Detroit Titans (4 15U, 7-8-1 ATS, 9-7-0 OU) vs Northern Kentucky Norse (12-8 SU, 10-6-0 ATS, 5-11-0 OU)
When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, January 22, 2017
Where: BB&T Arena (Highland Heights), Highland Heights, Kentucky
Lines: Northern Kentucky -9
The Detroit Titans are off to a horrid start this year as they are just 4-15 overall and just 2-5 in league play and today they will look to grab a big win over the Northern Kentucky Norse, who have lost their last three games in a row and are now just 3-4 in league play on the year. The Norse won the first meeting this year by a score of 80-71.
No Defense In Loss To Raiders
The Detroit Titans have played well on offense this year, but it is their defense that is the reason for their 4-15 showing so far. In their last game, they allowed 106 points to Wright State, which is the 2nd most points they allowed this year and it was the 3rd time that they have allowed at least 100 points. Just a horrible defensive team and if they can’t figure things out at that end of the court, they they will continue to struggle. In the loss to the Raiders, they allowed 49.2% shooting overall, including 40.7% from long range. They also sent the Raiders to the charity stripe 45 times, while getting there just 25 times themselves. The Titans were outscored by 16 at the line. The Titans were led in the game Josh McFolley, who had 25 points, while Corey Allen had 18 points and Chris Jenkins had 13. Jenkins also had 13 boards in the game as well. Another big reason that they fell was turnovers as they committed 20 of them, while forcing just 11. On the year, Detroit has been led by McFolley, who is averaging 14.6 ppg, while 2nd is Jaleel Hogan at 14.3 ppg and 3rd is Allen at 12.5 ppg.
The Titans have averaged 78.3 ppg and have allowed 84.3 ppg in conference play overall, while in true road games this year they have averaged 73.5 ppg and have allowed 88.0 ppg. Detroit enters this contest ranked 113th in the nation in scoring, putting up 76.3 ppg, while also ranking 158th in FG% (44.8%), 111th in 3-point shooting (36.7%) and 297th in free throw shooting (65.2%). At the defensive end of the floor they have been very poor as they come in ranked 348th in points allowed, giving up 85.1 ppg, while also ranking 349th in defensive FG% (50.6%) and 293rd in 3-point defense (37.4%).
Norse Bitten At Home By Golden Grizzlies
The Northern Kentucky Norse have had a decent year as they have gone 12-8 overall, but after falling at home to the Golden Grizzlies, they have now lost their last three games in a row and are just 3-4 in league play. They have been a nverge defensive team this year, but that defense did struggle in their 79-70 loss to Oakland here at home. The Norse held the Golden Grizzlies to just 21.4% from long range, but they really allowed too many easy baskets as Oakland hit 51.&% of their shots overall. They will need a much better defensive effort here vs Detroit, but even if they do struggle on defense, their offense should be good enough to put up plenty of points on one of the weakest defensive teams in the nation. Northern Kentucky was led by Carson Williams, who had 19 points, while LaVone Holland II was 2nd with 13 points and 3rd was Drew McDonald, who had 11 points and he also had 11 boards. This is a solid offensive team that has four players who have averaged at least 10.2 ppg. McDonald leads the way with 16.6 ppg, while 2nd is Holland II at 14.2 ppg.
Northern Kentucky has averaged 73.0 ppg and have allowed 74.0 ppg in conference play overall, while here at home for the year they have averaged 76.7 ppg and have allowed 70.7 ppg. The Norse check in at 136th in the nation in scoring, putting up 75.6 ppg, while also ranking 138th in FG% (45.3%), 193rd in 3-point shooting (34.8%) and 286th in free throw shooting (65.8%). At the defensive end of the floor they have been average as they come in ranked 158th in points allowed, giving up 71.2 ppg, while also ranking 203rd in defensive FG% (43.9%) and 89th in 3-point defense (32.3%).
- 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 road games vs. a team with a winning home record
- 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
Northern Kentucky is:
- 5-1 ATS in their last six games vs. a team with a losing straight up record
- 4-1 ATS their last five home games
The Titans have not had a good year so far and they are off a 18 point loss to Wright State on the road. Northern Kentucky have lost their last three games in a row, but this is a team that plays defense and the Titans do not. I feel that the Norse defense will really help them win this game easily. The Titans have allowed 83.4 ppg in league play and 88 ppg on the road, while the Norse have allowed just 70.7 ppg here at home and they have averaged a solid 76.7 ppg at home. The Norse need this game in the worst way and they will have more off and much more defense than the Titans on their way to a 15+ point win.