Norfolk State Spartans vs Baylor Bears 3-17-22

Norfolk State Spartans vs Baylor Bears 3/17/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

Norfolk State Spartans vs Baylor Bears 3/17/2022 Picks Predictions Previews


The #16 Norfolk State Spartans will go against the #1 Baylor Bears in a Men’s Basketball Championship – East Region – 1st Round clash in Dickies Arena, TX, on Thursday, March 17, 2022, at 2:00 PM ET.


The Spartans had a tremendous season, cruising through the MEAC to post the highest winning percentage of any year in team history, and they’ll now try to win their first NCAA Tournament game since the famed 15 over 2 upset of Missouri in 2012.


Norfolk State dominated Coppin State in the conference championship game last weekend, winning by a score of 16-2 and 12-2 in the first 12 minutes of the second half.


Jalen Hawkins had 17 points, five boards, two steals, and two blocks to lead the Spartans. Joe Bryant Jr. topped the Spartans with 23 points on 5/9 shooting from three-point range. Norfolk State excelled on defense, forcing Coppin State to a 35% field-goal percentage, including a dismal 5/35 from the three-point range.


The Spartans are 17-9-1 against the spread and covered four of their last five games, including easy victories over quality MEAC opponents Morgan State and Howard.


  • The University of Norfolk State Spartans is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 matches.
  • The total went UNDER in 5 of Norfolk State’s last 6 matches.
  • Norfolk State is 1-6 SU in their last 7 matches in the Big 12 Conference.

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Norfolk State Spartans vs Baylor Bears Predictions 3/17/2022


The Bears overcame a slew of injuries this season to win a one seed and a share of the Big 12 regular-season crown but were knocked out of the conference tournament in the first round by a shocking loss to Oklahoma last Thursday.


Early in the second half, Baylor led 35-29 until Oklahoma grabbed control with a 12-2 run. The Sooners then tightened up defensively in the final three minutes to seal the victory.


With 16 points and 3 steals, James Akinjo topped the Bears, while Jeremy Sochan added 13 points and 9 rebounds off the bench. The Baylor offense shot 38.5 percent from the field, including 3/22 from the three-point range, on the night.


Baylor is 16-14-2 against the spread after missing to cover in its previous two games, and it was also pushed as a large favorite at home by Iowa State to conclude the regular season.


  • The University of Baylor Bears is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 matches.
  • Baylor is 4-1 SU in their last 5 matches this season.
  • The Bears are 10-0 SU in their last 10 matches in the Mid-Eastern Conference.

#16 Norfolk State Spartans vs #1 Baylor Bears. The NCAAB pick for this game is the #16 Norfolk State Spartans. The Spartans are unlikely to cause a major upset in this game, but they have extremely decent metrics for a 16 seed and are excellent against the spread all season.


Baylor is without its leading scorer Cryer as well as a crucial defender in Tchamwa Tchatchoua, and Norfolk State’s defense will keep the Bears in the game long enough to cover this large number.


With Baylor’s limited rotation leaning so heavily on the top six, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Bears let off the pedal a little earlier than usual, especially with a potentially dangerous matchup against North Carolina or Marquette looming two days later.


This isn’t the same Baylor team that annihilated opponents in non-conference play, and the Spartans have the defense to keep them under 20 points. The #16 Norfolk State Spartans will cover the spread but the Baylor Bears will take the game predicted to a score 78-65. 


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NCAAB Starting Time: 2:00 PM (EDT)


Location: Dickies Arena, TX


Date: Thursday, March 17, 2022




NCAAB Odds: Norfolk State +21


NCAAB Totals: 137.5


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