TOM STRYKER’S FREE COLLEGE BASKETBALL SELECTION THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21ST
#614 NORTHERN KENTUCKY (-) over Youngstown St at 7 PM EST
In a nasty mood off last Friday’s 81-77 road loss at Wright State, Northern Kentucky will get right back to its winning and covering ways when Youngstown State visits. The Penguins make the trek to BB&T Arena on a sizzling 6-0 SU and 5-1 ATS run and their string of success will come to an abrupt end here.
Since the start of the 2016-17 season, NKU has been an absolute beast at home posting a solid 39-5 SU and 22-13-1 ATS record. In this run checking in off a straight up loss, the Norse hold a sensational 12-1 SU and 8-2-1 ATS mark including a golden 8-0 SU and 7-0-1 ATS in this set provided they are favored by -16 or less. Conference games have been a lucrative venture for Northern Kentucky too. When matched up against Horizon League foes, head coach John Brannen’s boys own a profitable 37-10 SU and 28-19 ATS record in their last 47 battles. In this setting fighting without revenge, the Norse improve to a solid 29-8 SU and 23-14 ATS.
This is a terrible spot for the visitor too. A quick look at the History Book shows that Youngstown State has dropped four straight in this series by an average of 11.8 points per game. Also, as a guest running with four or more days of rest, the Penguins own a shocking 4-55 SU and 20-35-1 ATS record provided they are battling a foe that checks in with a team won/loss percentage of .501 or better. In this role entering off the comforts of a home game, YSU falls to a ridiculous 2-37 SU and 12-26-1 ATS including just 1-24 SU and 6-18-1 ATS if their opponent scoots in with four or more days of rest.
The Norse are entering their final homestand of the season. Currently tied with Wright State for the top spot in the conference, Coach Brannen’s kids know they’ll need to win out in order to walk away with the crown. Take Northern Kentucky. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.
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