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Handicapper John Hyslop has college basketball action for Friday night's Detroit vs. Northern Kentucky game. He gives his prediction and pick for this Horizon League matchup.

Detroit vs. Northern Kentucky Prediction: It's Time People

We've finally done it. We've finally reached the part of the year where our bankrolls are at the whim of teenagers throwing a ball at a hoop. We should celebrate by betting a couple of mid-majors tonight. For some people, college basketball lasts from November to basically the end of March. For me, it starts in February and ends after the tournament. It's not that I don't like college hoops, it's just that the NBA keeps my palate satisfied. There's just not much need to stray until the all-star break. Luckily for us, tonight I've found the greatest college basketball bet I've ever seen. It's the perfect way to dive into the sport. Think cannonball entry into a crowded pool. I can't wait.

Detroit vs. Northern Kentucky Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

Date: Friday, February 18

Game Time: 7:00 pm ET

Where to Watch: ESPN+

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Detroit vs. Northern Kentucky Line Movement

Northern Kentucky ML (-105) (Bet $105 to Win $100)

*Odds Available at DraftKings at Time of Publishing*

I chose DraftKings because they have -105 for this one. Over at FanDuel they are hanging -110. It doesn't sound like a big difference but it is. It just is. BetMGM is also offering -105 so they are an option as well. It's all deadly really.

Now I haven't watched any college basketball but it's just like riding a bike. Handicapping it doesn't change. You just have to know kids and how they play basketball. Easy stuff. Knowing what I know, Northern Kentucky should win tonight.

This is a classic revenge spot for the Norse. It all started on February 5th when the Detroit Mercy Titans visited the BB&T Arena at Northern Kentucky. The Norse were riding a six-game winning streak and looked poised to keep the party going. Then Detroit proceeded to shoot 52% from the field en route to a win as 3.5-point dogs.

It sucks to watch a team like Detroit come into your house and shoot 10% higher than what they average on the season. It's definitely something you don't forget. I've done some digging into the Norse and they have a few dawgs in Marques Warwick, Sam Vinson, and Trevon Faulkner that aren't going to let this slide.

They've actually already started to get a little revenge. In the three games since the loss to Detroit, they've gone on the road and whipped three different schools. One team they beat 75-39. This is a classic "ball don't lie" situation. I'm putting my Friday night on Northern Kentucky winning this game.

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John has spent the past 20+ years betting sports on a daily basis and is considered by many to be a walking sports betting encyclopedia. From obscure player props to sides and totals, if there is an angle, John will find it. His work has appeared on Rotogrinders and he has been a regular on sports talk radio stations across the country. Based in the US, John operates a blog & podcast, Sports Bets Beers, which covers betting angles in the NFL, NBA, MLB, & NHL.


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