Norfolk State vs. Howard Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Thursday, March 2, 2023
The Howard Bison (18-12, 10-3 MEAC) are just 2-point underdogs as they try to continue a seven-game home win streak when they square off against the Norfolk State Spartans (20-9, 9-4 MEAC) on Thursday, March 2, 2023 at Burr Gymnasium. The contest airs at 9:00 PM ET on ESPNU. The point total is set at 148.5 for the matchup.
Norfolk State vs. Howard Odds
- Norfolk State odds to win: -131
- Howard odds to win: +110
- Spread: Norfolk State (-2)
- Total: 148.5
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Game Time and Information
- Date: Thursday, March 2, 2023
- Time: 9:00 PM ET
- TV: ESPNU
- Where: Washington D.C.
- Venue: Burr Gymnasium
Who Will Win Norfolk State vs. Howard?
Norfolk State and Howard Betting Trends, Records Against the Spread
In games this season it was favored by 2 points or more, Norfolk State has a 9-7-1 record against the spread.
In games it has played as at least a 2-point underdog this season, Howard is 7-6 against the spread.
The Spartans and Bison average 3.2 more points between them than the total of 148.5 for this game.
Opponents of these teams have averaged a combined 142.2 points per game, 6.3 fewer than the over/under for this matchup.
The average point total in Norfolk State’s games this year is 3.1 fewer points than the total of 148.5 in this matchup.
The average point total for the Bison this season is equal to this game’s over/under.
The Spartans are 13-10-1 against the spread this season.
The Bison’s ATS record is 14-13-0 this year.
Norfolk State Stats & Insights
Norfolk State’s +234 scoring differential (outscoring opponents by 8.0 points per game) is a result of scoring 76.7 points per game (60th in college basketball) while giving up 68.7 per outing (136th in college basketball).
Norfolk State averages 32.9 rebounds per game (112th in college basketball) while allowing 28.2 per contest to its opponents. It outrebounds opponents by 4.7 boards per game.
The Spartans connect on 7.2 three-pointers per game (206th in college basketball), 1.9 fewer than their opponents (9.1). They are shooting 34.5% from deep (173rd in college basketball) while allowing opponents to shoot 34.4%.
Norfolk State’s 99.4 points per 100 possessions on offense rank 46th in college basketball, and the 88.9 points it allows per 100 possessions rank 113th in college basketball.
The Spartans put up 82.0 points per game when playing at home, compared to 70.8 points per game away from home, a difference of 11.2 points per contest.
Howard Stats & Insights
Howard has a +44 scoring differential, topping opponents by 1.5 points per game. It is putting up 75.0 points per game, 106th in college basketball, and is allowing 73.5 per outing to rank 282nd in college basketball.
Howard averages 32.0 rebounds per game (163rd in college basketball) while conceding 29.0 per outing to opponents. It outrebounds opponents by 3.0 boards per game.
Howard connects on 7.9 three-pointers per game (120th in college basketball) compared to its opponents’ 7.5. It shoots 37.4% from deep, and its opponents shoot 35.1%.
Howard averages 92.4 points per 100 possessions on offense (216th in college basketball), and concedes 90.6 points per 100 possessions (156th in college basketball).
At home, the Bison average 82.6 points per game. Away, they score 69.1.
Norfolk State Key Players to Watch
The Spartans leader in points and assists is Joe Bryant Jr., who scores 17.6 points per game along with 3.4 assists.
Kris Bankston leads Norfolk State in rebounding, pulling down 7.2 rebounds per game while also scoring 14.2 points a contest.
Bryant leads the Spartans in three-point shooting, making an average of 2.3 shots per game from beyond the arc.
The Norfolk State steals leader is Bryant, who averages 1.7 takeaways per game, while its blocks leader is Bankston, who compiles 1.7 rejections per contest.
Howard Key Players to Watch
The Bison’s Elijah Hawkins averages enough points (13.6 per game) and assists (6.0 per game) to sit atop the squad’s leaderboards.
William Settle’s stat line of 6.0 rebounds, 11.3 points and 1.1 assists per game helps him grab the top spot on the Howard rebounding leaderboard.
Marcus Dockery averages 2.1 three-pointers per game, the most on the Bison.
Howard’s leader in steals is Hawkins with 1.8 per game, and its leader in blocks is Settle with 0.7 per game.
Norfolk State vs. Howard Prediction
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Norfolk State 74, Howard 73
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