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Howard vs. North Carolina Central - 2/18/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
North Carolina Central at Howard
Date & Time Monday February 18, 2019, 7:30 PM (EST)
Location
Burr Gymnasium
Washington, D.C.
The Line
The Line: Howard -2.5 -- Over/Under: 144.5
TV Channel
https://hubison.com/watch/?Live=67&type=Live
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NCAA BB | North Carolina Central at Howard
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The North Carolina Central Eagles and Howard Bison meet Monday in college basketball action at the Burr Gymnasium.

The North Carolina Central Eagles could use a win after splitting their last eight games. The North Carolina Central Eagles are averaging 71.7 points on 45.5 percent shooting and allowing 66.4 points on 43.3 percent shooting. Raasean Davis is averaging 15.2 points and 9.3 rebounds while Larry McKnight Jr. is averaging 10 points and one assist. Zacarry Douglas is dishing 1.3 assists and Jibri Blount is grabbing 4.5 rebounds. The North Carolina Central Eagles are shooting 31 percent from beyond the arc and 71.3 percent from the free throw line. The North Carolina Central Eagles are allowing 31.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.5 rebounds per game. The North Carolina Central Eagles have split their last six road games.

The Howard Bison also could a win after splitting their last 12 games. The Howard Bison are averaging 78.7 points on 42.6 percent shooting and allowing 77.8 points on 43.5 percent shooting. RJ Cole is averaging 21.1 points and 3.7 rebounds while Charles Williams is averaging 18.5 points and 2.8 rebounds. Chad Lott is the third double-digit scorer and Raymond Bethea Jr. is grabbing 1.2 rebounds. The Howard Bison are shooting 34.9 percent from beyond the arc and 71.5 percent from the free throw line. The Howard Bison are allowing 34.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.8 rebounds per game. The Howard Bison have lost six of their last eight home games.

The Eagles are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss, 15-6-1 ATS in their last 22 vs. Mid-Eastern Athletic and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Bison are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 home games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Monday games and 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The over is 12-2 in Bison last 14 home games. The over is 4-0 in Eagles last 4 overall.

The North Carolina Central Eagles have had issues defensively on the road this season and are losing road games by an average of 8.7 points. The Howard Bison haven't been great at home, which includes losses in six of their last eight games and a 2-8 ATS record. Still, neither of these teams are that consistent and you're not being asked to lay much. I'll lay the bucket with the home team if forced to pick this contest.

Pick:
Howard -2.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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