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+. This Horizon League conference matchup has an over/under of 146.5 points, and Northern Kentucky is favored to win by -2.5 at home vs. Cleveland State.

CLEVELAND STATE VIKINGS VS NORTHERN KENTUCKY NORSE BETTING PICK

The Pick: Northern Kentucky Norse -2.5

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

WHY BET THE NORTHERN KENTUCKY NORSE:

  • 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 What it Takes on the Road?

Cleveland State currently has a record of 16-11 after playing 27 games. In away games, the Vikings have a record of 4-9, while at home they are 11-2. As of now, Cleveland State has a 13-13 record against the spread going into today’s game. In their last ten games, Cleveland State has gone 3-2 vs. the spread.

Up to this point, games involving Cleveland State have had an average of 150.7 points per game, with the average over/under line set at 147.7 points. Their over/under record is 13-13-0. When analyzing the Vikings’ last five games, they have produced a combined average of 146 points per game and an over/under record of 2-3.

Cleveland State’s offense is coming off a strong performance, scoring 81 points against Youngstown State. They had an overall field goal percentage of 53.3% and made 15/20 free throws. The team’s top scorer is Tristan Enaruna, who comes into today’s matchup with an average of 19.7, while Drew Lowder also maintains a PPG average of 12.3 leading up to the game.

At present, the Vikings’ defense is nationally ranked 214th, allowing 73.7 points per game. On average, opposing teams are hitting 6.7 threes per game vs. Northern Kentucky. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 32.3%.

Can the Norse Hold Strong at Home?

The Norse have a record of 14-13 heading into today’s game, and are coming off a narrow loss to Milwaukee (73-72). In road games this season, the Norse are 4-10, but have a solid 8-3 record at home. In terms of ATS, Northern Kentucky has compiled a record of 14-11 thus far in the season. This includes a 7-7 mark on the road and a 7-4 mark at home.

In 27 games, Northern Kentucky comes in with an over/under mark of 13-12-0, with their games averaging 144.9 points per game. The Norse have an over/under record of 0-3 in their last three games, with their games averaging 134 points per game.

In their latest game, Northern Kentucky offense put up 72 points against Milwaukee. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 43.9% and 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.

Northern Kentucky’s defense is currently in line with the NCAA average for points allowed, allowing an average of 72.1 points per game. Against Milwaukee, the Norse’s defense gave up 73 points and did a good job not fouling. For the game, Milwaukee only made 9 free-throws.