Check out our free Purdue Fort Wayne 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.
Purdue Fort Wayne vs Northern Kentucky Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 21st Betting Odds
Mastodons vs Norse Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons at Northern Kentucky Norse
- Where: Highland Heights at Truist Arena
- Date: Saturday, January 21st
- Betting Odds: Purdue Fort Wayne +2.5, IPFW +122 | NKENT -151 O/U 129.5
Through 20 games, the Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons have an overall record of 13-7. So far, the Mastodons have played 10 games on the road, with a record of 6-4. For the season, Purdue Fort Wayne has been the underdog in 5 games, sitting with a mark of 3-2. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Mastodons being +2.5 point underdogs.
Purdue Fort Wayne’s leading scorer this season is Jarred Godfrey, who is averaging 16.58 points per contest. So far, Godfrey has accounted for 20.75% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 5.47 rebounds per game and 4.05 assists. Bobby Planutis is the second leading scorer for the Mastodons, averaging 11.9 points per game. Between him and Planutis, they are accounting for 36.4% of the team’s scoring.
On offense, Purdue Fort Wayne comes into the game looking to control the pace of play, as they are just 402nd in possessions per game. Even with their preference to slow the game down, the Mastodons’ are scoring at a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.7 points per game. So far, 44.86% of their shots have come from beyond the arc, where they have connected at a rate of 37.1%.
Northern Kentucky will take the floor against the Mastodons with an overall record of 12-8. So far this season, Northern Kentucky has played 14 games at home, sitting with a record of 10-4. The Norse’s are sitting with a betting line that is -2.5 points in their favor. For the season, Northern Kentucky has been favored to win in 14 games, sitting with a mark of 9-5.
Northern Kentucky will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Marques Warrick who is averaging 19.1 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 game plan is the play of Trevon Faulkner who has hit 40.0% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 8.75 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 they 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: Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons +2.5
A key to this matchup, will be 3-point shooting. Coming into the game, both Northern Kentucky and Purdue Fort Wayne are excellent 3-point shooting teams, averaing 8.75 and 9.56 made 3’s per game, respectively. In terms of the odds, we like the Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons to cover as +2.5 point dogs. Look for their defense to do a good enough job closing out on the Norse’s outside shooters to make things difficult for Northern Kentucky. At +2.5 we like the chances of Purdue Fort Wayne covering the spread as underdogs.