Northern Kentucky vs. IUPUI - 2/14/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Northern Kentucky vs. IUPUI - 2/14/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Brett Rojo-USA TODAY Sports

IUPUI Jaguars (6-20) at Northern Kentucky Norse (18-7)

College Basketball: Friday, February 14, 2020 at 7:00 pm (BB&T Arena)

The Line: Northern Kentucky Norse -16.5 -- Over/Under: 147

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The IUPUI Jaguars will travel to BB&T Arena to take on the Northern Kentucky Norse this Friday night in College Basketball action.

The IUPUI Jaguars lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 6-20 (2-11 Horizon) on the season after being defeated by the Milwaukee Panthers, 80-79 in OT, this past Saturday. IUPUI fought back from a 69-63 deficit with just 4:29 left in regulation to force OT, however, could pull off the victory after Milwaukee’s Te’Jon Lucas hit the game-winning jumper for the Panthers with just :07 seconds left in OT. IUPUI shot just 32.9% from the field and was outrebounded by the Panthers by a 49-41 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Jaguars was Jaylen Minnett who had 26 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals.

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On the season, IUPUI is averaging 70.4 ppg on 41.1% shooting from the field. The Jaguars are averaging 8.0 three-pointers per game on 33.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, IUPUI has been led by Marcus Burk (20.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.2 spg), Jaylen Minnett (16.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.2 spg), and Elyjah Goss (8.8 ppg, 11.7 rpg, 1.2 bpg).

Defensively, IUPUI is holding their opponents to an average of 65.3 ppg on 41.5% shooting from the field. The Jaguars have a rebound margin of 0.8 and a turnover margin of 1.4.

The Northern Kentucky Norse won their 4th straight game and improved to 18-7 (10-3 Horizon) on the season after defeating the Detroit Mercy Titans, 84-65, this past Saturday. Northern Kentucky led by a 41-35 margin at halftime and had no trouble securing the victory after a 13-0 Norse run gave Northern Kentucky a 63-45 lead with 11:46 left in regulation. Northern Kentucky shot 45.2% from the field and forced Detroit into committing 19 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Norse was Jalen Tate who had 24 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, and a block.

On the season, Northern Kentucky is averaging 73.7 ppg on 44.1% shooting from the field. The Norse are averaging 8.6 three-pointers per game on 31.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Northern Kentucky has been led by Dantez Walton (16.7 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.7 spg), Tyler Sharpe (16.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.8 spg), and Trevon Faulkner (13.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.2 spg).

Defensively, Northern Kentucky is holding their opponents to an average of 65.3 ppg on 41.5% shooting from the field. The Norse have a rebound margin of 0.8 and a turnover margin of 1.4.

The Jaguars are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against Northern Kentucky. The Norse are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games and 15-8 ATS on the season.

IUPUI has lost 8 of their last 9 games and come into this match-up ranked just 206th in scoring offense, 301st in FG%, and 334th in scoring defense.

Northern Kentucky has been solid on both ends of the court this season and currently rank 109th in scoring offense, 71st in scoring defense, and T-46th in steals per game.

IUPUI has some decent scoring options in Marcus Burk & Jaylen Minnett, however, that is really the only positive we’ve seen from the Jaguars this season as their defense has been terrible and their road record currently sits at just 3-10. Northern Kentucky held the Burk/Minnett duo to just 32 points in their first match-up this season while putting up 96 points in a 25-point victory on the road and as I think they’ll see similar success at home in this one, I’m taking Northern Kentucky to cover. Good Luck!

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Brett’s Pick Northern Kentucky Norse -16.5

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