Check out our free Oakland vs Northern Kentucky pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Highland Heights. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.

Oakland vs Northern Kentucky Pick & Preview: Friday, January 6th Betting Odds

Golden Grizzlies vs Norse Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Oakland Golden Grizzlies at Northern Kentucky Norse
  • Where: Highland Heights at Truist Arena
  • Date: Friday, January 6th
  • Betting Odds: Oakland +6.5, OAK +231 | NKENT -296 O/U 133.0

Golden Grizzlies Preview:

The Oakland will take the floor in today’s game in the middle of a 2 game win streak and have an overall record of 4-11. On the road, the Golden Grizzlies will be playing their 7th game of the season, having gone 0-7. So far, the Golden Grizzlies have been the underdog 10 times, going 0-10 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +6.5 underdogs on the spread.

Oakland’s leading scorer this season is Trey Townsend who is averaging 16.6 points per contest. So far, Townsend has accounted for 22.7% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 7.07 rebounds per game and 1.67 assists. Keaton Hervey is the second leading scorer for the Golden Grizzlies, averaging 13.47 points per game. Between him and Hervey, they are accounting for 41.1% of the team’s scoring.

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On offense, Oakland is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 74.4 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 15 games, they have only hit 30.2% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 41.47% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.

Norse Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs Oakland, the Northern Kentucky Norse will be taking the floor for the 16th time this season and have an overall record of 9-6. So far this season, Northern Kentucky has played 11 games at home, sitting with a record of 8-3. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Norse as the -6.5 point favorites. The Norse have been favored 9 times, going 6-3 straight up.

Northern Kentucky will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Marques Warrick who is averaging 19.4 points per game for the Norse. Warrick is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Norse’s offensive gameplan is the play of Xavier Rhodes who has hit 47.0% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 9.14 points per game.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Northern Kentucky this season, as they are currently ranked 241st in college basketball at 69.9 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Norse’s 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.6%, placing them 207th in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: Northern Kentucky Norse -6.5

Heading into this matchup, our NCAA betting model has identified this game as a profitable opportunity and recommends taking the Northern Kentucky Norse to pick up the win and cover the spread as -6.5 point betting favorites. Although Northern Kentucky as a team is just 295th in overall shooting percentage, we see their offense putting together a strong performance against the Golden Grizzlies’ defense. At -6.5 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Norse to come out on top and cover.


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