Norfolk State Spartans vs North Carolina Central Eagles 1-31-22

Norfolk State Spartans vs North Carolina Central Eagles 1/31/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

Norfolk State Spartans vs North Carolina Central Eagles 1/31/2022 Picks Predictions Previews


The Norfolk State Spartans (15-4) are preparing to take on the North Carolina Central Eagles (8-10) in the Mid-Eastern Conference at McDougald-McLendon Arena in Durham on Monday at 9:00 PM ET.


Norfolk State played good basketball coming to this match-up after winning 15 of their last 19 games while riding on a 6-game winning streak.


The Spartans shut down Delaware State, Howard, Maryland Eastern Shore, Coppin State, Morgan State, and the South Carolina State Bulldogs in succession. Norfolk State topped all teams at 6-0 in the MEC with a 15-4 overall standing and a 5-4 record on the road.


The Spartans’ offense dominated the Bulldogs in shooting 52.4% overall and 50.0% from the three-point region in scoring a total of 87 points while their defense held the scoring of South Carolina State to just 69 in the victory on Saturday.


Guard Joe Bryant Jr. scored 22 points with 4 assists and 3 boards in leading the offense for Norfolk State while Forward Kris Bankston grabbed 8 rebounds with 15 points for the Spartans.


Norfolk State gained an average of 76.1 PPG on 46.1% overall shooting while their defense allowed an average of 64.1 PPG to their opponents.


Guard Joe Bryant powered the offense for the Spartans with an average of 16.5 PPG on 43.8% FG and 3.0 assists per match. Forward Kris Bankston hauled down an average of 6.8 rebounds per contest for Norfolk State.


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Norfolk State Spartans vs North Carolina Central Eagles Predictions 1/31/2022


The North Carolina Central Eagles stumbled in continuing a homestand against Norfolk State with two games below .500 at 8-10 and a one-point loss to Howard in their recent stint on Saturday.


The Eagles split their last six contests with a win over Delaware State twice this year and Maryland Eastern Shore before losing to the Howard Bison. North Carolina Central took 2nd place at 2-1 behind Norfolk State in the Mid-Eastern Conference with an overall standing at 8-10 and a home record at 4-1 on the year.


The Eagles trailed a 19-point halftime lead by the Bison but made a 42-point rally after the break that forced the game into overtime. However, North Carolina Central scored only 12 points in the extended period leading to their one-point loss at 74-75.


Guard Justin Wright led in scoring with 17 points while Forward Dontavius King led in rebounding with 12 for the Eagles.


North Carolina Central has two players on double-figure average scoring led by Guard Randy Miller Jr. who averages 13.6 PPG in shooting 39.9% from the floor while Guard Justin Wright scored an average of 10.7 PPG as the next leading scorer for the Eagles. Forward Dontavius King grabbed an average of 5.5 rebounds per outing for North Carolina Central at 72.9 PPG.          


Norfolk State Spartans vs. North Carolina Central Eagles. The NCAAB Pick for this outing is Norfolk State -2.5. The Spartans are the better team in this match-up with an offense that averages 76.1 PPG and a defense that held their opponents to just 64.1 PPG. The Eagles averaged 72.9 PPG but allowed an average of 67.9 PPG. The prediction: The Norfolk State Spartans will win at 71-66.


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Norfolk State Spartans vs North Carolina Central Eagles 1/31/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

NCAAB Starting Time: 9:00 PM ET


Location: McDougald-McLendon Arena in Durham, NC


Date: Monday, January 31, 2022




NCAAB Odds/Point Spread: Norfolk State Spartans -2.5   


NCAAB Totals: 137


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