Northern Kentucky at Oakland Golden: 3/8/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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Oakland Golden Grizzlies (11-17) vs Northern Kentucky Norse (14-10)
Game Info: Monday, March 8, 2021 at 9:30 pm (Indiana Farmers Coliseum)
Betting Odds: Oakland Golden Grizzlies +1 -- Over/Under: 147.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Northern Kentucky Norse and the Oakland Golden Grizzlies will square off at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum in the Semifinals of the Horizon League Championship this Monday night.
The 4-seed Northern Kentucky was able to advance to the Semifinals after defeating the Detroit Mercy Titans, 70-69, this past Tuesday. Northern Kentucky trailed by a 69-64 margin with 3:45 left in regulation, however, the Norse were able to pull off the come from behind victory after closing out the rest of the game on a 7-0 run. Northern Kentucky shot 44.3% from the field and 29.0% from beyond the arc. Northern Kentucky lost the turnover battle by a 11-10 margin, however, won the rebounding battle by a 35-22 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Norse was Marques Warrick who had 20 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, & 1 steal.
On the season, Northern Kentucky is averaging 71.9 ppg on 45.1% shooting from the field. The Norse are averaging 7.2 three-pointers per game on 31.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Northern Kentucky has been led by Trevon Faulkner (16.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.5 spg), Marques Warrick (16.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.8 apg), Bryson Langdon (10.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.2 spg), & Adrian Nelson (8.5 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 1.0 spg).
Defensively, Northern Kentucky is allowing their opponents to average 71.3 ppg on 45.1% shooting from the field. The Norse have a rebound margin of 0.9 and a turnover margin of 0.4.
The Oakland Golden Grizzlies advanced to the Semifinals after defeating the Youngstown State Penguins, 87-83 in OT, this past Tuesday. Oakland allowed Youngstown State to fight back and force OT after holding a 62-51 lead with 9:35 left in regulation, however, the Golden Grizzlies had no trouble pulling away in OT after an 8-0 run gave Oakland an 84-78 lead with :50 seconds left in regulation. Oakland shot 46.5% from the field and 42.9% from beyond the arc while Youngstown State shot 49.2% from the field and 38.2% from beyond the arc. Oakland was outrebounded by Youngstown State by a 38-36 margin, however, won the turnover battle by a 20-12 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Golden Grizzlies was Jalen Moore who had a double-double with 20 points, 5 rebounds, 11 assists, & 1 steal.
On the season, Oakland is averaging 75.1 ppg on 41.8% shooting from the field. The Golden Grizzlies are averaging 8.6 three-pointers per game on 33.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Oakland has been led by Jalen Moore (17.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 8.5 apg, 1.8 spg), Rashad Williams (13.4 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 1.0 apg), Daniel Oladapo (13.0 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.1 spg), & Terry Townsend (8.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.4 spg).
Defensively, Oakland is allowing their opponents to average 82.1 ppg on 47.8% shooting from the field. The Golden Grizzlies have a rebound margin of -3.6 and a turnover margin of 0.8.
The Norse are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 11-3 ATS in their last 14 neutral site games. The Golden Grizzlies are 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games played in March, however, are just 3-6 ATS in their last 9 Monday games.
Northern Kentucky has won 9 of their last 11 games and have been led by their offense this season which ranks 160th in scoring offense & 115th in FG%. Oakland has struggled defensively this season as they currently rank just 334th in scoring defense & 325th in defensive FG%, however, the Golden Grizzlies have one of the more explosive offenses in the Horizon as they rank 83rd in scoring offense & 57th in three-pointers made per game. Oakland is a decent team, however, they are just 6-11 on the road this season & 0-2 in neutral games and as I like how Northern Kentucky has looked over the past few weeks, I think the play here is to take Northern Kentucky to cover this small spread. Good Luck!