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Savannah State vs. North Carolina Central - 1/28/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
North Carolina Central at Savannah State
Date & Time Monday January 28, 2019, 7:30 PM (EST)
Location
Tiger Arena
Savannah, GA
The Line
Savannah State Tigers +2.5 -- Over/Under: 155
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The North Carolina Central Eagles and the Savannah State Tigers meet in MEAC conference college basketball action from the Tiger Arena on Monday night.

The North Carolina Central Eagles will look to rebound after suffering a 51-48 loss to North Carolina A&T in their last outing. Randy Miller Jr. led the Eagles with 21 points on 8 of 17 shooting with 3 threes along with 7 rebounds while Raasean Davis added 12 points along with a team-high 15 rebounds and a pair of blocks as the only other NC Central player to score in double figures in the loss. Jordan Perkins dished out a team-high 7 assists while Jibri Blount added 6 points and a team-high 4 steals. Davis leads the Eagles with an average of 15.4 points and 9.3 rebounds per game while Julian Walters leads NC Central in assists with 2.8 assists per game this season. As a team, NC Central is averaging 71.3 points per game on 46.3% shooting from the field, 31.9% from behind the arc and 72.4% from the foul line this season.

The Savannah State Tigers come into this game looking to build on a 92-88 win over South Carolina State in their last outing. Zach Sellers led the Tigers with 29 points on 10 of 16 shooting with a pair of threes and a 7 of 7 mark from the foul line. Zaquavian Smith came 2nd with 20 points on 8 of 14 shooting with 4 threes while Collins Joseph added 10 points to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Savannah State in the win. Tyrell Harper added 6 points and team-highs of 8 rebounds, 5 assists and a pair of steals. Sellers leads Savannah State with an average of 12.8 points and 4.8 assists per game while Harper leads the Tigers in rebounding with 6.7 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Savannah State is averaging 77.2 points per game on 38.5% shooting from the field, 28.4% from behind the arc and 65.4% from the foul line this season.

North Carolina Central is 12-4 ATS in their last 16 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a loss while the under is 20-8-1 in their last 29 conference games. Savannah State is 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 home games while the under is 4-1-1 in their last 6 conference games.

Savannah State as a home dog is tempting considering that the Tigers have been performing well ATS as of late. However, the Tigers haven't been the most reliable team to back on their home floor, while the Eagles will be eager to get back to .500 and have a good chance to get one step closer given their form on the road dating back to last season. I'll lay the bucket with the Eagles on the road here.

Pick:
NC Central -2.5

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