The Eagles and Bulldogs are set to face off at 4:00 ET on ESPN+. The Bulldogs will host the game at S-H-M Memorial Center in Orangeburg, SC. The Eagles are favored in this Mid-Eastern conference showdown. The game’s over/under is currently at 146.5 points.
NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL EAGLES VS SOUTH CAROLINA STATE BULLDOGS BETTING PICK
The Pick: South Carolina State Bulldogs +2.5
This game will be played at S-H-M Memorial Center at 4:00 ET on Saturday, January 20th.
WHY BET THE SOUTH CAROLINA STATE BULLDOGS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-68 in favor of the Bulldogs.
- Not only will South Carolina State pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +2.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 146.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 143 points.
Is A Road Victory Likely for the Favored Eagles?
After winning their last game against Norfolk State by a score of 60-58, North Carolina Central comes into this game with a 10-7 record. So far this season, the team has gone 2-0 in Mid-Eastern Conference play, compared to their 8-7 non-conference record.
Playing on the road, the Eagles have gone 3-6 this season, and their average scoring margin in those games is -9.3 points per game. Across their last 10 games on the road, they have gone 4-6.
North Carolina Central has been solid against the spread this season with a 9-4 record. They have been even better vs. the spread as the favorite, going 3-1. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Eagles have a mark of 6-3-1.
So far this season, the over/under record for North Carolina Central is 7-6 and today’s line of 146.5 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (138.4). Over their last three games, the over/under record is 0-2 with an average scoring total of 141 points.
In contrast to their season average of 76.5 points per game, the North Carolina Central had a below average performance. They scored 60 points against Norfolk State and had a field goal percentage of 33.9%. The top scorer for the Eagles was Ja’darius Harris with 20 points, while Po’boigh King also added 17 to the scoreboard.
Coming into today’s game, the North Carolina Central defense is giving up an average of 67.5 points per contest. Against Norfolk State in their most recent game, the North Carolina Central defense gave up a total of 58 points while allowing Norfolk State to hit 33% of their shots.
Can the South Carolina State Offense Score Enough at Home?
South Carolina State has not had much success this season, as they are just 4-14 overall and have lost six straight games. They are also 0-11 on the road, compared to a 2-3 record at home.
As the underdog, the Bulldogs have gone 2-13 this season, and they have been the underdog in 15 of their 18 games. They are coming off an 82-78 loss to Howard.
South Carolina State’s ATS mark for the season is 8-6-2, and they are 2-2-1 vs. the spread at home. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Bulldogs are 5-3-2 ATS.
Today’s over/under line of 146.5 is lower than the average over/under line in South Carolina State’s games this season (151.9). This year, 11 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 3-0 and the average scoring total is 155 points.
Coming off their recent game, the South Carolina State offense tallied 78 points in a matchup against Howard. Their field goal percentage for the game was 45.5%, and they made 11 threes. On the offensive front, the Bulldogs have a season-long field goal percentage of 40%, ranking 374th nationally. When it comes to three-point shooting, they are ranked 337th in terms of percentage and 330th in three-pointers made.
Looking at the South Carolina State defense, they will be looking for a better performance considering they are currently conceding 82.6 points per game (316th). On average, opposing teams are hitting 7.6 threes per game vs. North Carolina Central. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 32.9%.