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USC Upstate Spartans vs Northern Kentucky Norse Preview

Northern Kentucky NorseUSC Upstate Spartans
Feb 2, 5:00 PM | G. B. Hodge Center

Northern Kentucky Norse vs USC Upstate Spartans Odds

7-11TEAM RECORD13-10

Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on G. B. Hodge Center Saturday as host USC Upstate looks to handle the Northern Kentucky Norse in NCAA hoops action.

The Spartans currently sports a 13-10 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 0-0 ATS. The Norse are 7-11 and 2-2 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Spartans produce a 0-0 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Norse have gone 0-0 against the number.

View Northern Kentucky vs USC Upstate Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Spartans sit at No. 100 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Norse sit at No. 269 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Spartans will win this game 70-61.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features USC Upstate's No. 83-ranked scoring average of 71.8 PPG, against a Norse defense rated No. 46 and allowing 60.4 PPG. The Spartans FG% has averaged 44.8% to date this season, more than the Norse shooters have managed so far (40% per game).

Defensively, Northern Kentucky features the nation's No. 51-rated defense on the road, allowing 63.1 points per game. USC Upstate, meanwhile, comes in at No. 53 nationally in scoring at home.

Northern Kentucky was a 70-68 winner in their most recent outing on the road against East Tennessee State. Eshaunte Jones scored 25 points for Northern Kentucky on Thursday, leading the Norse to a 70-68 win over East Tennessee State at ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center.

USC Upstate was an 83-71 winner in its last match at home against Lipscomb. The Spartans got a 26-point performance from Jodd Maxey, who added 13 rebounds, as USC Upstate ran past Lipscomb 83-71 on Thursday at G. B. Hodge Center.

Next up:
Northern Kentucky at Lipscomb, Friday, February 8
USC Upstate at Stetson, Thursday, February 7

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