MEAC Quarterfinal-North Carolina Central Eagles vs. Coppin State Eagles - 3/11/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Coppin State Eagles (8-22) at North Carolina Central Eagles (24-6)
College Basketball: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 6:00 pm (Norfolk Scope Arena)
The Line: North Carolina Central Eagles -14 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Coppin State Eagles look to deliver the knockout blow to the North Carolina Central Eagles in the MEAC quarterfinals.
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The Coppin State survived a late rally from Bethune-Cookman to advance to the quarterfinals following a 64-60 win. The Eagles pushed their lead to nine in the second half but couldn’t put the Wildcats away who were without Brandon Stewart. BC held a slight 39%-37.7% shooting edge but hurt themselves with 14 turnovers and a 5-18 effort on threes. The only real difference was Coppin State sank three more free throws with two coming with a second left.
The Eagles were balanced at the offensive end with Sterling Smith being the only player to teach double figures in the scoring column with 14 points and six pulls on 6-13 from the floor. Arnold Fripp followed with nine points and five yanks while Taariq Cephas and Daquan Brickhouse contributed eight points apiece. Christian Kessee and Jahvari Josiah netted seven points each with the entire nine man rotation scoring.
Many smaller conferences are a who is who mix of teams with conflicting numbers but the MEAC has the North Carolina Central Eagles who were clearly the conference bully at 16-0 with a 24-6 record overall. The Eagles were all business, outscoring opponents 68-55 while outshooting them 48%-36.7%. There were a few close ones but the Eagles ended the season with eight double digit victories in a row.
If the defense continues to shut opponents down the offense is going to take care of business with four members of the starting five averaging double figures. Jordan Parks controls the paint with team highs of 15 points and eight rebounds on 64% from the floor. Anthony McDonald and Dante Holmes score 13 and 10.5 points while Nimrod Hilliard IV checks in at over eleven points and 6+ helpers on 48% marksmanship. The options are numerous and the bench gives the starters some time to catch their breath while maintaining order.
The Eagles have scoring ability so the higher the score gets the better their chances would seem to be. North Carolina Central can put the ball in the basket but like to control things a bit and rely more on defense with good reason. A low scoring contest and Central stays perfect but no guarantee in the MEAC. No line is out so please check back…
Seems like a lot of points in a game that could be low scoring.