are shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 67.4 percent from the free throw line. The Northern Kentucky Norse are allowing 31.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.1 rebounds per game. The Northern Kentucky Norse have lost six of their last nine road games.

The Milwaukee Panthers could use a win here to snap a nine-game losing streak. The Milwaukee Panthers are averaging 69.4 points on 41.6 percent shooting and allowing 75.8 points on 43.8 percent shooting. Darius Roy is averaging 15.8 points and 4.1 assists while DeAndre Abram is averaging 12.3 points and 7.2 rebounds. Jake Wright is grabbing 1.8 rebounds and Vance Johnson is grabbing 5.4 rebounds. The Milwaukee Panthers are shooting 34.4 percent from beyond the arc and 73.8 percent from the free throw line. The Milwaukee Panthers are allowing 33.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.2 rebounds per game. The Milwaukee Panthers have split their last six home games.

The Norse are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. Horizon League, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Panthers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Horizon League, 36-13-3 ATS in their last 52 Thursday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Norse are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The over is 5-2 in Panthers last 7 home games. The over is 5-1 in Norse last 6 road games.

The Northern Kentucky Norse aren't exactly world-beaters, but anything beats what Milwaukee is going through at the moment. Not only have the Milwaukee Panthers lost nine straight games, but they're shooting just 40.1 percent from the field in their last five games while losing by an average of 10.8 points. Milwaukee is 5-6 ATS at home and is losing those games by an average of 3.1 points. Northern Kentucky beat Milwaukee last month by 13 points and has won the last five meetings by an average of 10.8 points. Milwaukee hasn't won a game against Northern Kentucky since January of 2017. I have no choice but to side with Northern Kentucky and the chalk. 

Pick:
Northern Kentucky -8.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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