Looking to win big? The Hawks and Eagles face off at 4:00 ET on ESPN+. The Eagles are hosting the game at McDougald-McLendon Arena in Durham, NC. The over/under for this Mid-Eastern conference contest is set at 136 points, with North Carolina Central being favored by -10.5 at home against Maryland Eastern Shore.


The Pick: Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks +10.5

This game will be played at McDougald-McLendon Arena at 4:00 ET on Saturday, February 24th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-70 in favor of the Eagles.
  • Even though we have North Carolina Central winning straight-up, we like Maryland Eastern Shore at +10.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 136 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Does Maryland Eastern Shore Have A Chance at McDougald-McLendon Arena?

As the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks prepare to take on the North Carolina Central Eagles, they will be looking to snap a 12-game losing streak on the road. So far this season, the Hawks have gone 0-12 away from home, and they have been outscored by an average of 16.4 points per game.

Overall, Maryland Eastern Shore has an 8-15 record, including a 3-6 mark in Mid-Eastern Conference play. In their last game, they defeated Coppin State by a score of 75-67. So far this season, the Hawks have been the underdog in 16 of their 23 games, and they have gone 2-14 in those contests.

As the underdog, Maryland Eastern Shore has gone 8-8 vs. the spread this season. However, their ATS mark has been much better recently, as they have gone 3-0 ATS in their last 3 road games and 6-4 ATS in their last 10 games as the underdog. Overall, the Hawks are 9-10 ATS this year.

Today’s over/under line of 136 is lower than the average OU line in Maryland Eastern Shore’s games this season (138.1). So far, 12 of their games have finished with more points than today’s OU line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 1-1 and the average scoring total in those games is 140 points.

Maryland Eastern Shore is coming off a good offensive performance, putting up 75 points vs. Coppin State. This figure is more than their season average of 65.9 points per game. Troy Hupstead was the leading scorer for the Hawks, putting up 22 points. In addition, Elijah Wilson contributed 19 points.

The Hawks’ defense is presently ranked 117th nationally, allowing an average of 70.0 points per contest. Against Coppin State in their most recent game, the Maryland Eastern Shore defense gave up a total of 67 points while allowing Coppin State to hit 43% of their shots.

Can the Eagles Pull Off a Home Win?

North Carolina Central is favored by 10.5 points in this game, and they have gone 5-2 as the favorite this season. They have gone 3-1 at home compared to 5-9 on the road.

The Eagles have gone 4-3 in conference play, and they have lost two games in a row. They are 13-11 overall, and their average scoring margin at home is +6.8 points per game.

North Carolina Central has a solid ATS mark of 12-6 this season, including a 3-1 record at home. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Eagles have gone 6-3-1 vs. the spread.

North Carolina Central has an over/under record of 10-8 this season and the average scoring total in their games is 139.6 points. Today’s over/under line of 136 is lower than the average OU line in their games (138.7). In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-0 and the average scoring total is 159 points.

The North Carolina Central offense is coming off a game where they scored 74 points against Norfolk State. They posted a field goal percentage of 49% and connected on 8 threes. Ja’darius Harris is the current leading scorer for the team, with an average of 15.7 as they approach today’s matchup. In addition, Fred Cleveland Jr. brings a PPG average of 15.1 into the game.

So far, the Eagles’ defense is ranked 79th in the country at 68.2 points per contest. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, North Carolina Central’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 37.0% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 24.0% this season.