North Carolina Central Eagles (1-5) at Southern Jaguars (0-5)
College Basketball: Saturday, November 24, 2018 at 10:00 am (The Arena at NW Florida St)
The Line: Southern Jaguars +4.5 -- Over/Under: 133 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The North Carolina Central Eagles & Southern Jaguars will face off at The Arena at Northwest FL in the Emerald Coast Classic this Saturday morning.
The North Carolina Central Eagles lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 1-5 on the season after being defeated by the Nicholls Colonels, 77-63, on Friday night. North Carolina Central was trailing by a 37-31 margin at halftime and couldn’t fight back after the Colonels took a 62-46 lead with just 8:55 left in regulation. North Carolina Central shot 40.0% from the field however, allowed Nicholls to shoot 50.8% from the field and 40.0% from beyond the arc. The Eagles outrebounded the Colonels by a 42-30 margin however, committed 15 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Eagles was Raasean Davis who had a double-double with 16 points, 16 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 assist, and a steal.
Coming into their game against Nicholls, North Carolina Central was averaging 69.6 ppg on 46.0% shooting from the field. The Eagles were averaging 8.4 three-pointers per game on 41.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, North Carolina Central has been led by Zacarry Douglas (12.8 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.0 spg, 1.0 bpg), Raasean Davis (12.4 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 1.0 bpg), Larry McKnight Jr. (7.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.2 apg), and Rashaan London (4.8 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 3.8 apg).
Defensively, North Carolina Central was allowing their opponents to average 70.8 ppg on 47.8% shooting from the field. The Eagles had a rebound margin of 7.2 and a turnover margin of -4.8.
The Southern Jaguars are still looking for their first win of the season as they dropped to 0-5 on the year after getting defeated by the Western Michigan Broncos, 85-70, on Friday. Southern struggled defensively agianst the Broncos and couldn’t fight back after Western Michigan took a 74-60 lead with 4:17 left in regulation. Southern shot 42.6% from the field however, allowed Western Michigan to shoot 56.9% from the field and 45.5% shooting from beyond the arc. The Jaguars were outrebounded by the Broncos by a 33-26 margin however, did commit just 8 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Jaguars was Eddie Reese who had 22 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.
Coming into their game against the Broncos, Southern was averaging 83.8 ppg on 39.5% shooting from the field. The Jaguars were averaging 3.8 three-pointers per game on 26.8% from beyond the arc. Offensively, Southern has been led by Eddie Reese (14.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.0 spg), Jayden Saddler (8.3 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.5 spg), Aaron Ray (8.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.3 apg), and Sidney Umude (5.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg).
Defensively, Southern was allowing their opponents to average 83.8 ppg on 48.7% shooting from the field. The Jaguars had a rebound margin of -8.3 and a turnover margin of -4.5.
The Eagles are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 neutral site games. The Jaguars are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games.
North Carolina Central made a great run last year as the 6-seed in the MEAC to win their conference championship and should once against be competitive as they returned 4 of 5 starters, including Raasean Davis. Southern has played some tough competition to start the season however, they are really struggling on both ends of the court as they rank 341st in scoring offense & 330th in scoring defense. The line has yet to be released however, North Carolina State is a solid team who should have a huge advantage on the boards and although I think they’ll be favored by 6-8 points, I’m initially leaning on taking the Eagles.
Update (9:55 AM) - This spread is a bit less than I expected and I'm sticking with North Carolina Central to cover. Good Luck!