Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Eagles and Hornets. The game is starting at 7:30 ET on ESPN+, and it’s hosted by the Hornets at McDougald-McLendon Arena in Durham, NC. Get ready to place your bets! In this Mid-Eastern matchup, North Carolina Central is favored by -4.5 vs. Delaware State. The over/under for the game is 138 points.

NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL EAGLES VS DELAWARE STATE HORNETS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Delaware State Hornets +4.5

This game will be played at McDougald-McLendon Arena at 7:30 ET on Monday, February 26th.

WHY BET THE DELAWARE STATE HORNETS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Hornets.
  • Not only will Delaware State pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +4.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 138 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Can the Eagles Lock in a Win at Durham?

North Carolina Central has been a much better team at home this season, going 4-1 compared to 5-9 on the road. They have won four straight home games and come into this one with an overall record of 14-11.

As the favorite, the Eagles are 6-2 this season, and they have gone 5-3 in Mid-Eastern Conference play. They are coming off a win over Maryland Eastern Shore, 88-55, and have gone 4-6 in their last 10 road games.

This season, North Carolina Central has an ATS record of 13-6. On the road, their ATS mark is 9-5 and over their last 10 games as the favorite, they are 7-2-1 vs. the spread. In their last 3 road games, they are 2-1 ATS.

Today’s over/under line of 138 is very similar to the average over/under line of 138.6 in North Carolina Central’s games this season. So far, their over/under record is 11-8. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 156 points, which is higher than today’s line of 138. Over their last 10 games, their over/under record is 4-4.

North Carolina Central’s offense is coming off a strong performance vs. Maryland Eastern Shore, finishing the game with a total of 88 points. Their season average is now 75.8 points per game. Ja’darius Harris is currently the leading scorer for the team, entering today’s matchup with an average of 15.3. Meanwhile, Fred Cleveland Jr. also brings a PPG average of 15 into the game.

So far, the Eagles’ defense is ranked 73rd in the country at 67.7 points per contest. North Carolina Central’s three-point defense is currently 13th in the country at 5.0 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 37.0% of their shots vs. North Carolina Central.

Can the Hornets Pull Out the Win as Home Underdogs?

Delaware State comes into tonight’s game as a 4.5-point underdog, and they have gone 5-10 in their 15 games as the underdog this season. So far, they have gone 4-6 at home, and their average scoring margin at home is +0.4 points per game.

Over their last 10 games at home, the Hornets have gone 5-5, and they are coming off a 69-62 loss to South Carolina State. So far this season, Delaware State has gone 12-14, and they have gone 5-4 in the Mid-Eastern Conference.

Delaware State’s ATS record for the season is 12-11, including a 3-7 mark at home. As the underdog, the Hornets are 9-6 vs. the spread this year and 6-4 in their last 10 games as the underdog. Over their last 10 home games, Delaware State is 3-6 vs. the spread.

Today’s over/under line of 138 is slightly lower than the average over/under line in Delaware State’s games this season (139.5). So far, 11 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 0-3 and the average scoring total is 130 points.

Coming off their recent game, the Delaware State offense tallied 62 points in a matchup against South Carolina State. Their field goal percentage for the game was 42.6%, and they made 6 threes. Martez Robinson is leading the team in scoring at 15.8 points per contest. Jevin Muniz has also been a key contributor with a PPG average of 14.7 going into the game.

At present, the Hornets’ defense is nationally ranked 140th, allowing 70.5 points per game. Delaware State’s three-point defense is currently 171st in the country at 7.4 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 40.7% of their shots vs. Delaware State.