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#825 Wisconsin-Green Bay (Green Bay) vs.
#826 Northern Kentucky
Thursday, January 26, 2023 at 7:00pm EST
Written by Bosun Akinpelu

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The Green Bay Phoenix (2-19, 1-9 Horizon) will be trying to pick up their first road win of the season when they face the Northern Kentucky Norse (13-8, 8-2 Horizon) on Thursday night. The Phoenix are coming off a 72-38 loss to Robert Morris as nine-point underdogs. The Norse are coming off a 74-54 win over Purdue Fort Wayne as three-point favorites.

Northern Kentucky is 8-2 in its last 10 games against Green Bay.

Phoenix Trying To Snap 11-Game Losing Streak

The Phoenix have struggled this season and enter this game on an 11-game losing streak. They will try to snap their streak with a win over the Norse, which will give them their first road win of the season.

Green Bay is averaging 59.4 points per game. They scored 38 points in their last game, making 21.6 percent of their field goals and 9.5 percent of their three-pointers.

Randy Tucker led the Phoenix with 11 points and seven rebounds. Clarence Cummings III finished with six points and three rebounds, while Jack Rose added six points and two rebounds.

Green Bay has struggled defensively, giving up 77.3 points per game. They gave up 72 points in their last game and will have to do a better job if they want to win this game.

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The Norse are playing well at the moment and come into this game on a three-game winning streak. They will try to keep the momentum going with a win over the Phoenix, which will give them their fourth win in a row.

Northern Kentucky is averaging 65.6 points per game. They scored 74 points in their last game, making 50.9 percent of their field goals and 40 percent of their three-pointers.

Marques Warrick led the Norse with 18 points and five rebounds. Sam Vinson finished with 17 points, six rebounds, four assists, and three steals, while Trevon Faulkner added 14 points and four assists.

Northern Kentucky has played well defensively, giving up 65.5 points per game. They gave up 54 points in their last game and will need a similar effort if they want to get the win.

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The Phoenix have lost 11 straight games and all 11 road games they have played. They aren’t very good offensively and they play worse in the road where they are scoring less than 60 points per game. They’ve also struggled at the free throw line, making less than 70 percent of their shots. They don’t rebound the ball well and won’t get a lot of extra-scoring opportunities against the Norse. They’ve also been careless with the ball, which will lead to easy-scoring opportunities for the Norse, who average more than eight steals per game at home. The Norse play well defensively and they’ve been dominant in recent games, holding their last three opponents under 55 points per game, so expect them to keep Green Bay’s offense in check. The Norse have won four of their last five games and 11 of their last 13 home games. They don’t have a high-scoring offense, but they play better at home where they are scoring more than 68 points per game. They’re very aggressive on the offensive glass, which will give them more scoring opportunities, and they do a good job protecting the ball. The Phoenix have struggled defensively, especially on the road where they are giving up more than 77 points per game, so expect them to have a hard time slowing down the Norse in this game. Go with Northern Kentucky to cover the spread.

Prediction: Northern Kentucky Norse -17.5

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The Phoenix are averaging 59.4 points per game and 57.7 points per game on the road. They averaged 63 points per game in their last three games against the Norse. They play at a very slow pace, averaging 67.7 possessions per game, and they’re facing a team that is giving up 64.6 points per game at home, so expect them to go over their average in this game. The Norse are averaging 65.6 points per game and 68.8 points per game at home. They averaged 74.6 points per game in their last three games against the Phoenix. They play at a similar pace, averaging 67.1 possessions per game, and they’re facing a team that is giving up 77.5 points per game on the road, so expect them to score enough points to push the score over the total. The Norse and Phoenix played over the total in three of their last five meetings.

Prediction: Over 126.5
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Written By Bosun Akinpelu , "Bosun Akinpelu"

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