Looking to win big? The Bulldogs and Spartans face off at 4:00 ET on ESPN+. The Spartans are hosting the game at Echols Hall in Norfolk, VA. The over/under line for this matchup is currently at 138.5 points, and Norfolk State is favored by -8 to win at home against South Carolina State.


The Pick: South Carolina State Bulldogs +8

This game will be played at Echols Hall at 4:00 ET on Saturday, February 17th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-70 in favor of the Spartans.
  • Even though we have Norfolk State winning straight-up, we like South Carolina State at +8.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 138.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Is an Upset Waiting to Happen on the Road?

South Carolina State enters this game with a record of 9-15, including a 3-2 record in Mid-Eastern Conference play. They have won four straight games and are 5-13 this season as the underdog.

On the road, the Bulldogs are 2-11 this season, and their average scoring margin is -15.8 points per game. In their most recent game, they defeated Chicago State by a score of 78-55.

South Carolina State has been solid against the spread this season, going 12-6-2 overall and 8-4-1 on the road. As the underdog, the Bulldogs have an 11-5-2 record vs. the spread. In their last 10 games as the underdog, South Carolina State is 6-3-1 vs. the spread.

South Carolina State’s over/under record this season sits at 11-9 and today’s over/under line of 138.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games this year (150.4). So far, 15 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 139 points.

South Carolina State is fresh off a strong offensive showing, putting up 78 points versus Chicago State. This output is higher than their season-average of 71.3 points per game. Coming into the game, the Bulldogs offense has strugled with their outside shot this season, hitting threes at a rate of just 31%. On average, they get up 18.3 three-point attempts per game and are averaging 14.5 made free-throws.

As they prepare for the upcoming game, South Carolina State is focused on shoring up their defense, as they are currently allowing an average of 77.7 points per game (293rd). In their most recent game, the South Carolina State defense struggled to defend the three-point line, as Chicago State knocked down 10 three-pointers on their way to 55 points.

Will the Spartans Secure A Victory as Home Favorites?

At home this season, Norfolk State has been dominant, going 5-1 with an average scoring margin of +9.3 points per game. Over their last ten games at home, the Spartans are 9-1. Overall, Norfolk State has a record of 15-9, including a mark of 4-2 in Mid-Eastern Conference action.

Coming off a 69-60 loss to Maryland Eastern Shore, Norfolk State has a record of 5-1 when favored. On the year, they have been favored in six of their 24 games. Today, they are favored by 8 points against South Carolina State.

As the favorite this season, Norfolk State has gone just 2-4 against the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Spartans are 4-6 vs. the spread. At home, Norfolk State has an ATS record of 2-4 this year and they are 0-2 vs. the spread in their last three home games.

So far this season, the over/under record for Norfolk State games is 8-11. On average, their games have finished with 137.7 points compared to an average over/under line of 138.3, resulting in an average margin of -0.6 points. Today’s over/under line of 138.5 is similar to the average scoring total in their last three games (137 points) and their games have finished with more points than today’s line in 8 of their 19 matchups.

Norfolk State offense recently wrapped up a game with a total of 60 points against Maryland Eastern Shore. In that game, they made 4/20 three-point attempts and achieved a field goal percentage of 40%. Leading the team in scoring was Jamarii Thomas with 16 points. Tyrel Bladen also added 16 points for the Spartans.

The Spartans’ defense is presently ranked 66th nationally, allowing an average of 67.4 points per contest. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Norfolk State’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 35.0% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 28.0% this season.