The Coppin State Eagles and the Norfolk State Spartans meet Monday in college basketball action from Joseph Echols Hall. Coppin State is fresh off a Saturday game versus Howard. The Eagles managed to lose by 10 points there. As for Norfolk State, they played Morgan State in their Saturday outing. In that one the Spartans powered out a blowout win. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Coppin State Eagles
Coppin State logged a 6-12 record over their first 18 games of the year. The Eagles would then hit a losing streak versus NC Central, Morgan State, Norfolk State, Howard, MD Eastern Shore, Delaware State, South Carolina State and NC Central again during their next eight games.
In the Howard matchup on Saturday, the Eagles were within four points 37-33 at the break. Coppin State didn’t end up getting any closer on a 43-37 second-half run and lost 80-70. Sam Sessoms was tops on 37 points and seven rebounds.
Norfolk State Spartans
Over on the Norfolk State side, they managed a 12-6 run to kick off the season. The Spartans went a nice 6-1 in their next seven outings with wins over Coppin State, South Carolina State, NC Central, Hampton, MD Eastern Shore and Delaware State in that time.
On Saturday in the Morgan State rematch, Norfolk State jumped out to a 35-20 halftime edge. The Spartans got even further in the second half with a 37-30 run for a 72-50 win. Kris Bankston put up 23 points with nine rebounds.
ANDREW’S FREE PICK
I’ll probably stick with Norfolk State. The line's a little too thick to mess with, though. The Spartans are currently riding a six-game win streak, and they’ve scored 72 or more points in each of those outings. These teams last met up on January 21 at Physical Education Complex in Baltimore. Norfolk State didn’t have too much trouble in that one and win 96-65 after a 49-24 halftime edge. This one may not be such a lopsided blowout, but it’s certainly advantage Norfolk State.