College Basketball Preview and Free Pick: Northern Kentucky vs. Wright State
The Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI will play host to the Horizon League Championship final this
evening with the action getting underway at 7 PM EST. The Northern Kentucky Norse will square
off with the Wright State Raiders in a meeting of the two squads which were tied for best record in
the conference for the regular season.
Date/Time/TV: Tues. March 12, 7:00 PM EST, ESPN
Spread: Pick’em (-110)
On Monday, the Norse faced off with the Oakland Golden Grizzlies in semifinal action. It was a
back-and-forth affair throughout with Northern Kentucky walking away with the 64-63 win, failing
to cover as 5.5-point favorites. For the season, the team is 25-8 (11-20 ATS) with a record of 13-5 in
The Raiders had a matching 13-5 mark in Horizon League action this season, and an overall record
of 21-12 (18-13 ATS). They also took the floor for a semifinal game yesterday, defeating the Green
Bay Phoenix by a final score of 66-54, covering as 5.5-point favorites.
Northern Kentucky Norse
Northern Kentucky closed out the regular season in solid fashion with three straight wins and
victories in four of its final five contests. Over the last 10 games, the team is 7-3 (3-7 ATS). They
faced Wright State twice during the regular season, winning at home and dropping a road decision.
Team totals have been Over for three of the last five and stand at 14-16-1 to date. Drew McDonald is
the top option on offense for the Norse. He’s averaging 19.3 ppg and 9.5 boards. Tyler Sharpe
contributes 14.2 ppg and 3.2 rpg, while Jalen Tate adds in 13.9 ppg and 4.1 dimes.
Wright State Raiders
Wright State also closed out the season on a high note. The team won its last two games and was a
solid 9-1 (8-2 ATS) for its last 10 outings. The first game with the Norse was on the road, and they
dropped a 68-64 decision. The rematch was on the Raiders home floor, and they walked away with
an 81-77 win.
Totals have been Under for the last five in a row and lean that way on the season at 14-17. Loudon
Love is the top option on offense for Wright State. He’s averaging 15.3 ppg and 8.2 rpg. Billy
Wampler adds in 14.8 ppg and 3.5 boards, while Cole Gentry contributes 11.6 ppg and 3.4 apg.
Northern Kentucky vs. Wright State Prediction
In recent meetings of these two programs, Wright State holds a 5-4 edge. Totals are 5-3-1 over that
span. As evidenced by the pick’em spread, these two clubs are evenly matched. Northern Kentucky
has the advantage on offense, while the Raiders are the stronger defensive team.
We’ll take the Norse to get the job done and punch their ticket to the dance.
Northern Kentucky Norse vs. Wright State Raiders Pick: Northern Kentucky Pick’em (-110)