The Alabama A&M Bulldogs and Norfolk State Spartans meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Forbes Arena. The Alabama A&M Bulldogs look for their first win. The Norfolk State Spartans look for their fourth win.
The Alabama A&M Bulldogs are averaging 72 points on 41.6 percent shooting and allowing 85 points on 46.4 percent shooting. Garrett Hicks is averaging 17.3 points and 2.3 rebounds, while Dailin Smith is averaging 13 points and 2.7 rebounds. Cameron Tucker is dishing 2.3 assists and Messiah Thompson is grabbing 1.7 rebounds. The Alabama A&M Bulldogs are shooting 33.8 percent from beyond the arc and 54.5 percent from the free throw line. The Alabama A&M Bulldogs are allowing 37.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 28.3 rebounds per game.
The Norfolk State Spartans are averaging 77.2 points on 48.2 percent shooting and allowing 70 points on 40.2 percent shooting. Joe Bryant Jr. is averaging 15.8 points and 3.6 rebounds, while Kris Bankston is averaging 13.6 points and 8 rebounds. Christian Ings is the third double-digit scorer and Cahiem Brown is grabbing 3.4 rebounds. The Norfolk State Spartans are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 64.1 percent from the free throw line. The Norfolk State Spartans are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.4 rebounds per game.
The Bulldogs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Spartans are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games and 10-3-1 ATS in their last 14 neutral site games. The over is 9-3 in Bulldogs last 12 overall. The under is 5-1 in Spartans last 6 overall.
The Norfolk State Spartans aren't world beaters, but they've been solid at both ends of the floor through 5 games, and that includes putting up a fight against Baylor. The Alabama A&M Bulldogs have been horrible defensively through 3 efforts, and they haven't shown much offensive depth either. While the sample sizes are still small, it's fair to say Norfolk State is the clear better team here. I'll lay the chalk.