Betting on today’s Panthers 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 154.5 points, with the Norse being the favored team playing at home against the Panthers.


The Pick: Northern Kentucky Norse -2.5

This game will be played at Truist Arena at 7:00 ET on Thursday, January 18th.


  • 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 154.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Will the Panthers Come Through as Road Underdogs?

After their win over Cleveland State, Milwaukee is now 9-8 overall and 4-2 in Horizon League play. They have won two straight games and are 3-5 as the underdog this season. So far, the Panthers are 2-6 on the road and have an average scoring margin of -6.4 points per game.

Over their last 10 road games, Milwaukee is 3-7. For the year, they have gone 5-6 in non-conference action. As the underdog, the Panthers have gone 3-5, and they are currently a 2.5-point underdog for today’s game.

Against the spread, Milwaukee has gone 7-8 this season, including a 5-3 mark as the underdog. On the road, the Panthers are 4-4 vs. the spread this year and they have gone 2-1 in their last 3 road games vs. the spread.

Today’s over/under line of 154.5 is lower than the average over/under line in Milwaukee’s games this year (151.3). On the season, the over/under record in their games is 9-5-1. Over their last three games, their games have averaged 169 points compared to their season average of 157.5 points per game.

The Milwaukee offense is coming off a game in which they scored 88 points vs. Cleveland State. Overall their field goal percentage was 49.2% while connecting on 6 threes. Offensively, the Panthers hold a season-long field goal percentage of 43%, placing them 273rd in the national rankings. When it comes to three-pointers, they are ranked 308th in terms of percentage and 82nd in three-pointers made.

Currently, the Panthers’ defense holds the 273rd rank in the nation, allowing 78.5 points per game. The Milwaukee defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 80 points and allowed Cleveland State to connect on 6 threes.

Can Northern Kentucky Secure a Home Victory?

After winning their last game against Detroit, the Norse come into this game with a record of 9-9. At home, they have gone 4-1 compared to 3-8 on the road. Overall, their average scoring margin is +8.6 points per game.

So far, Northern Kentucky has been favored in six of their 18 games, going 6-0 in those matchups. In their last 10 games at home, they have gone 8-2.

As the favorite this season, Northern Kentucky has gone 4-2 vs. the spread. In their last 10 games as the favorite, the Norse have an ATS mark of 7-3. At home, Northern Kentucky has an ATS record of 4-1 this year and is 6-2 ATS in their last 10 home games.

Today’s over/under line of 154.5 is higher than the average over/under line in Northern Kentucky’s games this season (140.2). So far this season, 10 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. Over their last three games, their over/under record is 2-1.

In their recent matchup, the Northern Kentucky offense ended with 81 points against Detroit. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 53.4% and made 3 threes. Offensively, the Norse have a season long field goal percentage of 45%, which is 143rd in the nation. In terms of three-pointers, they are 331st in percentage and 328th in three-pointers made.

So far, the Norse’s defense is ranked 174th in the country at 72.6 points per contest. In their previous game vs. Detroit, the Titans finished with a field goal percentage of 45% and a total of 76 points vs. Northern Kentucky.