The Texas Southern Tigers (0-4) are off to a slow start and will try to pick up their first victory when they square off against the Northern Kentucky Norse (4-1) at BB&T Arena. Action gets underway at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 23, 2019.
Texas Southern Tigers vs. Northern Kentucky Norse ATS Preview
In the Tigers’ last matchup, they lost big to the Arkansas Razorbacks, 82-51. With 15 points on 6-for-12 shooting, Tyrik Armstrong led Texas Southern in scoring. Arkansas had a turnover percentage of 11.2 (better than their season average of 18.6). Texas Southern, meanwhile, had an offensive rebounding percentage of 32.4 (above their season average of 24.2).
The Norse will look to keep it rolling after just getting past the Ball State Cardinals in their last matchup, 59-57. Northern Kentucky was lifted by Dantez Walton, who was the top scorer from either team with 18 points on 6-for-17 shooting. Northern Kentucky’s 0.333 free throw rate was their biggest advantage over Ball State, who had a mark of 0.167. The Norse’s mark was above their season average of 0.153, while the Cardinals’ was below the 0.233 mark opponents have averaged against Northern Kentucky this season.
Northern Kentucky figures to have the advantage on the offensive side of the ball. The Norse rank 37th in offensive efficiency, while the Tigers rank 220th in defensive efficiency since last season. Furthermore, the Tigers, who rank 37th in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.271), could get to the line a ton against the Norse, who rank 256th in opponents’ FTA rate (0.247).
Texas Southern vs. Northern Kentucky Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Northern Kentucky, ATS Winner – Northern Kentucky, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2018-Present):
The Norse average 3.9 blocks per game, which ranks 89th in the NCAA. The Tigers rank 222nd in blocks allowed per game (3.9).
Northern Kentucky averages 24.7 three pointers per game, which ranks 73rd in the country. Texas Southern ranks 195th in three pointers allowed per game (22.8).
Northern Kentucky ranks 12th in assists per game (16.8) while Texas Southern ranks 288th in assists allowed per game (15.8).
The Norse rank 68th in rebounds allowed per game (33.0) while the Tigers rank 304th (39.1).
Northern Kentucky ranks 112th in steals allowed per game (6.0) while Texas Southern ranks 256th (7.5).