Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Bison and Spartans. The game is starting at 9:00 ET on ESPNU, and it’s hosted by the Spartans at Echols Hall in Norfolk, VA. Get ready to place your bets! The over/under for this game is set at 146 points, and Norfolk State is favored by -4 vs. Howard in a Mid-Eastern conference matchup.


The Pick: Norfolk State Spartans -4

This game will be played at Echols Hall at 9:00 ET on Thursday, March 7th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-69 in favor of the Spartans.
  • Not only will Norfolk State pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -4.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 146 points, and we like the under with a projected 145 points.

Will the Bison Defense Show Up on the Road?

Howard comes into this game with a record of 15-15, including a 9-4 mark in Mid-Eastern Conference play. The Bison have won four straight games, including their most recent game against Delaware State by a score of 85-66.

On the road this season, Howard has gone 7-10, and they have won their last four games away from home. For the year, the Bison have gone 2-9 as the underdog.

Howard’s ATS mark for the season is 10-16-2, but they have gone 4-5-1 vs. the spread in their last 10 road games and 3-6-1 in their last 10 games as the underdog. On the road this year, the Bison have a 6-10-1 ATS record.

Howard’s over/under record this season is 18-10 and today’s line of 146 is lower than the average over/under line in their games this year (147.4). In their last three games, the average scoring total is 144 points and their over/under record in their last 10 games is 6-4.

Howard’s offense is coming off a strong performance, scoring 85 points against Delaware State. They had an overall field goal percentage of 52.7% and made 18/22 free throws. One area that the Howard offense has been good this season is getting to the line. Currently, they are 39th in free-throw attempts per contest. Overall, they have a field goal percentage of 45%.

At this time, the Bison’s defense is positioned 249th in the country, permitting 74.9 points per game. In today’s game vs. Norfolk State, the Howard defense will be looking to do a better job avoiding putting opponents on the line. In their last game, Howard made 22 free-throws vs. the Bison.

Do the Spartans Have What it Takes at Home?

After a 69-50 win over Maryland Eastern Shore, Norfolk State has won seven straight games at home and has gone 10-0 in their last 10 games at home. They are 8-1 at home this season compared to 7-9 on the road. Norfolk State is 10-2 when favored, and they have been favored in 12 of their 30 games.

Overall, Norfolk State is 20-10 this season, and they have gone 9-3 in Mid-Eastern Conference games compared to 11-7 in non-conference games. They have an average scoring margin of +9.4 points per game at home compared to -5.2 points per game on the road.

As the favorite, Norfolk State has struggled against the spread this season, going just 3-9 vs. the spread in games they were favored. Their overall ATS record is 10-15. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Spartans are just 2-8 vs. the spread.

Today’s over/under line of 146 is higher than the average over/under line in Norfolk State’s games this season (138.2). Over their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total in those games is 147 points.

The Norfolk State offense is coming off a game in which they scored 69 points vs. Maryland Eastern Shore. Overall their field goal percentage was 44.6% while connecting on 7 threes. For the season, the Norfolk State offense has been one of the more efficient shooting teams in the NCAA with a field goal percentage of 45%. So far, they have hit 51% of their looks from inside the arc, and are averaging 6.3 made three’s per contest.

Currently, the Spartans’ defense holds the 73rd rank in the nation, allowing 68.1 points per game. Against Maryland Eastern Shore in their most recent game, the Norfolk State defense gave up a total of 50 points while allowing Maryland Eastern Shore to hit 44% of their shots.