Norfolk State Spartans (5-3) vs. Old Dominion Monarchs (4-4)
December 3, 2022 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Old Dominion Monarchs -6.5 / Norfolk State Spartans +6.5 ; Over/Under: -
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The Norfolk State Spartans and the Old Dominion Monarchs meet Saturday in college basketball action from Ted Constant Convocation Center. Norfolk State is 5-3 so far this year. The Spartans took a blowout loss to Houston in their last game. As for Old Dominion, they’re currently 4-4 after a loss to Charleston on Tuesday. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Norfolk State went 2-2 over their first four games this year with wins over VA Lynchburg and Cairn before losses to Baylor and UCLA. The Spartans would then win three straight over Monmouth, Alabama A&M and St. Mary’s (MD).
On Tuesday versus Houston, Norfolk State didn’t have much of a chance. The Spartans scored just 20 points in the first half and 32 more from there in a 100-52 loss. Kris Bankston led the team on 14 points with four rebounds.
Over on the Old Dominion side, they also went 2-2 in their first four games with wins over MD Eastern Shore and VA Wesleyan alongside losses to Drexel and Virginia Tech. ODU went 2-1 in the next three with wins over Furman and East Carolina.
On Tuesday versus Charleston, the Monarchs were within one point at the break. Old Dominion was outscored 43-29 from there in a 75-60 loss. Chaunce Jenkins topped the team on 17 points, and Tyree Scott-Grayson added 13 points.
PICK: I’m going to stay with Norfolk State. The Spartans have done quite well in comparable games so far this year—their only losses have come to ranked teams. Outside of that Norfolk State has scored 87 or more points in four of their five victories. As for Old Dominion, they should be able to hang around for a competitive game if they’re playing well. the Monarchs have 71 or more points in five of their eight games so far and should match up fairly well with Norfolk State. I like the Spartans better on a cover, though.