Northern Illinois at Northern Kentucky 12/20/18 - CBB Picks & Predictions

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Last Updated: 08/21/2019 at 11:16 AM ET

The Northern Illinois Huskies visit BB&T Arena in Highland Heights, Kentucky on Thursday to play the Northern Kentucky Norse. NIU improved to 6-4 on the season following its 91-76 win over Western Illinois on Monday. The Huskies were led in the win by Levi Bradley with 18 points and nine rebounds, while Lacey James posted a double-double.

Northern Kentucky improved to 9-3 with a 72-66 win over Miami (OH) on Sunday. The Norse were led by Drew McDonald with 21 points and 10 boards. McDonald hit four free throws over the last 60 seconds of the game to seal the win for the Norse. The win snapped a two-game losing streak for Northern Kentucky. Eugene German leads NIU in scoring and assists with averages of 21.4 points and 3.1 assists per game. Lacey James leads the Huskies in rebounding with an average of 7.2 per game. The second leading scorer and second leading rebounder is Levi Bradley with averages of 17.4 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. NIU is shooting 52.6% from the field and 38.3% from 3-point territory.

Drew McDonald leads the Norse in scoring and rebounding with averages of 18.6 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. Four other Northern Kentucky players are averaging double figures in scoring. Zaynah Robinson leads the Norse in assists with an average of 3.5 per game. Northern Kentucky is shooting 48.1% from the field and 35.9% from 3-point territory.

Northern Kentucky has covered 15 of its last 22 at home versus an opponent with a losing record on the road. Northern Illinois has covered just 1 of its last 5 following a win ATS. Although NIU is 5-3 ATS thus far, the Huskies are just 1-2 ATS while on the road. Final Score Prediction, Northern Kentucky Norse win and cover ATS 79-67.

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