Who's Playing

Northern Kentucky @ Cleveland State

Current Records: Northern Kentucky 2-3; Cleveland State 4-2

What to Know

The Northern Kentucky Norse lost both of their matches to the Cleveland State Vikings last season on scores of 44-58 and 71-74, so they're hoping to turn the tables this season. The Norse and Cleveland State will face off in a Horizon League battle at 7 p.m. ET Thursday at Wolstein Center. The Vikings should still be riding high after a win, while NKU will be looking to right the ship.

NKU came up short against the DePaul Blue Demons last Friday, falling 77-68. The top scorer for NKU was Marques Warrick (23 points).

Meanwhile, Cleveland State simply couldn't be stopped on Saturday, as they easily beat the Penn State-Behrend Lions at home 89-47.

The Norse are expected to lose this next one by 4. Those sticking with them against the spread have guts, to put it politely, as the team has let down bettors in their past four games.

Northern Kentucky's loss took them down to 2-3 while Cleveland State's victory pulled them up to 4-2. We'll see if NKU can steal the Vikings' luck or if Cleveland State records another win instead.

How To Watch

  • When: Thursday at 7 p.m. ET
  • Where: Wolstein Center -- Cleveland, Ohio
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Ticket Cost: $18.00

Odds

The Vikings are a 4-point favorite against the Norse, according to the latest college basketball odds.

The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Vikings as a 3.5-point favorite.

Over/Under: -109

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Series History

Northern Kentucky have won seven out of their last 13 games against Cleveland State.

  • Jan 09, 2021 - Cleveland State 74 vs. Northern Kentucky 71
  • Jan 08, 2021 - Cleveland State 58 vs. Northern Kentucky 44
  • Feb 20, 2020 - Northern Kentucky 73 vs. Cleveland State 59
  • Jan 18, 2020 - Northern Kentucky 75 vs. Cleveland State 49
  • Feb 23, 2019 - Cleveland State 83 vs. Northern Kentucky 77
  • Jan 17, 2019 - Northern Kentucky 91 vs. Cleveland State 76
  • Mar 03, 2018 - Cleveland State 89 vs. Northern Kentucky 80
  • Feb 03, 2018 - Northern Kentucky 78 vs. Cleveland State 61
  • Jan 15, 2018 - Northern Kentucky 70 vs. Cleveland State 55
  • Feb 16, 2017 - Northern Kentucky 62 vs. Cleveland State 60
  • Jan 07, 2017 - Northern Kentucky 83 vs. Cleveland State 75
  • Feb 25, 2016 - Cleveland State 63 vs. Northern Kentucky 58
  • Jan 16, 2016 - Cleveland State 70 vs. Northern Kentucky 65