The Detroit Mercy Titans will travel to BB&T Arena to take on the Northern KY Norse this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The Detroit Mercy Titans dropped to 9-14 (6-5 Horizon) on the season after being defeated by the Youngstown State Penguins, 72-70, this past Saturday. Detroit Mercy led by a 67-61 margin with just 4:04 left in regulation, however, struggled offensively down the stretch and allowed the Penguins to pull off the upset win after Devin Morgan’s three-pointer with :13 seconds left in regulation gave Youngstown State the lead for good. Detroit Mercy shot just 40.4% from the field and 34.8% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Titans was Antoine Davis who had 23 points, 2 rebounds, and 1 assist.
On the season, Detroit Mercy is averaging 72.6 ppg on 41.9% shooting from the field. The Titans are averaging 9.8 three-pointers per game on 37.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Detroit Mercy has been led by Antoine Davis (27.1 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.3 apg), Josh McFolley (12.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.9 spg), Willy Isiani (9.7 ppg, 1.7 rpg), and Derrien King (8.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.0 spg).
Defensively, Detroit Mercy is allowing their opponents to average 76.5 ppg on 45.5% shooting from the field. The Titans have a rebound margin of -6.3 and a turnover margin of 2.6.
The Northern Kentucky Norse lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 18-6 (8-3 Horizon) on the season after being defeated by the UIC Flames, 69-67, this past Sunday. Northern Kentucky fought back from a 66-59 deficit with just 2:13 left in regulation to take a 67-66 lead, however, couldn’t secure the comeback victory after Jamie Ahale hit a game winning three-pointer for UIC with just :02 seconds left in regulation. Northern Kentucky shot just 41.7% from the field and 30.0% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Norse was Tyler Sharpe who had 20 points, 4 assists, 1 rebound, and 2 steals.
On the season, Northern Kentucky is averaging 78.9 ppg on 47.9% shooting from the field. The Norse are averaging 9.0 three-pointers per game on 36.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Northern Kentucky has been led by Drew McDonald (18.9 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 2.7 apg), Tyler Sharpe (14.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.4 spg), Jalen Tate (13.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.0 spg), and Dantez Walton (11.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.0 spg).
Defensively, Northern Kentucky is holding their opponents to an average of 67.6 ppg on 40.8% shooting from the field. The Norse have a rebound margin of 4.0 and a turnover margin of 1.2.
The Titans are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600, however, just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Norse are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record and just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Detroit Mercy has lost 4 of their last 5 games and although the Titans have been solid offensively from beyond the arc, the Titans currently rank just T-194th in scoring offense, 290th in scoring defense, and 276th in defensive FG%.
Northern Kentucky has won 6 of their last 8 games and has been solid on both ends of the court this season as the Norse rank 51st in scoring offense, 36th in FG%, and 46th in defensive FG%.
Detroit Mercy has the ability to stay in every game with the ability to hit the three-pointer, however, the Titans haven’t been great on the road this season and have lost their last two conference road games by an average of 13.5 ppg. Northern Kentucky is a perfect 13-0 at home this season and as I think the Norse will bounce back after back-to-back loses, I’m taking Northern Kentucky to cover this large home spread.