The Delaware State Hornets (2-15, 1-2 MEAC) will try to snap their six-game road losing streak when they go head-to-head with the North Carolina Central Eagles (7-12, 3-2 MEAC), who look to lengthen their five-game home winning streak. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 25, 2020.
Delaware State Hornets at North Carolina Central Eagles Odds Preview
In the Hornets’ last outing, they got blown out by the North Carolina A&T Aggies, 98-77. Delaware State’s John Crosby put together a solid game, leading both teams in scoring with 28 points on 8-for-14 shooting. North Carolina A&T had a turnover percentage of 10.4 (better than their season average of 19.0). Delaware State, meanwhile, did a fantastic job of getting to and converting from the charity stripe (22-30; 73.3 percent).
The Eagles are hoping for a better outcome after their 66-57 loss to the Florida A&M Rattlers in their last game. With 12 points and eight rebounds, North Carolina Central’s Jibri Blount had a good outing. Florida A&M had a turnover percentage of 14.2 (better than their season average of 19.1). North Carolina Central, on the other hand, held the Rattlers to an effective field goal percentage of 0.410 (below the 0.487 mark opponents have averaged against North Carolina Central this season).
It could be a sloppy game for the Delaware State offense. Delaware State ranks 271st in the NCAA in ball protection (turnover percentage of 20.7 percent), while the pesky defense of North Carolina Central forces the ninth-most turnovers in the NCAA (26.0 percent).
These two teams have already met once this season. The Hornets won 68-66. Delaware State had a much better turnover percentage (21.6 vs. 27.3). North Carolina Central, meanwhile, did a terrific job of getting and making free throws (17-23; 73.9 percent). In the loss, Blount recorded a double-double with 26 points and 13 rebounds.
Delaware State Hornets vs. North Carolina Central Eagles ATS Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – North Carolina Central, ATS Winner – North Carolina Central, O/U – Over
Delaware State ranks 97th in three pointers attempted per game (23.6) while North Carolina Central ranks 254th (18.2).
The Eagles’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 7.4, up from 0.9 for the season.
During their last five games, the Hornets have scored an average of 70.2 points per game (1.6 below their season average) and allowed an average of 80.8 points per game (3.8 below their season average).