Betting on today’s Spartans and Bears game? Catch the action at Hill Field House in Baltimore, MD, as the Bears hosts this showdown at 7:30 ET on ESPN+. Norfolk State is favored by -4.5 in this Mid-Eastern conference showdown. The game’s over/under is currently at 144.5 points.

NORFOLK STATE SPARTANS VS MORGAN STATE BEARS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Morgan State Bears +4.5

This game will be played at Hill Field House at 7:30 ET on Monday, February 26th.

WHY BET THE MORGAN STATE BEARS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Bears.
  • Not only will Morgan State pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +4.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 144.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Does Norfolk State Have What it Takes on the Road?

Despite a 6-8 record on the road this season, Norfolk State has been strong as the favorite, going 8-1 in nine games. The Spartans have won three straight games and are 18-9 overall, including a 7-2 mark in Mid-Eastern Conference play.

On the other hand, Norfolk State has struggled on the road this season, going 4-6 in its last 10 games away from home. The Spartans are coming off a 68-66 win over Coppin State and have gone 3-2 in their last five road games.

Overall, Norfolk State has an ATS record of 9-13 this season. Their road ATS record is currently 7-7, and over their last 10 games as the favorite, they are just 2-8 vs. the spread. In their last 3 road games, the Spartans’ ATS mark is 1-2.

Today’s over/under line of 144.5 is higher than the average over/under line in Norfolk State’s games this season (138.1). So far, 15 of their games have finished with more points than today’s OU line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total is 142 points.

Compared to their season average of 74.1 points per game, Norfolk State struggled in their previous game. Against Coppin State, the Spartans scored 68 points while finishing with a field goal percentage of 45.1%. Offensively, the Spartans have a season long field goal percentage of 45%, which is 220th in the nation. In terms of three-pointers, they are 278th in percentage and 297th in three-pointers made.

This season, the Norfolk State defense has been impressive, holding the 70th position in the country while permitting an average of 67.6 points per contest. On average, opposing teams are hitting 7.2 threes per game vs. Morgan State. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 28.9%.

Do the Bears Have What it Takes at Home?

At home this season, Morgan State is 3-3, and they have gone 6-4 in their last 10 games at home. They are coming off a 78-72 loss to Howard, and their record this season is 9-17.

As the underdog, the Bears have gone 2-16 this season, and they are 2-1 in their last three games at home. Their average scoring margin at home this season is -6.2 points per game.

As the underdog this season, Morgan State has an ATS record of 8-9-1. In their last 10 games as the underdog, the Bears have gone 6-4 vs. the spread. At home this year, Morgan State is 3-3 ATS and their home ATS record over their last 10 games is 3-4.

Today’s over/under line of 144.5 is lower than the average over/under line in Morgan State games this season (147.6). In their last three games, the average scoring total is 140 points, which is lower than the season average of 150.2 points per game. So far, 12 of their games have finished with more points than today’s OU line.

The Morgan State offense is coming off a game where they scored 72 points against Howard. They posted a field goal percentage of 45.6% and connected on 4 threes. Will Thomas is leading the team in scoring at 12.7 points per contest. Wynston Tabbs has also been a key contributor with a PPG average of 15 going into the game.

Coming into the game, Morgan State will be looking to improve their defense, as they are currently giving up 78.0 points per game (300th). On average, opposing teams are hitting 6.1 threes per game vs. Norfolk State. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 31.5%.