The North Carolina Central Eagles (9-12, 5-2 MEAC) will attempt to lengthen a seven-game home winning streak when they challenge the Norfolk State Spartans (10-12, 6-1 MEAC) at McDougald-McLendon Gymnasium. Action begins at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, February 3, 2020, and it can be seen on ESPNU.
Norfolk State Spartans at North Carolina Central Eagles Odds Preview
The Spartans were beaten by the North Carolina A&T Aggies in their last outing, 74-68. Norfolk State’s Joe Bryant Jr. had a good game, leading both teams in scoring with 17 points on 6-for-13 shooting. North Carolina A&T forced the Spartans into a turnover percentage of 24.4 (above their season average of 17.7). Norfolk State, on the other hand, had a better effective field goal percentage (0.491 vs. 0.475).
The last time the Eagles were in action, they beat the South Carolina State Bulldogs, 73-56. With 23 points on 9-for-12 shooting, C.J. Keyser was the game’s leading scorer. The Eagles had a great turnover percentage of 10.0 (better than their season average of 20.5) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.589 (above their season average of 0.499).
This has potential to be a sloppy game for the offense of North Carolina Central. North Carolina Central ranks 338th in the NCAA in ball protection (turnover percentage of 22.9 percent), while the disruptive defense of Norfolk State forces the 33rd-most turnovers in the country (23.0 percent).
This is the first time these teams will battle this year. Each won one of the two games played against each other last season. The Eagles won the most recent game 50-47. North Carolina Central had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (33.3 vs. 14.7). Norfolk State, on the other hand, had a better turnover percentage (20.7 vs. 23.0).
Norfolk State Spartans vs. North Carolina Central Eagles ATS Prediction
College Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – North Carolina Central, ATS Winner – North Carolina Central, O/U – Over
The Eagles rank 122nd in assists per game (13.5) while the Spartans rank 170th in assists allowed per game (13.6).
Norfolk State ranks 106th in rebounds per game (36.7) while North Carolina Central ranks 234th (33.4).
The Spartans rank 127th in three pointers attempted per game (22.5) while the Eagles rank 239th (18.5).
North Carolina Central ranks 14th in steals per game (9.3) while Norfolk State ranks 69th in steals allowed per game (5.9).
The Eagles’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 13.4, up from 2.9 for the season.
During their last five games, the Spartans have scored an average of 73.8 points per game (3.7 above their season average) and allowed an average of 63.6 points per game (1.4 below their season average).