Planning on watching today’s Vikings and Norse game? Catch the action at Truist Arena in Highland Heights, KY, as the Norse hosts this showdown at 7:00 ET on ESPN+. The over/under for this Horizon League conference contest is set at 146.5 points, with Northern Kentucky being favored by -2.5 at home against Cleveland State.


The Pick: Northern Kentucky Norse -2.5

This game will be played at Truist Arena at 7:00 ET on Thursday, February 22nd.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Norse.
  • Not only will Northern Kentucky pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -2.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 146.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Does Cleveland State Have A Chance at Truist Arena?

Today, the Cleveland State Vikings will be playing against Northern Kentucky with a record of 16-11. As the away team, the Vikings have a 4-9 record, while they are 11-2 at home this season. Against the spread, Cleveland State has a 13-13 mark thus far this year. In their last ten games, Cleveland State is 3-2 vs. the spread.

Through 27 games, Cleveland State has an over/under record of 13-13-0 with their games averaging a combined 150.7 points per game so far. In their most recent three games, the Vikings’ over/under record is 1-2, with their games averaging 146 points per game.

The Vikings’ offense finished with 81 points in their previous game, mirroring their current average of 76.7 points per contest. Currently leading the team in scoring is Tristan Enaruna who comes into today’s matchup averaging 19.7. Drew Lowder also heads into the game with a PPG average of 12.3.

Coming into today’s game, the Cleveland State defense is giving up an average of 73.7 points per contest. So far, the Cleveland State defense is giving up an average of 10.8 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 10.4 times per game (455th).

Can the Norse Live Up to the Hype at Home?

Northern Kentucky is getting ready for their 28th contest of the season, holding a 14-13 record. When playing away from home, the Norse have gone 4-10 this year while posting an 8-3 record at home. As Northern Kentucky enters today’s game, their ATS record stands at 14-11. Looking at their performance over the last five games, the team has gone 3-2 vs. the spread.

Northern Kentucky comes in with an over/under record of 13-12-0 through 27 games, with their games averaging a combined 144.9 points per game so far. When looking at the Norse’s last three games, their over/under record is 0-3, with their games averaging 134 points per game.

Coming off their recent game, the Northern Kentucky offense tallied 72 points in a matchup against Milwaukee. Their field goal percentage for the game was 43.9%, and they made 6 threes. Coming into the game, the Norse offense has strugled with their outside shot this season, hitting threes at a rate of just 30%. On average, they get up 19.3 three-point attempts per game and are averaging 15.1 made free-throws.

So far, the Norse’s defense is ranked 175th in the country at 72.1 points per contest. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Northern Kentucky’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 42.6% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 28.9% this season.