Cleveland State at Northern Kentucky
|Date & Time||Saturday February 23, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
Highland Heights, KY
Northern Kentucky Norse -17 -- Over/Under: 150
The Cleveland State Vikings will travel to BB&T Arena to take on the Northern Kentucky Norse this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The Cleveland State Vikings dropped to 8-21 (3-13 Horizon) on the season after being defeated by the Wright State Raiders, 87-61, this past Thursday. Cleveland State trailed by just a 43-38 margin at halftime, however, struggled on both ends of the court in the 2nd half and couldn’t fight back after the Raiders took a 61-46 lead with 12:04 left in regulation. Cleveland State shot just 28.0% from beyond the arc while allowing Wright State to shoot 52.5% from the field and 52.4% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Vikings was Tyree Appleby who had 11 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, and a steal.
On the season, Cleveland State is averaging 73.4 ppg on 43.1% shooting from the field. The Vikings are averaging 9.9 three-pointers per game on 37.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Cleveland State has been led by Tyree Appleby (17.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 5.5 apg, 1.5 spg), Rashad Williams (10.8 ppg, 1.9 rpg), Jaalam Hill (10.2 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.2 apg), and Stefan Kenic (9.5 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.4 apg).
Defensively, Cleveland State is allowing their opponents to average 78.6 ppg on 44.6% shooting from the field. The Vikings have a rebound margin of -4.0 and a turnover margin of -1.2.
The Northern Kentucky Norse improved to 21-7 (11-4 Horizon) on the season after defeating the Youngstown State Penguins, 76-69, this past Thursday. Northern Kentucky had all they could handle from the Penguins, however, the Norse were able to pull away later after a 9-0 Norse run gave Northern Kentucky a 72-64 lead with just :40 seconds left in regulation. Northern Kentucky shot 51.1% from the field and outrebounded Youngstown State by a 33-26 margin. Leading the way for the Norse was Drew McDonald who had a double-double with 27 points, 12 rebounds, and 3 assists.
On the season, Northern Kentucky is averaging 79.4 ppg on 48.4% shooting from the field. The Norse are averaging 8.9 three-pointers per game on 36.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Northern Kentucky has been led by Drew McDonald (19.5 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 2.8 apg), Tyler Sharpe (14.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.5 spg), Jalen Tate (13.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.8 rpg, 1.8 spg), and Dantez Walton (11.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.8 apg).
Defensively, Northern Kentucky is holding their opponents to an average of 67.9 ppg on 41.4% shooting from the field. The Norse have a rebound margin of 4.6 and a turnover margin of 1.0.
The Vikings are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 Saturday games, however, are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Norse are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400, however, are just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
Cleveland State has lost 5 of their last 7 games and come into this game ranked just 247th in scoring offense, 328th in scoring defense, and 231st in defensive FG%.
Northern Kentucky has won 9 of their last 12 games and have been solid on both ends of the court as the Norse rank 43rd in scoring offense, 20th in FG%, and 88th in scoring defense.
Northern Kentucky disappointed us on Thursday as they couldn’t cover at home agianst Youngstown State, however, I’m not gun shy going right back with the Norse even with this large spread. Cleveland State can really only generate points if they are hitting three-pointers which will be difficult at BB&T Arena and between the fact that the Norse won by a 91-76 margin against Cleveland State earlier this season and that Northern Kentucky is a perfect 16-0 at home this season, I’m going to take Northern Kentucky to cover this large spread. Good Luck!