North Carolina Central Eagles vs. Howard Bison - 3/8/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Howard Bison (10-19) at North Carolina Central Eagles (12-18)
College Basketball: Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at 6:30 pm (Norfolk Scope Arena)
The Line: North Carolina Central Eagles -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The North Carolina Central will face off against the Howard Bison in the opening round of the MEAC Tournament.
The North Carolina Central Eagles finished the regular season with a 12-18 record and finished 7th in the Conference. The Eagles ended the season winning 4 out of their last 7 games. North Carolina Central averaged 70.2 points per game and shot 35% from the 3-point line. The leading scorer for the Eagles has been Dante Holmes who is averaging 15.6 points per game and 5.0 rebounds while shooting 38% from the 3-point line. Patrick Cole is second on the team with 15.2 points per game and 4.6 rebounds.
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The Howard Bison finished the regular season with a 12-19 record and will have the 10th seed in the MEAC Tournament. The Bison struggled at the end of the season losing 4 out of their last 5 games. Howard averaged 72.4 points per game and shot 73.8% from the free throw line. The leading scorer for the Bison has been James Daniel who is averaging 27.2 points per game and 2.7 assists. Marcel Boyd is second on the team with 10.1 points per game and 4.4 rebounds.
These teams faced off only once this season with Howard winning 71-69 on the road.
The Howard Bison are 1-4 against the spread in their last 5 neutral site games. The Bison are 3-13-1 against the spread in their last 17 games following a straight up loss. North Carolina Central is 5-1 against the spread in their last 6 neutral site games. The Eagles are 8-2 against the spread in their last 10 games following a loss.
North Carolina Central played well towards the end of the season while Howard struggled losing 4 out of their last 5 games. With it all on the line here i think James Daniel who is averaging 27.2 points per game will lead Howard to a win here. I think this will be a close game so i will take the 4 points with Howard.