The Northern Kentucky Norse are on a nice little run. Winners of 9 of their last 11, the Norse are coming off of an awesome comeback against another hot team in the Detroit Titans. The Norse are not a great defensive team, ranking 212th overall. But they bring a serious offense attack led by guards Trevon Faulkner and Marquis Warrick. The freshman Warrick was the catalyst in their victory of Detroit, scoring 20 points in their 1-point victory. Northern Kentucky has too many guys that can penetrate the paint and handle the inside. They are a matchup problem for their non-defensive minded foes.
Oakland has a surprisingly high scoring offense, averaging 75 ppg (82nd in the nation). They score a lot due to their pace, they rank 87th in the nation in pace, the second highest in the Horizon League. The Grizzlies have Jalen Moore who averages 18 ppg on the season. They are going to try and push the pace to make up for their lack of defensive identity. Oakland has been horrible controlling the glass and defending opposing shooters, giving up an effective field goal shooting percentage of 56.1%.
Offensivly these two teams can match each other but the big difference between the two is on the defensive end where the Norse will have the advantage. The advantage will also be huge for Northern Kentucky, they are 22nd in the nation in offensive rebounding percentage. Oakland will have such a disadvantage on the boards it will be tough for them to quicken the pace in order to play the way they want to. If the Norse control the pace they should be able to score at will against a Grizzlies team that gives up one of the highest true shooting percentages in the nation. Northern Kentucky has too many advantages to lean any other way. They should be able to control this game and win easily.
Play of the day: Northern Kentucky Norse -1.5