Northern Kentucky vs. Oakland Horizon Tournament Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Thursday, March 2, 2023

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Northern Kentucky vs. Oakland Horizon Tournament Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Thursday, March 2, 2023

College Basketball Predictions

The No. 4 seed Northern Kentucky Norse (19-12, 14-6 Horizon) are 6.5-point favorites in the Horizon Tournament against the No. 5 seed Oakland Golden Grizzlies (13-18, 11-9 Horizon) on Thursday at BB&T Arena at Northern Kentucky. The game begins at 7:00 PM and airs on ESPN+, with both teams hoping to move one step closer to an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament bracket. The point total is 134.5 in the matchup.

Northern Kentucky vs. Oakland Odds

  • Northern Kentucky odds to win: -301
  • Oakland odds to win: +240
  • Spread: Northern Kentucky (-6.5)
  • Total: 134.5

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Game Time and Information

  • Date: Thursday, March 2, 2023
  • Time: 7:00 PM ET
  • TV: ESPN+
  • Where: Highland Heights, Kentucky
  • Venue: BB&T Arena at Northern Kentucky

Who Will Win Northern Kentucky vs. Oakland?

Northern Kentucky and Oakland Betting Trends, Records Against the Spread

When it has played as at least 6.5-point favorites this season, Northern Kentucky is 3-7 against the spread.

In games this year in which it was an underdog by 6.5 points or more, Oakland has a 4-5 record against the spread.

The two teams average a combined 6.6 more points per game (141.1) than this matchup’s over/under of 134.5 points.

Opponents of these teams have averaged a combined 139.5 points per game, five more than the over/under for this game.

The average over/under Northern Kentucky has had set in matchups this season is 3.4 fewer points than this outing’s point total.

The average point total for the Golden Grizzlies this season is 15 points higher than this game’s over/under.

The Norse’s ATS record is 12-17-0 this season.

So far this season, the Golden Grizzlies have put together a 12-18-1 record against the spread.

Northern Kentucky Stats & Insights

Northern Kentucky outscores opponents by 4.5 points per game (scoring 67.8 per game to rank 279th in college basketball while allowing 63.3 per contest to rank 28th in college basketball) and has a +138 scoring differential overall.

Northern Kentucky pulls down 30.4 rebounds per game (265th in college basketball) compared to the 30.3 of its opponents.

The Norse knock down 8.3 three-pointers per game (75th in college basketball), while their opponents have made 7.5 on average.

Northern Kentucky’s 92.4 points per 100 possessions on offense rank 214th in college basketball, and the 86.3 points it allows per 100 possessions rank 58th in college basketball.

Offensively, the Norse have fared better when playing at home this year, scoring 72.2 points per game, compared to 63.3 per game in away games.

Oakland Stats & Insights

Oakland is being outscored by 2.9 points per game, with a -88 scoring differential overall. It puts up 73.3 points per game (140th in college basketball), and gives up 76.2 per contest (333rd in college basketball).

Oakland is 313th in the nation at 29.1 rebounds per game. That’s 5.8 fewer than the 34.9 its opponents average.

Oakland knocks down 7.2 three-pointers per game (206th in college basketball) while shooting 30.6% from deep (338th in college basketball). It is making 1.5 fewer threes than its opponents, who drain 8.7 per game at 36.5%.

Oakland ranks 190th in college basketball averaging 93.5 points per 100 possessions on offense, and defensively is 322nd, allowing 97.1 points per 100 possessions.

At home, the Golden Grizzlies score 78.4 points per game. On the road, they average 69.6.

Northern Kentucky Key Players to Watch

The Norse scoring leader is Marques Warrick, who averages 18.9 per contest to go with 2.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists.

Chris Brandon leads Northern Kentucky in rebounding, averaging 9.5 per game, while Xavier Rhodes leads the team in assists, distributing an average of 3.6 in each contest.

Warrick makes more threes per game than any other member of the Norse, knocking down shots from beyond the arc at a clip of 2.5 per contest.

Sam Vinson and Brandon lead Northern Kentucky on the defensive end, with Vinson leading the team in steals averaging 2.4 per game and Brandon in blocks averaging 0.7 per contest.

Oakland Key Players to Watch

Jalen Moore collects 19.6 points and adds 5.5 assists per game, putting him at the top of the Golden Grizzlies’ leaderboards for those statistics.

Trey Townsend is at the top of the Oakland rebounding leaderboard with 7.6 rebounds per game. He also notches 16.4 points and adds 1.5 assists per game.

Blake Lampman is the top shooter from deep for the Golden Grizzlies, hitting 2.4 threes per game.

Moore (2.3 steals per game) is the steal leader for Oakland while Townsend (1.1 blocks per game) is the block leader.

Northern Kentucky vs. Oakland Prediction

  • Pick ATS:

    Northern Kentucky (-6.5)

  • Pick OU:

    Over (134.5)

  • Prediction:
    Northern Kentucky 74, Oakland 67
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