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North Carolina Central vs. Texas Southern - 3/14/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Texas Southern Tigers (15-19) at North Carolina Central Eagles (19-15)

College Basketball: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 6:40 pm (UD Arena)

The Line: North Carolina Central Eagles +5 -- Over/Under: 146.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Texas Southern Tigers and North Carolina Central Eagles meet Wednesday in the college basketball First Four at the University of Dayton Arena.

The Texas Southern Tigers enter this tournament on an impressive seven-game winning streak after winning the Southwestern Tournament. The Texas Southern Tigers are averaging 77.6 points on 44.1 percent shooting and allowing 79.7 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Demontrae Jefferson is averaging 23.4 points and 4.5 assists while Donte Clark is averaging 18.6 points and 5.3 rebounds. Derrick Bruce is the third double-digit scorer and Trayvon Reed is grabbing 8.8 rebounds. The Texas Southern Tigers are shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc and 71.9 percent from the free throw line. The Texas Southern Tigers are allowing 37.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.8 rebounds per game. The Texas Southern Tigers are 2-0 SU on neutral site games this season.

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North Carolina Central vs. Texas Southern - 3/14/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The North Carolina Central Eagles enter this tournament on a five-game winning streak after winning the MEAC Tournament. The North Carolina Central Eagles are averaging 70.4 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 70.7 points on 42.4 percent shooting. Raasean Davis is averaging 15 points and eight rebounds while Pablo Rivas is averaging 11.8 points and one assist. Jordan Perkins is dishing 5.4 assists and Larry McKnight Jr. is grabbing 2.4 rebounds. The North Carolina Central Eagles are shooting 33.2 percent from beyond the arc and 68.2 percent from the free throw line. The North Carolina Central Eagles are allowing 33.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.8 rebounds per game. The North Carolina Central Eagles are 4-0 SU on neutral site games this season.

The Tigers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Eagles are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The under is 26-10-1 in Eagles last 37 overall and the over is 4-1 in Tigers last 5 overall.

The Texas Southern Tigers tested themselves more than any other small school in the country, as they began the season with road games against Gonzaga, Ohio State, Syracuse, Kansas, Clemson, Oregon, Baylor, TCU and BYU. There's nothing that's going to scare Texas Southern at this point, and all of those losses by playing the best of the best can fool you when you look at the overall season starts. In their last five games, the Texas Southern Tigers are outscoring teams by 10 points and shooting 46.7 percent from the field. The North Carolina Central Eagles kind of came out of nowhere and their won their conference tournament, as this was a subpar team pretty much all season long and the defensive issues can be real at times. I think loading up on out of conference games against big boys is going to pay off here. Give me Texas Southern and the reasonable line.

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