The Morgan State Bears and Norfolk State Spartans meet Friday in the college basketball MEAC Semifinal at the Norfolk Scope Arena. The Morgan State Bears look to build on their five-game winning streak. The Norfolk State Spartans look to build on their four-game winning streak.
The Morgan State Bears are averaging 75.7 points on 43.7 percent shooting and allowing 72.2 points on 43.4 percent shooting. Malik Miller is averaging 12.1 points and 8.7 rebounds, while De’Torrion Ware is averaging 10.9 points and 5 rebounds. Lagio Grantsaan is the third double-digit scorer and Keith McGee is grabbing 1.6 rebounds. The Morgan State Bears are shooting 31.5 percent from beyond the arc and 67.8 percent from the free throw line. The Morgan State Bears are allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.5 rebounds per game.
The Norfolk State Spartans are averaging 75.4 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 63.9 points on 37.4 percent shooting. Joe Bryant Jr. is averaging 16.5 points and 5.1 rebounds, while Jalen Hawkins is averaging 13 points and 3.8 rebounds. Kris Bankston is the third double-digit scorer and Christian Ings is grabbing 2.5 rebounds. The Norfolk State Spartans are shooting 34.4 percent from beyond the arc and 68.7 percent from the free throw line. The Norfolk State Spartans are allowing 29.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.1 rebounds per game.
The Bears are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Spartans are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 Friday games and 21-10-1 ATS in their last 32 games overall. The under is 5-2-1 in Bears last 8 overall. The over is 5-2 in Spartans last 7 overall. The underdog is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings.
Give the Morgan State Bears credit for getting to this point, but this is where they run out of gas. The Norfolk State Spartans have comfortably been the better team this season, and they win by an average of 11.4 points in the favorite role. This is also pretty much a home game for Norfolk State, and the Spartans win by an average of 26.3 points at home. This line is more than reasonable. Give me Norfolk State to advance to the final.