Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Vikings and Norse. The game is starting at 7:00 ET on ESPN+, and it’s hosted by the Norse at Truist Arena in Highland Heights, KY. Get ready to place your bets! 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.

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.

Will Cleveland State Come Through as Road Underdogs?

As they prepare for their 28th game of the season, Cleveland State enters with a 16-11 overall record. The Vikings are 4-9 on the road this season and 11-2 at home. As of today’s game, Cleveland State holds a 13-13 record against the spread (ATS). In their last ten games, Cleveland State has gone 3-2 ATS.

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. The Vikings have an over/under record of 1-2 in their last three games, 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. On the offensive front, the Vikings have a season-long field goal percentage of 44%, ranking 196th nationally. When it comes to three-point shooting, they are ranked 147th in terms of percentage and 222nd in three-pointers made.

Coming into today’s game, the Cleveland State defense is giving up an average of 73.7 points per contest. In today’s game, the Cleveland State defense will be looking to once again do a good job defending the three-point line, as they gave up just 2 three-pointers while giving up 73 points.

Can Northern Kentucky Grab a Win at Home?

Northern Kentucky is about to play their 28th game of the season and currently have a record of 14-13. When playing away from home, the Norse have a 4-10 record while they have an 8-3 record when playing at home. At the moment, Northern Kentucky holds an ATS record above .500, sitting at 14-11. In terms of road games ATS, the Norse are currently 7-7, while they have a 7-4 record vs. the spread at home.

Up to this point, games involving Northern Kentucky have had an average of 144.9 points per game, with the average over/under line set at 143.1 points. Their over/under record is 13-12-0. The Norse have an over/under record of 0-3 in their last three games, with their games averaging 134 points per game.

The Northern Kentucky offense is coming off a game in which they scored 72 points vs. Milwaukee. Overall their field goal percentage was 43.9% while connecting on 6 threes. One area that the Northern Kentucky offense has been good this season is getting to the line. Currently, they are 76th in free-throw attempts per contest. Overall, they have a field goal percentage of 45%.

Northern Kentucky’s defense is currently in line with the NCAA average for points allowed, allowing an average of 72.1 points per game. So far, the Northern Kentucky defense is giving up an average of 10.0 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 12.3 times per game (625th).