North Carolina Central vs. North Carolina A&T - 3/5/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

North Carolina Central vs. North Carolina A&T - 3/5/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

North Carolina A&T Aggies (16-14) at North Carolina Central Eagles (16-13)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 7:00 pm (McDougald-McLendon Gymnasium)

The Line: North Carolina Central Eagles -5 -- Over/Under: 130.5

TV: ESPNU

The North Carolina A&T Aggies and the NC-Central Eagles meet in MEAC college basketball action from the McDougald-McLendon Arena on Thursday night.

The North Carolina A&T Aggies will look to hoist the MEAC regular season crown, sitting at 12-3 in conference play after a 4th straight win in the form of a 76-65 win over South Carolina State last time out. Ronald Jackson leads the Aggies in scoring and rebounding with 14.9 PPG and 10.2 RPG while Kameron Langley is 2nd in scoring and the Aggies’ leading assist man with 9.4 PPG and 7.6 APG this season. As a team, North Carolina A&T is averaging 71.5 points on 42.8% shooting from the field, 30.1% from 3-point range and 60.1% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 71.4 points on 41.2% shooting from the field and 29% from 3-point range this season. North Carolina A&T is 4-11 straight up and 6-9 against the spread on the road this season.

The NC-Central Eagles will try to lift the trophy at home, also sitting at 12-3 in conference play after a 4th straight win in the form of a 71-68 win over Bethune-Cookman last time out. Jibri Blount leads the Eagles in scoring and rebounding with 19.2 PPG and 9.1 RPG while C.J. Keyser has 10.5 PPG and Jordan Perkins has 4.7 APG this season. As a team, NC-Central is averaging 68.4 points on 45.7% shooting from the field, 30% from 3-point range and 64.5% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 65.2 points on 41.7% shooting from the field and 30.7% from 3-point range this season. NC-Central is 11-0 straight up and 7-1 against the spread at home this season.

Laying a reasonable number of points with an NC-Central team that’s been pretty much money at home is tempting, but even 5 points is hard for me to leave on the table when the conference regular season title is on the line. I think this game is a battle and a war throughout and would not be surprised in the slightest if it comes down to the wire and is decided on the last shot of the game. I’ll take the Aggies and the points in this one.

Chris’s Pick North Carolina A&T +5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.