The Battle at the Boardwalk battle between the Norfolk State Spartans (3-9) and the Bowling Green Falcons (8-2) will take place at Boardwalk Hall. Action starts at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, December 20, 2019.
Bowling Green Falcons vs. Norfolk State Spartans Free Preview
The Falcons defeated the Cleveland State Vikings in their last outing, 72-58. Daeqwon Plowden was the top scorer from either team with 23 points on 11-for-13 shooting. Bowling Green played a nearly flawless game. They had a turnover percentage of 20.4 (worse than their season average of 12.3) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.545 (above their season average of 0.484). For those same stats, Cleveland State was 26.9 and 0.480, respectively.
In the Spartans’ last game, they were defeated by the Loyola Chicago Ramblers, 64-45. Devante Carter was Norfolk State’s leading scorer with 12 points on 5-for-7 shooting. Loyola Chicago had a free throw rate of 0.280 (above their season average of 0.275). Norfolk State, on the other hand, had a better offensive rebounding percentage (24.1 vs. 22.9).
Ball protection could play a key role in this contest. Bowling Green commits the fifth-fewest miscues in the country (turnover percentage of 15.0 percent), while the disruptive defense of Norfolk State forces the 49th-most (opponents’ turnover percentage of 23.5 percent).
Bowling Green Falcons vs. Norfolk State Spartans Odds Prediction
Free Prediction: SU Winner – Bowling Green, ATS Winner – Bowling Green, O/U – Under
Bowling Green ranks 116th in assists per game (13.5) while Norfolk State ranks 171st in assists allowed per game (14.4).
The Spartans have been outscored by an average of 11.0 points in their last five games. On the season, Norfolk State has defeated opponents by an average of 3.3 points.
During their last five games, the Falcons have scored an average of 73.8 points per game (4.4 below their season average) and allowed an average of 70.6 points per game (0.8 below their season average).