Planning on watching today’s Hawks and Bulldogs game? Catch the action at S-H-M Memorial Center in Orangeburg, SC, as the Bulldogs hosts this showdown at 7:30 ET on ESPN+. This Mid-Eastern conference matchup has an over/under of 135.5 points, and South Carolina State is favored to win by -8.5 at home vs. Maryland Eastern Shore.

MARYLAND EASTERN SHORE HAWKS VS SOUTH CAROLINA STATE BULLDOGS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks +8.5

This game will be played at S-H-M Memorial Center at 7:30 ET on Monday, February 26th.

WHY BET THE MARYLAND EASTERN SHORE HAWKS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-70 in favor of the Bulldogs.
  • Even though we have South Carolina State winning straight-up, we like Maryland Eastern Shore at +8.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 135.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Do the Hawks Stand a Chance on the Road?

Coming into this game, Maryland Eastern Shore is 8-16 overall and 3-7 in the Mid-Eastern Conference. They have yet to win a game on the road this season, going 0-13 with an average scoring margin of -17.7 points per game.

As the underdog, the Hawks are 2-15 this season, and they have lost their last 13 games away from home. In their most recent game, they lost to North Carolina Central by a score of 88-55.

Against the spread, Maryland Eastern Shore has a record of 9-11 this season. On the road, they are 6-7 vs. the spread and 2-1 in their last 3 road games. As the underdog, the Hawks are 8-9 vs. the spread this season and 6-4 in their last 10 games as the underdog.

Today’s over/under line of 135.5 is lower than the average over/under line in Maryland Eastern Shore’s games this season (138). So far, 12 of their games have finished with fewer points than today’s OU line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1.

Most recently, the Maryland Eastern Shore offense finished with just 55 points vs. North Carolina Central. For the game, they hit 3/21 three-point attempts and a field goal percentage of 35.7%. Offensively, the Hawks have a season long field goal percentage of 39%, which is 395th in the nation. In terms of three-pointers, they are 381st in percentage and 314th in three-pointers made.

In terms of defense, Maryland Eastern Shore is currently on par with the NCAA average for points allowed, giving up an average of 70.7 points per game. The Maryland Eastern Shore defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 88 points and allowed North Carolina Central to connect on 9 threes.

Will the Bulldogs Win at S-H-M Memorial Center?

South Carolina State is 11-16 overall and 5-3 in the Mid-Eastern Conference. They are 4-3 at home this season, and their average scoring margin at home is +2.4. In their last game, they defeated Delaware State by a score of 69-62, and their record over their past three home games is 2-1.

As the favorite, the Bulldogs are 2-1 this season, and they have been the underdog in 20 of their 27 games. Their record as the underdog is 6-14. So far, South Carolina State’s win streak is at two games.

As the favorite, South Carolina State has gone 2-1 against the spread this season and 5-5 in their last 10 games as the favorite. At home, their ATS mark is 4-2-1 and they are 1-0 ATS in their last three home games.

South Carolina State’s over/under record this season sits at 11-12 and the average scoring total in their games is 147.7 points. Today’s over/under line of 135.5 is lower than the average OU line in their games (149.3). In their last three games, the over/under record is 0-3 and their average scoring total in those games is 137 points.

In their latest game, South Carolina State offense put up 69 points against Delaware State. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 42.1% and made 9 threes. Raquan Brown led the scoring for the Bulldogs, contributing 18 points. Additionally, Caleb McCarty chipped in with 12 points.

At present, the Bulldogs’ defense is nationally ranked 282nd, allowing 76.5 points per game. So far, the South Carolina State defense is giving up an average of 8.5 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 14.2 times per game (703rd).