The No. 4 seed Northern Kentucky Norse (21-12, 14-6 Horizon League) take on the No. 3 Cleveland State Vikings (21-12, 14-6 Horizon League) in the championship game of the Horizon League tournament on Tuesday at 7:00 PM. The winner will secure an automatic spot in the NCAA Tournament bracket.
Tuesday’s matchup between the Norse and the Vikings features the Norse as 2.5-point favorites. The game’s over/under is 127.
Northern Kentucky vs. Cleveland State Odds
Point Spread for Northern Kentucky vs. Cleveland State
The spread for this matchup is set at 2.5 points, with sportsbooks listing Northern Kentucky as the favorite.
Northern Kentucky vs. Cleveland State Moneyline
As for the moneyline, Northern Kentucky has -150 odds to pick up the win, while Cleveland State is listed at +128 to claim victory.
Finally, the total for the game is set at 127 points.
Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Tuesday, March 7, 2023
- Game Time: 7:00 PM ET
- TV Channel: ESPN
- Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
- Arena: Indiana Farmers Coliseum
Northern Kentucky vs. Cleveland State Betting Trends
Northern Kentucky has played 31 games, with 14 wins against the spread. The Norse have been chosen as favorites in 21 games this year and have walked away with the win 15 times (71.4%) in those games. Northern Kentucky’s games this year have hit the over on 12 of 31 set point totals.
Cleveland State has 15 wins against the spread in 31 games this season. The Vikings have been the moneyline underdog 13 total times this season. They’ve finished 6-7 in those games. Cleveland State’s games this year have hit the over on 18 of 31 set point totals (58.1%).
Northern Kentucky vs. Cleveland State Key Players to Watch
Marques Warrick leads the Norse with 19.1 points per game and 2.8 assists, while also posting 2.3 rebounds. Sam Vinson puts up 11.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game, shooting 39.2% from the floor and 33.8% from beyond the arc with 1.5 made 3-pointers per contest. Chris Brandon posts a team-leading 9.8 rebounds per contest. He is also averaging 6.8 points and 0.8 assists, shooting 65.1% from the floor. Xavier Rhodes averages a team-best 3.7 assists per contest. He is also posting 7.6 points and 2.2 rebounds, shooting 44.6% from the field.
Tristan Enaruna is posting team highs in points (15.6 per game) and rebounds (6.7). And he is producing 1.4 assists, making 51.7% of his shots from the field. The Vikings receive 11.2 points, 6 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game from Tujautae Williams. Deshon Parker leads the Vikings in assists (4.1 per game), and puts up 9.7 points and 4.5 rebounds. He also delivers 1 steal and 0.2 blocked shots. The Vikings get 7.9 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game from Deante Johnson.
What you need to know about the Northern Kentucky Norse
Northern Kentucky has compiled a 13-9-0 ATS record in conference play so far this year. So far this season, the Norse are putting up 68.4 points per game (268th-ranked in college basketball) and surrendering 63.6 points per contest (29th-ranked). Northern Kentucky is averaging 30.5 rebounds per game (259th-ranked in college basketball) this season, while allowing 30.2 rebounds per contest (127th-ranked).
Northern Kentucky is draining 8.3 threes per game (76th-ranked in college basketball) this year, while owning a 35.3% three-point percentage (120th-ranked). The Norse are ceding 7.4 threes per game (203rd-ranked in college basketball). They are allowing opposing teams to shoot 36.2% (317th-ranked) from three-point land.
The Norse are 8-2 against the spread and 7-3 overall in their last 10 contests. Northern Kentucky has gone over the total in four of its last 10 games. On the offensive side of the ball, Northern Kentucky has increased its production a little bit over its last 10 games, scoring 69.9 points per contest over that span compared to the 68.4 it has put up over the course of this season. The last 10 games have seen Northern Kentucky give up 0.4 more points per game (64) than its season-long average (63.6).
What you need to know about the Cleveland State Vikings
A total of 16 Cleveland State conference games this season have gone over the point total. The Vikings put up 72 points per game and give up 68.2, ranking them 177th in the nation on offense and 124th defensively. On the boards, Cleveland State is 113th in the country in rebounds (32.8 per game). It is 227th in rebounds conceded (31.8 per game).
Cleveland State is the ninth-worst team in college basketball in 3-pointers made (5 per game) and 18th-worst in 3-point percentage (30.5%). The Vikings give up 7 3-pointers per game and concede 32% from beyond the arc, ranking 152nd and 72nd, respectively, in the country.
The Vikings are 3-7 against the spread and 7-3 overall in their last 10 games. Eight of Cleveland State’s last 10 outings have gone over the total. Cleveland State has played better offensively over its previous 10 games, compiling 75.9 points per contest, 3.9 more than its season average of 72. The Vikings have fared worse defensively in their previous 10 games, giving up 73.7 points per contest, 5.5 more points their than season average of 68.2.
Northern Kentucky vs. Cleveland State Prediction & Pick
Our prediction to win this contest is Cleveland State, and we expect that Cleveland State will cover the spread (Northern Kentucky -2.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 127 points.
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