The Spartans and Bison are set to face off at 4:00 ET on ESPN+. The Bison will host the game at Burr Gymnasium in Washington, DC. This Mid-Eastern conference matchup has an over/under of 143.5 points, and the Bison are favored to win at home vs. the Spartans.

NORFOLK STATE SPARTANS VS HOWARD BISON BETTING PICK

The Pick: Howard Bison -2.5

This game will be played at Burr Gymnasium at 4:00 ET on Saturday, January 20th.

WHY BET THE HOWARD BISON:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Bison.
  • Not only will Howard pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -2.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 143.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Does Norfolk State Have What it Takes to Win as Road Underdogs?

After a loss to North Carolina Central, Norfolk State will look to get back on track as they head out on the road to take on Howard. So far this season, the Spartans have gone 4-7 on the road compared to 3-1 at home. In their last 10 games away from home, they are 4-6.

As the underdog, Norfolk State has gone 4-8 this season. Overall, they have gone 11-8 compared to their 1-1 record in the Mid-Eastern Conference. Through 19 games, they have an average scoring margin of -6.4 points per game.

As the underdog, Norfolk State has gone 6-6 vs. the spread this season and they are 8-7 overall. Their road ATS record is 6-5 and their last 10 games as the underdog they have gone 6-4 vs. the spread.

On the season, the over/under record for Norfolk State games is 6-9. So far, their games have averaged 138.7 points compared to an average over/under line of 139. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 153 points and their over/under record during this stretch is 1-1.

In contrast to their season average of 75.8 points per game, the Norfolk State had a below average performance. They scored 58 points against North Carolina Central and had a field goal percentage of 35.2%. Leading the team in scoring was Jamarii Thomas with 18 points. Allen Betrand also added 10 points for the Spartans.

So far, the Spartans’ defense is ranked 89th in the country at 68.1 points per contest. So far, the Norfolk State defense is giving up an average of 9.2 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 11 times per game (477th).

Can The Bison Secure a Home Victory?

Howard enters today’s game as 2.5-point favorites, and they have gone 5-2 this season when favored. So far, they have gone 3-2 at home, and they have gone 8-2 in their last 10 games at home.

Overall, Howard is 8-11 this season, and they are coming off a 72-61 win over Maryland Eastern Shore. Through 19 games, they have gone 2-1 in Mid-Eastern Conference play, compared to 6-10 in non-conference action.

Howard’s ATS record this season is 6-9-2, and they are 3-1-1 vs. the spread at home. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Bison are 5-4-1.

Today’s over/under line of 143.5 is lower than the average over/under line in Howard’s games this season (149.4). So far, their over/under record is 12-5. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 147 points and their OU record during this stretch is 1-1.

In their recent game, the Bison’s offense concluded with 72 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 75.9 points per contest. The team’s top scorer is Bryce Harris, who enters today’s matchup with an average of 15.3, while Seth Towns also carries a PPG average of 15.6 into the game.

So far, the Bison’s defense is ranked 268th in the country at 77.2 points per contest. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Howard’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 40.5% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 31.7% this season.