North Carolina A&T vs. Norfolk State - 3/8/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Norfolk State Spartans (14-18) at North Carolina A&T Aggies (19-13)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Norfolk Scope Arena)
The Line: North Carolina A&T Aggies +2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
We have some MEAC quarterfinals action on Thursday night as the #5 seed Norfolk State Spartans battle the #4 seed North Carolina A&T Aggies in a college basketball matchup.
The Norfolk State Spartans come into this one fresh off of a 78-68 win over Maryland-Eastern Shore in the first round to punch their ticket to the quarterfinals. Steven Whitley led the Spartans with team-highs of 16 points with 9 rebounds and 7 assists with a pair of steals, while Derrik Jamerson Jr. came right behind with 15 points with 5 triples. Kyle Williams added 13 points on 4 of 10 shooting with 3 threes while Alex Long and Mastadi Pitt each added 12 points to round out the scoring in double figures for Norfolk State in the win while Preston Bungel added 6 points and 8 rebounds in the winning effort as well. Whitley leads the Spartans with an average of 12.2 points and 4.7 assists per game while Bungel leads Norfolk State in rebounding with 6.1 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Norfolk State is scoring 73 points per game on 43% shooting from the field, 36% from behind the arc and 67.9% from the foul line this season.
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The North Carolina A&T Aggies have had an extra day to rest after a nail biting 62-61 overtime win over Delaware State. Femi Olujobi led NC A&T with 15 points on 6 of 7 shooting while Davaris McGowens came 2nd with 14 points as the only other Aggie to score in double figures in the win. Denzel Keyes added 8 points and a team-high 12 rebounds while Kameron Langley dished out a team-high 6 assists in the winning effort. Olujobi leads the Aggies with an average of 16.4 points and 7.6 rebounds while Langley leads North Carolina A&T with 5 assists per game this season. As a team, North Carolina A&T is scoring 75.5 points per game on 46.4% shooting from the field, 29.5% from behind the 3-point line and 71.6% from the foul line this season.
Norfolk State is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall. North Carolina A&T is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 conference matchups and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 conference matchups.
I’m a tad bit surprised to see the Spartans as a favorite here. Sure, The Aggies barely got by the last place team in the tournament, but North Carolina A&T is the better team here and already beat the Spartans in the lone meeting this season, so I’ll take the free bucket with the Aggies here.