North Carolina Central vs. Bethune-Cookman - 3/2/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

North Carolina Central vs. Bethune-Cookman - 3/2/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (15-13) at North Carolina Central Eagles (15-13)

College Basketball: Monday, March 2, 2020 at 7:30 pm (McDougald-McLendon Gymnasium)

The Line: North Carolina Central Eagles -4.5 -- Over/Under: 138 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Bethune-Cookman Wildcats and the NC Central Eagles meet in MEAC conference college basketball action from the McDougald-McLendon Arena on Monday night.

The Bethune-Cookman Wildcats will look to climb some ranks in the final week of the year, sitting in the middle of the MEAC table at 9-5 in conference play after a 3rd straight win in the form of a 78-55 win over Norfolk State last time out. Isaiah Bailey leads Bethune-Cookman in scoring with 15.6 PPG while Cletrell Pope has 14 PPG and a team-high 11.9 RPG this season. Malik Maitlan also has 9.3 PPG and 3 APG while Leon Redd has 9 PPG this season. As a team, Bethune-Cookman is averaging 75 points on 42.5% shooting from the field, 32% from 3-point range and 70.9% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 72.4 points on 42.2% shooting from the field and 28% from 3-point range this season. Bethune-Cookman is 4-12 straight up and 6-10 against the spread on the road this season.

The NC-Central Eagles will try to keep pace at the top of the MEAC, sitting at 11-3 in conference play after an 83-82 double OT win over South Carolina State last time out for their own 3rd straight win. Jibri Blount leads NC-Central in scoring and rebounding with 19.3 PPG and 9.1 RPG while C.J. Keyser has 10.3 PPG and Jordan Perkins has a team-high 4.8 APG this season. As a team, NC-Central is averaging 68.3 points on 45.7% shooting from the field, 30.6% from 3-point range and 65.4% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 65.1 points on 41.8% shooting from the field and 30.6% from 3-point range this season. NC-Central is 10-0 straight up and 7-0 against the spread at home this season.

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This has the potential to be one of the better MEAC games this evening. However, while both teams have been playing well, Bethune-Cookman has had issues converting their play to carry over on the road, while NC-Central has been rock solid at home this season. I’m a bit alarmed that the line is only 4.5, but NC-Central has just as much to play for with the MEAC regular season crown hanging in the balance. I’ll lay the points with the Eagles in this one.

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Chris’s Pick NC Central -4.5

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