The No. 1 seed Houston Cougars (31-3) and the No. 16 seed Northern Kentucky Norse (22-12) will meet on Thursday at 9:20 PM in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Houston is an 18.5-point favorite in the matchup, which airs on TNT. Here's everything you need to know ahead of this 1-16 matchup in the Midwest Region bracket. The over/under in the matchup is 121.5.

Northern Kentucky vs. Houston Odds & Info

  • Date: Thursday, March 16, 2023
  • Time: 9:20 PM ET
  • TV: TNT
  • Where: Birmingham, Alabama
  • Venue: Legacy Arena at BJCC
Favorite Spread Over/Under
Houston -18.5 121.5

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Norse Betting Records & Stats

  • Northern Kentucky has played 21 games this season that have had more than 121.5 combined points scored.
  • Northern Kentucky's games this year have had a 131.8-point total on average, 10.3 more points than this matchup's over/under.
  • Northern Kentucky is 14-15-0 against the spread this season.
  • Northern Kentucky has been victorious in four of the eight contests it has been chosen as an underdog in this season.
  • The Norse have not been a bigger underdog this season than the +1400 moneyline set for this game.
  • Northern Kentucky has an implied victory probability of 6.7% according to the moneyline set by oddsmakers for this matchup.

Northern Kentucky vs. Houston Over/Under Stats

Games Over 121.5 % of Games Over 121.5 Average PPG Combined Average PPG Average Opponent PPG Combined Average Opponent PPG Average Total
Houston 24 77.4% 75 143.2 56.5 120.1 134.7
Northern Kentucky 21 72.4% 68.2 143.2 63.6 120.1 132.1

Additional Northern Kentucky Insights & Trends

  • Northern Kentucky has gone 7-3 over its past 10 games, with a 7-3 record against the spread during that span.
  • The Norse have gone over the total in four of their last 10 games.
  • The Norse's 68.2 points per game are 11.7 more points than the 56.5 the Cougars allow to opponents.
  • Northern Kentucky has put together a 12-11 ATS record and an 18-8 overall record in games it scores more than 56.5 points.

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Houston vs. Northern Kentucky Betting Splits

ATS Record ATS Record Against 18.5+ Point Spread Over/Under Record (O-U-P)
Houston 16-15-0 9-5 14-17-0
Northern Kentucky 14-15-0 0-0 12-17-0

Northern Kentucky vs. Houston Home/Away Splits

Houston Northern Kentucky
16-2 Home Record 14-3
11-0 Away Record 6-6
8-8-0 Home ATS Record 7-7-0
6-4-0 Away ATS Record 6-4-0
77.3 Points Scored Per Game (Home) 72.7
75.6 Points Scored Per Game (Away) 63.3
7-9-0 Over-Under-Push Record (Home) 7-7-0
5-5-0 Over-Under-Push Record (Away) 3-7-0

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