Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Norse vs. Cougars CBB Odds
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2023 NCAA Basketball Handicapping Norse vs. Houston
- (22-12) Northern Kentucky Norse vs. Houston Cougars (31-3)
- Date: Thursday, March 16th
- Time: 9:20 ET
- Venue: Legacy Arena at BJCC, Birmingham
- CBB Moneyline Odds: Norse +1350 | Cougars -4800
- NCAAB Betting ATS Odds: Northern Kentucky +19 | Houston -19 (Bet Now!)
- CBB Betting Total: O/U 122.0
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Northern Kentucky Norse
At this point, Northern Kentucky heads into their matchup vs Houston with a record of 22-12 and riding a 5 game win streak. Meanwhile, in their 15 road games this season, Northern Kentucky has a record of 8-7.
Having been the underdog in 8 games, Northern Kentucky has gone 2-6 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +19 underdogs on the spread.
Presently, Northern Kentucky has a record of 5-6 in non-conference games. In Horizon League action, they have a mark of 17-6.
Coming into the game, Marques Warrick is the team leader in scoring, averaging 19.1 points per game. In addition to his scoring, Warrick is grabbing 2.4 rebounds and adding 2.7 assists. Northern Kentucky’s second leading scorer is Sam Vinson, who has hit 39.6% of his field goal attempts and is averaging 11.7 points per game.
Currently, Northern Kentucky’s offense heads into today’s matchup averaging just 69.9 points, which places them 241st in the NCAA. Also, the Norse have taken 43.18% of their shots behind the three-point line, which is 148th% in the NCAA. Northern Kentucky is averaging 8.75 made 3’s per game on a shooting percentage of 8.75% (138th).
In terms of pace, Northern Kentucky is below the NCAA average in possessions per game, averaging just 64.4 per contest, placing them just 631st in college basketball. Currently, Northern Kentucky’s 35.5 rebounds per contest is one of the lower figures in the NCAA. So far, the Norse are averaging 12.5 offensive boards per game.
At this point, Houston holds a 31-3 record. Presently, the Cougars have been the home team 21 times, sitting with a record of 18-3.
Getting ready to play for the 34 times as the favorite, the Cougars have gone 31-3 in those matchups. Playing at home, Houston comes into this game as -19 point favorites.
Presently, Houston has a record of 12-1 in non-conference games. In American Athletic action, they have a mark of 19-2.
Coming into the game, Marcus Sasser is the team leader in scoring, averaging 17.1 points per game. In addition to his scoring, Sasser is grabbing 2.8 rebounds and adding 3.2 assists. Houston’s second leading scorer is Jarace Walker, who has hit 47.1% of his field goal attempts and is averaging 11.1 points per game.
Cougars Key Stats
So far, the Cougars have been an above average unit, averaging 75.8 points per game, good for 65th in the NCAA. In addition, Houston’s offensive attack is heavily reliant on getting the ball inside, as 60.81% of their shots have come inside the arc. So far, the team is ranked 62nd in overall field goal percentage at 46.9%. When the Cougars have taken 3-point shots, they are hitting 34.1% of their looks.
In terms of pace, Houston is below the NCAA average in possessions per game, averaging just 64.6 per contest, placing them just 621st in college basketball. Currently, the team is one of the better rebounding teams in the country, at 39.2 rebounds per contest. This figure includes 13.4 offensive boards per game.
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Northern Kentucky Norse vs. Houston Cougars CBB Betting Trends
- Firstly, Northern Kentucky is 4-1 vs. the spread in their last 5 games. The Norse are 5-0 straight up in these matchups.
- Secondly, Northern Kentucky is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games on the road, going 7-3 SU.
- At this point, Norse are 1-2 SU in their last 3 games as the underdog. They are 2-1 vs. the spread in these contests.
- Also, Cougars are 2-1 SU in their last 3 games as the favorite. They are 1-2 vs. the spread in these contests.
Free Northern Kentucky Norse vs. Houston Cougars CBB Betting Pick:
Free Spread Prediction: Houston Cougars -19
For today’s matchup between the Northern Kentucky Norse and the Houston Cougars our analysis points to the best beting being to take Houston to pick up the win and cover the spread as -19 point favorites. Houston will look to flex their muscles on the boards, as they are one of the top offensive rebounding teams in college basketball. Look for their strong inside play to play a key factor in the Cougars covering at -19.
Free Northern Kentucky Norse vs Houston Cougars Betting Pick: Houston ATS
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