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#767 Cleveland State vs.
#768 Northern Kentucky
Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 7:00pm EST
Written by Scott Reichel

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This Saturday, there is an NCAAB matchup between the Cleveland State Vikings and the Northern Kentucky Norse. This game will take place at the BB&T Arena at approximately 7:00 P.M EST.

Cleveland State Looks For A Rare Road Win

The Cleveland State Vikings have looked like a below average basketball team up to this point in the season as they have lost 12 of their first 19 games including a 13-point road loss to Wright State in their last game. In that game, Cleveland State's offense struggled as it only scored 62 points while shooting just 38.3% from the floor. However, that performance was not surprising considering the fact that Cleveland State has been terrible on the road this season. Cleveland State enters this game having lost eight of its first ten road games so it will be looking for a rare road victory in this game on Saturday.

Leading the Vikings offensively is junior forward Algevon Eichelbergerwho has been good this season as he is averaging a team-high 13.6 points per game along with a team-high 6.6 rebounds. However, he is also averaging 2.9 turnovers and 2.6 fouls per game so he will need to make fewer mistakes moving forward.

Cleveland State's most underrated player is junior guard Torrey Pattonwho has been solid so far this season as he is averaging 11.0 points per game along with 4.7 rebounds. In addition, he is shooting 58.6% from the floor so he has been very efficient offensively up to this point.

Cleveland State's most underrated player is junior guard Torrey Pattonwho has been solid so far this season as he is averaging 11.0 points per game along with 4.7 rebounds. In addition, he is shooting 58.6% from the floor so he has been very efficient offensively up to this point.

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Prediction: Northern Kentucky -14.5

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Both of these teams have looked pretty good defensively this season so I think that this total is too high. Northern Kentucky is allowing just 65.1 points per game while Cleveland State is allowing 72.5 points per game so I think that both teams should go through some scoring droughts in this matchup. Plus, Northern Kentucky loves to play a very slow style of offense as it ranks 306th in adjusted offensive tempo according to Kenpom rankings so I think that this game should be played primarily in the halfcourt which will lead to less points. Give me the under.

Prediction: Under 130.5

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Northern Kentucky has been the much better team this season and it has won each of its last four games so it should be able to continue playing well for at least the first 20 minutes of this game against an inferior foe on Saturday. Plus, Northern Kentucky is the better rebounding team so it should be able to generate enough second chance points in order to cover this point spread. Cleveland State will continue to struggle on the road and I think that this game will get really ugly early on as a result. Give me the home team as a result.

Prediction: Northern Kentucky 1H
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Written By Scott Reichel

Scott Reichel is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate with an insane passion for sports. His commitment to endlessly researching statistics helps separate him from other handicappers with regard to MLB, NBA, NCAAB, NCAAF, NHL and NFL coverage. Scott also shares his passion for sports on StatSalt's YouTube page where he does a daily show called Scott's Selections.