Don't miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Norse and Mastodons. The game is starting at 7:00 ET on MARQ, and it's hosted by the Mastodons at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, IN. Get ready to place your bets! The odds for this Horizon League conference game currently have the Mastodons as the betting favorite with the over/under line sitting at 145.5 points.

NORTHERN KENTUCKY NORSE VS PURDUE FORT WAYNE MASTODONS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Northern Kentucky Norse +5.5

This game will be played at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum at 7:00 ET on Friday, December 29th.

WHY BET THE NORTHERN KENTUCKY NORSE:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 73-71 in favor of the Mastodons.
  • Even though we have Purdue Fort Wayne winning straight-up, we like Northern Kentucky at +5.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 145.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Can the Norse Pull Off a Road Win?

The Norse will be competing in their 14th game of the season, and currently have a 7-6 record. When playing away, Northern Kentucky has a 2-5 record, while they are undefeated at home with a 3-0 record. As of now, Northern Kentucky has a 5-5 record against the spread heading into today's game. When examining their performance in the last five games, they have gone 2-2 vs. the spread.

Up to this point, games involving Northern Kentucky have had an average of 141.7 points per game, with the average over/under line set at 138.2 points. Their over/under record is 6-4-0. The Norse have an over/under record of 2-0 in their last three games, with their games averaging 153 points per game.

Most recently, the Northern Kentucky offense finished with just 56 points vs. Saint Mary's. For the game, they hit 5/13 three-point attempts and a field goal percentage of 38%. Marques Warrick is currently the leading scorer for the team, entering today's matchup with an average of 18.5. Meanwhile, Sam Vinson also brings a PPG average of 13.3 into the game.

So far, the Norse's defense is ranked 126th in the country at 69.4 points per contest. So far, the Northern Kentucky defense is giving up an average of 7.1 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 11.8 times per game (496th).

Can the Mastodons Please their Home Crowd?

Purdue Fort Wayne currently stands at an 11-2 record after playing 13 games. In their last five home games, including ones from last year, Purdue Fort Wayne has a perfect 5-0 record. Heading into their game against Northern Kentucky, Purdue Fort Wayne holds a 6-2-1 ATS record. The Mastodons have been particularly strong on the road, going 4-1-1 vs. the spread, while they are 2-1 at home.

In 13 games, Purdue Fort Wayne comes in with an over/under mark of 5-4-0, with their games averaging 146.4 points per game. The Mastodons' last five games have finished with a combined 145 points per game and an over/under record of 2-3.

The Purdue Fort Wayne offense is coming off a game in which they scored 48 points vs. Pittsburgh. Overall their field goal percentage was 33.9% while connecting on 5 threes. Rasheed Bello led the team in scoring, putting up 11 points. Additionally, Jalen Jackson contributed 10 points for the Mastodons.

Currently, the Mastodons' defense holds the 104th rank in the nation, allowing 68.3 points per game. Purdue Fort Wayne's three-point defense is currently 52nd in the country at 5.5 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 38.0% of their shots vs. Purdue Fort Wayne.