The Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (6-8) can put an end to a six-game road losing streak when they square off against the Norfolk State Spartans (4-11) at Echols Hall. Action starts at 6:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 4, 2020.
Bethune-Cookman Wildcats at Norfolk State Spartans ATS Preview
In the Wildcats’ last matchup, they were beaten by the Saint Louis Billikens, 77-67. Bethune-Cookman’s Cletrell Pope put up 11 points and 19 rebounds in the contest. Saint Louis had a turnover percentage of 8.1 (better than their season average of 15.8). Bethune-Cookman, meanwhile, held the Billikens to an offensive rebounding percentage of 28.3 (below their season average of 36.6).
The Spartans are hoping for a better outcome after their 81-65 loss to the Stony Brook Seawolves in their last matchup. With 14 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, Steven Whitley played well for Norfolk State. Stony Brook did a terrific job of making free throws (21-24; 87.5 percent). Norfolk State, meanwhile, had a turnover percentage of 12.9 (better than their season average of 18.5).
This has potential to be a mistake-prone game for the offense of Norfolk State. Norfolk State ranks 275th in the NCAA in ball protection (turnover percentage of 21.0 percent), while the disruptive defense of Bethune-Cookman forces the 84th-most turnovers in the country (21.8 percent).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. Each won one of the two games played against each other last season. The Wildcats won the last game 84-76. The Wildcats dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a phenomenal free throw rate of 0.540 and a solid effective field goal percentage of 0.570. The Spartans put up marks of 0.258 and 0.484, respectively, for those same stats.
Bethune-Cookman Wildcats vs. Norfolk State Spartans Betting Prediction
College Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Norfolk State, ATS Winner – Norfolk State, O/U – Under
Bethune-Cookman ranks 49th in rebounds per game (39.4) while Norfolk State ranks 148th in rebounds allowed per game (35.7).
The Spartans average 8.3 steals per game, which ranks 47th in the NCAA. The Wildcats rank 96th in steals allowed per game (6.5).
Bethune-Cookman averages 12.6 assists per game, which ranks 149th in the country. Norfolk State ranks 190th in assists allowed per game (14.3).
The Spartans have been outscored by an average of 9.0 points in their last five games. On the season, Norfolk State has defeated opponents by an average of 1.6 points.
During their last five games, the Wildcats have scored an average of 69.0 points per game (3.5 below their season average) and allowed an average of 74.4 points per game (4.3 above their season average).