The Delaware State Hornets (1-14, 0-1 MEAC), who are currently on a seven-game losing streak, look to get back in the win column when they welcome the North Carolina Central Eagles (5-10, 1-0 MEAC) to Memorial Hall. Action gets underway at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 11, 2020.
North Carolina Central Eagles at Delaware State Hornets Odds Preview
The last time the Eagles played, they defeated the Florida A&M Rattlers, 61-45. Jibri Blount was the game’s leading scorer with 23 points on 7-for-16 shooting. North Carolina Central played a nearly flawless game. They had a free throw rate of 0.212 (above their season average of 0.184) and a turnover percentage of 19.5 (better than their season average of 20.4). For those same stats, Florida A&M recorded marks of 0.058 and 30.3, respectively.
The Hornets are hoping for a better outcome after their 81-68 loss to the Morgan State Bears in their last matchup. John Crosby was the top scorer from either team with 22 points on 6-for-18 shooting. Morgan State did an excellent job of making free throws (27-37; 73.0 percent). Delaware State, on the other hand, had an offensive rebounding percentage of 30.8 (above their season average of 24.3).
Opposite tempos will be on display in this battle. Delaware State has preferred an up-and-down style of play (16th in possessions per game), while North Carolina Central has been slower-paced (190th in possessions per game).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. The Eagles won all three contests played against each other last season. In the most recent matchup, North Carolina Central won 75-57. The Eagles dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had an absurd effective field goal percentage of 0.611 and a free throw rate of 0.167. The Hornets were 0.385 and 0.108, respectively, for those same stats.
North Carolina Central Eagles at Delaware State Hornets Prediction
Free Prediction: SU Winner – North Carolina Central, ATS Winner – North Carolina Central, O/U – Over
The Eagles rank 107th in rebounds allowed per game (34.3) while the Hornets rank 234th (39.3).
North Carolina Central averages 9.7 steals per game, which ranks 12th in the country. Delaware State ranks 176th in steals allowed per game (8.1).
The Hornets rank 92nd in three pointers attempted per game (23.7) while the Eagles rank 226th (18.6).
North Carolina Central ranks 103rd in assists allowed per game (12.2) while Delaware State ranks 232nd (16.9).
The Hornets’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 10.8, down from 13.2 for the season.
During their last five games, the Eagles have scored an average of 81.8 points per game (15.3 above their season average) and allowed an average of 59.2 points per game (7.6 below their season average).