Friday College Basketball Betting Odds & Picks: Northern Kentucky vs. IUPUI, Harvard vs. Cornell
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On Friday, we look at two preseason league favorites trying to stay near the top of their conferences for a regular-season title.
In the Horizon League, Northern Kentucky hosts IUPUI, while they try to stay close to Wright State. In the Ivy League, a short-handed Harvard team hopes a home game against Cornell can springboard its run towards an eighth league title since 2011.
Let’s take a look at these two matchups on a short slate.
Friday College Basketball Odds & Picks
Odds as of Friday morning and via FanDuel, where Action Network users get a risk-free bet up to $500.
Northern Kentucky vs. IUPUI
- Spread: Northern Kentucky -16
- Over/Under: 147.5
- Time: 7 p.m. ET
- TV: ESPN+
Northern Kentucky (18-7) is just one game behind Wright State in the race for the regular season Horizon League title. The Norse have won four consecutive games and nine of their last ten. They are 15-8 against the spread, covering eight of their last 10 games.
IUPUI (6-20) has struggled as expected, sitting in last place in conference play at 2-11. The Jaguars have lost four in a row and eight of their last nine games. They are a miserable 8-16 ATS, failing to cover seven of their past nine games.
NKU returned four starters from a team that tied for the Horizon League title last season. They are finally at full strength with both Dantez Walton (16.7 ppg, 7.1 rpg) and Jalen Tate (11.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg) both recovered from earlier injuries.
Since the start of conference play, Northern Kentucky has excelled on both ends of the floor. They rank second among Horizon League teams in adjusted offense and first overall in adjusted defense. The Norse are first in offensive turnover percentage and are the Horizon leader in 2P%.
In their first meeting this season, Northern Kentucky crushed the Jaguars on the road 96-71 without Walton. The Norse destroyed IUPUI’s defense for 77.4% accuracy from inside the arc.