Planning on watching today’s Hawks and Eagles game? Catch the action at Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, VA, as the Eagles hosts this showdown at 8:00 ET on ESPN+. This Mid-Eastern conference matchup has an over/under of 134 points, and North Carolina Central is favored to win by -9.5 at home vs. Maryland Eastern Shore.

MARYLAND EASTERN SHORE HAWKS VS NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL EAGLES BETTING PICK

The Pick: Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks +9.5

This game will be played at Norfolk Scope Arena at 8:00 ET on Wednesday, March 13th.

WHY BET THE MARYLAND EASTERN SHORE HAWKS:

  • 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 +9.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 134 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Will the Hawks Defense Show Up on the Road?

On the season, the Hawks have gone 9-19, including a 4-10 record in Mid-Eastern Conference play. On the road, they are just 1-15, coming into this game with an average scoring margin of -15.6 points per game.

As the underdog, Maryland Eastern Shore has gone 3-18 this season, and they have been the underdog in 21 of their 28 games. In their most recent game, they defeated Delaware State by a score of 67-59.

Against the spread, Maryland Eastern Shore is currently 12-12 this season. On the road, their ATS mark is 8-8. As the underdog, the Hawks have gone 11-10 vs. the spread this year. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, they are 6-4 ATS. On the road, their ATS record is 7-3 over their last 10 contests.

Today’s over/under line of 134 is lower than the average over/under line in Maryland Eastern Shore’s games this season (137.6). So far, 14 of their games have finished with fewer than 134 points. Over their last three games, their games have averaged 127 points compared to their season average of 133.9 points per game.

The Maryland Eastern Shore offense is coming off a game where they scored 67 points against Delaware State. They posted a field goal percentage of 44.8% and connected on 3 threes. Troy Hupstead is currently the leading scorer for the team, entering today’s matchup with an average of 13.4. Meanwhile, Devon Ellis also brings a PPG average of 11.3 into the game.

So far, the Hawks’ defense is ranked 112nd in the country at 70.0 points per contest. In today’s game, the Maryland Eastern Shore defense will be looking to once again do a good job defending the three-point line, as they gave up just 5 three-pointers while giving up 59 points.

Are North Carolina Central Ready for a Home Win?

North Carolina Central has been a much better team at home this season, going 5-1 compared to 7-10 on the road. They have won their last five games at home and have gone 8-2 in their last 10 at home.

For the season, the Eagles have been favored in 12 games, going 9-3, while they have been the underdog in 11 games, going 3-8.

North Carolina Central has been a solid bet vs. the spread this season, going 16-7. They have a home ATS mark of 5-1 and have gone 9-3 vs. the spread when favored this year. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Eagles are 8-2 vs. the spread.

So far this season, the over/under record for North Carolina Central games is 15-8. The average scoring total in their games is 142.8 points. Today’s over/under line of 134 is lower than the average OU line in their games (139), and over their last three games, their over/under record is 3-0 with an average of 151 points scored.

The North Carolina Central offense is coming off a game in which they scored 79 points vs. South Carolina State. Overall their field goal percentage was 56.2% while connecting on 8 threes. The team’s top scorer is Fred Cleveland Jr., who comes into today’s matchup with an average of 15.1, while Po’boigh King also maintains a PPG average of 14.7 leading up to the game.

Coming into today’s game, the North Carolina Central defense is giving up an average of 68.5 points per contest. In their previous game vs. South Carolina State, the Bulldogs finished with a field goal percentage of 56% and a total of 68 points vs. North Carolina Central.