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Northern Kentucky vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee - 2/8/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers (13-13) at Northern Kentucky Norse (17-7)
Date & Time Thursday February 8, 2018, 7:30 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Northern Kentucky Norse -12.5 -- Over/Under: 137
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NCAA BB | Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers (13-13) at Northern Kentucky Norse (17-7)

We have some Horizon league action on the hardwood as the Milwaukee Panthers take on the Northern Kentucky Norse in a college basketball matchup on Thursday night. 

The Milwaukee Panthers will look to keep the ball rolling after winning 4 of their last 5 games following a 76-58 win over Green Bay in their last outing. Bryce Nze led the Panthers with 25 points on 11 of 14 shooting with 10 rebounds, a pair of steals and a pair of blocks, while Carson Warren-Newsom added 12 points on 5 of 9 shooting with a pair of threes in 19 minutes. Jeremiah Bell came right behind with 11 points along with a team-high 5 assists to round out the trio of double digit scorers for the Panthers in the win. Bell leads Milwaukee in scoring with an average of 13.6 points per game while Nze leads the Panthers on the glass with 7.8 rebounds per game and August Haas leads the team in assists with 3.2 helpers per game this season. As a team, Milwaukee is scoring 68.7 points per game on 45% shooting from the field, 33.1% from behind the arc and 66.9% from the foul line this season.

The Northern Kentucky Norse will look to stay hot after winning 3 straight and 6 of their last 7 games following a 78-61 road win over Cleveland State last time out. LaVone Holland II led the Norse with 21 points on 8 of 15 shooting with 3 threes, while Drew McDonald came right behind in 2nd with 19 points on 8 of 12 shooting with 7 rebounds and a team-high 7 assists. Mason Faulkner didn’t miss on the night, going 5 of 5 from the floor including 3 of 3 from downtown for 14 points while Tyler Sharpe added 4 triples for his 12 points in the winning effort for NKU. McDonald leads Northern Kentucky with an average of 17.1 points and 9 rebounds per game while Holland II is the Norse’s top assist man with 4.7 assists per game this season. As a team, Northern Kentucky is scoring 79.9 points per game on 48.9% shooting from the field, 35.7% from behind the arc and 72.3% from the foul line this season.

Milwaukee is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 conference matchups. Northern Kentucky is 11-3-1 ATS in their last 15 home games and 34-16-2 ATS in their last 52 games overall while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 conference matchups.

Milwaukee has been doing pretty well ATS of late, however the same can’t be said for the Panthers on the road while Northern Kentucky has looked very good ATS dating back a couple of years and won the first meeting between these two on the road by 27 points and I think we see more of the same here as the Norse to me are the team to beat in the Horizon League so I’ll lay the points here.

Northern Kentucky -12.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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