Betting on today's Penguins and Norse game? Catch the action at Truist Arena in Highland Heights, KY, as the Norse hosts this showdown at 7:00 ET on ESPN+. The over/under for this game is set at 147 points, and the Norse are the home favorites against the Penguins in a Horizon League conference matchup.


The Pick: Northern Kentucky Norse -1

This game will be played at Truist Arena at 7:00 ET on Thursday, January 4th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Norse.
  • Not only will Northern Kentucky pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -1.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 147 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Are Youngstown State Ready for a Road Win?

Youngstown State enters their 15th game of the season with a 10-4 record. On the road, the Penguins have gone 3-3 this season while they have a 3-0 record at home. As of now, Youngstown State holds a 5-4 ATS record as they prepare to face Northern Kentucky. Within that record, the team has gone 3-3 vs. the spread on the road and 2-1 at home.

Youngstown State's games have, on average, featured 144.2 points per game leading to an over/under record of 3-5-1. Their average over/under line is currently 147.9 points so far. When assessing the Penguins' performance in their last three games, their over/under record stands at 0-0-1, with their games averaging 157 points per game.

In their latest game, Youngstown State offense put up 75 points against Navy. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 47.5% and made 8 threes. Leading the team in scoring was Brandon Rush with 23 points. DJ Burns also added 19 points for the Penguins.

At this time, the Penguins' defense is positioned 110th in the country, permitting 69.4 points per game. Against Navy in their most recent game, the Youngstown State defense gave up a total of 65 points while allowing Navy to hit 47% of their shots.

Can Northern Kentucky Secure a Home Victory?

Northern Kentucky, who have played 14 games so far, are coming into their 15th game of the season with a 7-7 record. In their first 8 road games, the Norse have gone 2-6 while they are 3-1 at home this season. Heading into their game against Youngstown State, Northern Kentucky currently holds a 6-6 ATS record. The Norse have gone 3-5 vs. the spread on the road and 3-1 at home.

Through 14 games, Northern Kentucky has an over/under record of 7-5-0 with their games averaging a combined 141.9 points per game so far. When looking at the Norse's last three games, their over/under record is 2-1, with their games averaging 147 points per game.

Against Purdue Fort Wayne, the Northern Kentucky had a tough time putting up points compared to their season average of 72.4 points per game. They scored 60 points and posted a field goal percentage of 36.1% in the game. Marques Warrick is currently the leading scorer for the team, entering today's matchup with an average of 18.4. Meanwhile, Sam Vinson also brings a PPG average of 13.3 into the game.

On the defensive side, Northern Kentucky is currently hovering around the NCAA's average for points allowed, conceding an average of 71.1 points per game. On average, opposing teams are hitting 6.6 threes per game vs. Youngstown State. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 29.8%.