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Howard vs. Norfolk State - 3/15/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Norfolk State vs. Howard
Date & Time Friday March 15, 2019, 6:00 PM (EDT)
Norfolk Scope Arena
Norfolk, Virginia
The Line
The Line: Howard +3 -- Over/Under: 157
TV Channel
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The Norfolk State Spartans and Howard Bison meet Friday in the college basketball MEAC Tournament at the Norfolk Scope Arena.

The Norfolk State Spartans look for another victory after beating South Carolina State on Wednesday. The Norfolk State Spartans are averaging 74.7 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allowing 69.7 points on 40.6 percent shooting. Nic Thomas is averaging 15.1 points and 1.7 assists while Derrik Jamerson Jr. is averaging 10.4 points and 3.9 rebounds. Mastadi Pitt is dishing 2.8 assists and Steven Whitley is dishing four assists. The Norfolk State Spartans are shooting 36.7 percent from beyond the arc and 71.9 percent from the free throw line. The Norfolk State Spartans are allowing 32.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.3 rebounds per game. The Norfolk State Spartans won their last four non-home games.

The Howard Bison look for another victory after beating Bethune-Cookman on Thursday. The Howard Bison are averaging 79.5 points on 43.4 percent shooting and allowing 78.3 points on 43.8 percent shooting. RJ Cole is averaging 21.7 points and 3.8 rebounds while Charles Williams is averaging 18.4 points and 2.6 rebounds. Chad Lott is the third double-digit scorer and Raymond Bethea Jr. is grabbing 1.2 rebounds. The Howard Bison are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 72.4 percent from the free throw line. The Howard Bison are allowing 34.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.1 rebounds per game. The Howard Bison have won their last nine non-home games.

Bison are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Friday games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Spartans are 8-20 ATS in their last 28 neutral site games, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Friday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Bison are 1-7 ATS in the last 8 meetings and the favorite is 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings. The over is 4-1 in Spartans last 5 overall. The under is 4-1 in Bison last 5 overall.

Howard was able to steal the game against Norfolk State last week in a shootout, but it's the Spartans who have won eight of the last 10 meetings overall against the Bison. The Norfolk State Spartans are 6-2 ATS this season as a single digit favorite and enter this contest allowing just 36.7 percent shooting in their last five games. While explosive offensively, Howard is going to have a hard time in this contest if it can't match the Spartans energy on the other side of the court. I'll lay the bucket with Norfolk State.

Norfolk State -3

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