Betting on today’s Hawks and Spartans game? Catch the action at Echols Hall in Norfolk, VA, as the Spartans hosts this showdown at 7:30 ET on ESPN+. The over/under for this game is set at 135.5 points, and Norfolk State is favored by -13 vs. Maryland Eastern Shore in a Mid-Eastern conference matchup.

MARYLAND EASTERN SHORE HAWKS VS NORFOLK STATE SPARTANS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks +13

This game will be played at Echols Hall at 7:30 ET on Monday, March 4th.

WHY BET THE MARYLAND EASTERN SHORE HAWKS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-70 in favor of the Spartans.
  • Even though we have Norfolk State winning straight-up, we like Maryland Eastern Shore at +13.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 135.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Can the Hawks Lock in a Win at Norfolk?

After losing their last game to Howard by a score of 70-66, Maryland Eastern Shore is looking to snap their three-game losing streak. So far this season, they have a record of 8-18. On the road, the Hawks have gone 0-14, compared to their 4-4 record at home.

Coming into this game, Maryland Eastern Shore has gone 2-17 as the underdog. On the season, they have been the underdog 19 times. Through 26 games, they have an average scoring differential of -17.0 points per game when playing on the road.

As the underdog, Maryland Eastern Shore has gone 10-9 vs. the spread this season and they are 11-11 overall. On the road, the Hawks are 7-7 vs. the spread and they have gone 6-4 in their last 10 road games.

Today’s over/under line of 135.5 is similar to the average over/under line in Maryland Eastern Shore’s games this season (138). So far, 13 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 133 points, which is lower than their season average of 134.9 points per game.

The Maryland Eastern Shore offense is coming off a game in which they scored 66 points vs. Howard. Overall their field goal percentage was 49% while connecting on 3 threes. Kelechi Okworogwo led the team in scoring, putting up 20 points. Additionally, Elijah Wilson contributed 16 points for the Hawks.

Currently, the Hawks’ defense holds the 121st rank in the nation, allowing 70.4 points per game. In their previous game vs. Howard, the Bison finished with a field goal percentage of 49% and a total of 70 points vs. Maryland Eastern Shore.

Can Norfolk State Deliver Being Favored at Home?

When playing at home, Norfolk State has been dominant this season, going 7-1. Their average scoring margin at home is +8.2, and they have won their last six games at home.

So far this season, Norfolk State has been favored in 11 games, going 9-2 in those matchups. Overall, they have a 19-10 record, and in their last game, they lost to Delaware State by a score of 85-71.

As the favorite, Norfolk State has struggled against the spread this season, going just 2-9 vs. the spread. Their ATS mark at home is 2-6 and they have an overall ATS record of 9-15. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Spartans have gone just 2-8 vs. the spread.

Today’s over/under line of 135.5 is lower than the average over/under line in Norfolk State’s games this year (138.4). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 151 points, and over their last 10 games, the average scoring total is 140 points. So far this year, their over/under record is 12-12.

The Norfolk State offense is coming off a game where they scored 71 points against Delaware State. They posted a field goal percentage of 44.1% and connected on 7 threes. Allen Betrand led the team in scoring, putting up 15 points. Additionally, Jamarii Thomas contributed 14 points for the Spartans.

At present, the Spartans’ defense is nationally ranked 86th, allowing 68.7 points per game. In their most recent game, the Norfolk State defense struggled to defend the three-point line, as Delaware State knocked down 10 three-pointers on their way to 85 points.