The Norfolk State Spartans and Howard Bison meet Saturday in the college basketball MEAC Tournament Final at the Norfolk Scope Arena. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The Norfolk State Spartans are averaging 76.4 points on 47.8 percent shooting and allowing 69.3 points on 41.2 percent shooting. Joe Bryant Jr. is averaging 17.6 points and 4.2 rebounds, while Kris Bankston is averaging 14.3 points and 7.2 rebounds. Cahiem Brown is the third double-digit scorer and Christian Ings is grabbing 2.2 rebounds. The Norfolk State Spartans are shooting 34.6 percent from beyond the arc and 73.9 percent from the free throw line. The Norfolk State Spartans are allowing 35 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.9 rebounds per game.
The Howard Bison are averaging 75.4 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 73.3 points on 45.3 percent shooting. Elijah Hawkins is averaging 13.3 points and 3.5 rebounds, while Steve Settle III is averaging 10.9 points and 1.1 assists. Shy Odom is the third double-digit scorer and Marcus Dockery is dishing 1 assist. The Howard Bison are shooting 38 percent from beyond the arc and 72.2 percent from the free throw line. The Howard Bison are allowing 35.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.1 rebounds per game.
The Spartans are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games and 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Bison are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The over is 16-5 in Spartans last 21 overall. The under is 4-1 in Bison last 5 Saturday games.
The Norfolk State Spartans are going to be favored for obvious reasons, but we're getting a free bucket with a Howard team that beat the Spartans twice this season. That includes a win last week and a road win back in January. Howard is 4-1 ATS when an underdog of 5 or fewer points. This should be a fun one. I'll grab the bucket.