Northern Kentucky vs. Detroit - 2/8/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Northern Kentucky vs. Detroit - 2/8/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Brett Rojo-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Titans (6-18) at Northern Kentucky Norse (17-7)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 7:00 pm (BB&T Arena)

The Line: Northern Kentucky Norse -12.5 -- Over/Under: 144 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Detroit Mercy Titans will travel to BB&T Arena to take on the Northern Kentucky Norse this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Detroit Mercy Titans lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 6-18 (4-7 Horizon) on the season after being defeated by the Wright State Raiders, 98-86, this past Thursday night. Detroit Mercy had no answers on the defensive end for the Wright State offense and couldn’t fight back after falling behind by a 56-36 margin with 17:02 left in regulation. Detroit Mercy shot 45.5% from the field, however, allowed Wright State to shoot 57.6% from the field and 50.0% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Titans was Antoine Davis who had 28 points, 3 rebounds, and 9 assists.

On the season, Detroit Mercy is averaging 69.5 ppg on 38.8% shooting from the field. The Titans are averaging 8.9 three-pointers per game on 32.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Detroit Mercy has been led by Antoine Davis (23.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.7 apg, 1.7 spg), Justin Miller (10.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.4 apg), and Chris Brandon (6.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.5 bpg).

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Defensively, Detroit Mercy is allowing their opponents to average 77.8 ppg on 45.5% shooting from the field. The Titans have a rebound margin of -1.3 and a turnover margin of -1.3.

The Northern Kentucky Norse won their 3rd consecutive game and improved to 17-7 (9-3 Horizon) on the season after defeating the Oakland Golden Grizzlies, 73-70, this past Thursday night. Northern Kentucky struggled offensively at home against the Golden Grizzlies, however, their defense came up big as with the Norse leading 71-70 late with Oakland having the ball, Northern Kentucky was able to force a huge turnover that helped them seal the game. Northern Kentucky shot just 38.9% from the field and 25.7% from beyond the arc, however, did win the turnover battle by a 13-4 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Norse was Dantez Walton who had a double-double with 23 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks, and 3 steals.

On the season, Northern Kentucky is averaging 73.3 ppg on 44.0% shooting from the field. The Norse are averaging 8.6 three-pointers per game on 31.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Northern Kentucky has been led by Dantez Walton (17.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.7 spg), Tyler Shape (16.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.7 spg), and Trevon Faulkner (13.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.3 spg).

Defensively, Northern Kentucky is holding their opponents to an average of 65.3 ppg on 41.4% shooting from the field. The Norse have a rebound margin of 0.5 and a turnover margin of 1.2.

The Titans are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up loss and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 road games. The Norse are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall.

Detroit has lost 6 of their last 9 games and have struggled on both ends of the court this season as the Titans currently rank 230th in scoring offense, 345th in FG%, and 332nd in scoring defense.

Northern Kentucky has won 8 of their last 9 games and have been solid on both ends of the court this season as the Norse come into this match-up ranked 124th in scoring offense, 78th in scoring defense, and 111th in defensive FG%.

Detroit Mercy has one of the best scorers in the Horizon in Antoine Davis, however, the Titans only have one other one other player that averages more than 8.0 ppg and have a defense that once agianst one of the worst in College Basketball. Detroit was able to pick up a surprising victory over Northern Kentucky at home earlier this season, however, as the Titans are just 1-12 on the road this season and I see their defense struggling in this one, I’m taking Northern Kentucky to cover this double-digit spread. Good Luck!

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