The Northern Kentucky Norse (20-11) face the Wright State Raiders (20-13) Tuesday in the Horizon League championship game. Tip-off from Indiana Farmers Coliseum in Indianapolis is at 7 p.m. ET (ESPN). Below, we look at the Wright State vs. Northern Kentucky odds and lines, and make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.
The Norse have come alive with five straight wins and covers, including a dominating 57-43 win over Purdue-Fort Wayne in the semifinals Monday as the Under connected. NKU is a dominant 14-2 ATS in its last 16 games overall.
The Raiders bumped off the Horizon League’s top seed, Cleveland State, in Monday’s semifinal. Wright State heads into this one hoping to get it right the third time after losing and failing to cover in both regular-season meetings versus NKU.
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Wright State vs. Northern Kentucky odds, spread and lines
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Money line: Wright State +100 (bet $100 to win $100) | Northern Kentucky -120 (bet $120 to win $100)
Against the spread (ATS): Wright State +1.5 (-120) | Northern Kentucky -1.5 (-105)
Over/Under (O/U): 134.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)
Wright State vs. Northern Kentucky odds, lines, picks and predictions
Northern Kentucky 77, Wright State 71
NORTHERN KENTUCKY (-120) is a strong play as it looks for its third win in as many tries against Wright State. The Norse have gotten red-hot at the right time, rattling off five consecutive victories in a row, while going 10-2 since Jan. 30. The Norse will be going back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2019 after this victory, Darrin Horn’s first as head coach.
Against the spread
NORTHERN KENTUCKY -1.5 (-105) has been an outstanding play for bettors since the end of January, failing to cover just twice in 16 games. The Norse have also posted covers in each of the meetings in the regular season, and while cashing in each of the past four in the series. NKU has dominated Wright State in recent seasons, and Tuesday’s meeting will be no different.
The OVER 134.5 (-110) has been the rule so far during the Horizon League tournament, cashing in nine of the 10 games to date. Look for another, as the Over is sure to follow when these teams do battle.
The Over is 6-2 across the past eight in the series, while cashing in five of the last seven games overall for Wright State. The Over is 7-5 in the past 12 games overall for NKU, including the most recent meeting against Wright State Feb. 13.
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