The Mid-Eastern Conference Tourney meeting between the Delaware State Hornets (6-25, 5-12 MEAC) and the North Carolina Central Eagles (17-13, 13-3 MEAC) will be played at Norfolk Scope Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 11, 2020.
Delaware State Hornets vs. North Carolina Central Eagles Betting Preview
The Hornets were victorious over the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks in their last outing, 68-64. With 21 points, Myles Carter played well for Delaware State. The Hornets had a better free throw rate (0.217 vs. 0.143) and held the Hawks to an effective field goal percentage of 0.437 (below the 0.540 mark opponents have averaged against Delaware State this season).
In the Eagles’ previous matchup, they beat the North Carolina A&T Aggies, 86-80. Jibri Blount played a key role for North Carolina Central with 19 points and 12 rebounds. The Eagles had a ridiculous free throw rate of 0.414 (above their season average of 0.205) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.534 (above their season average of 0.507).
From an effective field goal percentage perspective, North Carolina Central should have a significant edge. The Eagles defense ranks 82nd in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.471), while the Delaware State offense is ranked 282nd in effective field goal percentage (0.477).
Delaware State Hornets vs. North Carolina Central Eagles Odds Prediction
College Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – North Carolina Central, ATS Winner – North Carolina Central, O/U – Over
Delaware State ranks 60th in three pointers attempted per game (24.6) while North Carolina Central ranks 227th (19.6).
The Eagles’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 8.8, up from 3.3 for the season.
During their last five games, the Hornets have scored an average of 81.0 points per game (7.6 above their season average) and allowed an average of 76.8 points per game (5.9 below their season average).