Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Bulldogs versus the Eagles? Tip off is at at 7:30 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at McDougald-McLendon Arena in Durham, NC. The over/under line for this matchup is currently at 143.5 points, and North Carolina Central is favored by -6.5 to win at home against South Carolina State.

SOUTH CAROLINA STATE BULLDOGS VS NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL EAGLES BETTING PICK

The Pick: South Carolina State Bulldogs +6.5

This game will be played at McDougald-McLendon Arena at 7:30 ET on Thursday, March 7th.

WHY BET THE SOUTH CAROLINA STATE BULLDOGS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-70 in favor of the Eagles.
  • Even though we have North Carolina Central winning straight-up, we like South Carolina State at +6.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 143.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Can the Bulldogs Grab a Win on the Road?

South Carolina State is coming off a 61-58 win over Coppin State, and they are 14-16 overall. They have won five straight games, and their record in the Mid-Eastern Conference is 8-3.

On the road, the Bulldogs are 6-12, and they have a scoring differential of -10.1 points per game. Over their last 10 road games, they have gone 6-4.

As the underdog this year, South Carolina State has an ATS record of 14-5-2. On the road, their ATS mark is 12-5-1. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Bulldogs have gone 7-2-1 vs. the spread.

South Carolina State’s over/under record this season sits at 11-15 and today’s line of 143.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games (148.1). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is just 123 points compared to their season average of 144.9. So far, 13 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line.

The South Carolina State offense is coming off a game in which they scored 61 points vs. Coppin State. Overall their field goal percentage was 40.4% while connecting on 6 threes. Leading the team in scoring was Mitchel Taylor with 14 points. Drayton Jones also added 11 points for the Bulldogs.

Currently, the Bulldogs’ defense holds the 243rd rank in the nation, allowing 74.7 points per game. The South Carolina State defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 58 points and allowed Coppin State to connect on 5 threes.

Will the Eagles Find a Way to Win at Home?

North Carolina Central comes into this game with a record of 16-12, including a 7-4 mark in Mid-Eastern action. They have been the favorite in 11 games this season, going 8-3 in those matchups.

At home, the Eagles have been even better, going 4-1 this season, including a current four-game winning streak. Their average scoring margin at home is +12.0 points per game.

North Carolina Central’s ATS record this season is 15-7, including a 4-1 mark at home. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Eagles have gone 8-2 vs. the spread.

North Carolina Central’s over/under record this season is 14-8 and the average scoring total in their games is 142.6 points. Today’s over/under line of 143.5 is higher than the average over/under line in their games this season (138.8). In their last three games, the over/under record is 3-0 and the average scoring total is 160 points.

North Carolina Central’s offense is coming off a strong performance vs. Morgan State, finishing the game with a total of 79 points. Their season average is now 76.8 points per game. Leading North Carolina Central in scoring vs. Morgan State was Fred Cleveland Jr. with his 27 points. Keishon Porter also added 11 points for the Eagles.

At this time, the Eagles’ defense is positioned 82nd in the country, permitting 68.5 points per game. The North Carolina Central defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 88 points and allowed Morgan State to connect on 3 threes.