North Carolina Central vs. Delaware State MEAC Tournament Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Wednesday, March 8, 2023
The MEAC conference tournament continues Wednesday as the No. 2 seed North Carolina Central Eagles (17-11, 10-4 MEAC) face off against the No. 7 seed Delaware State Hornets (6-23, 4-10 MEAC) at Norfolk Scope, tipping off at 8:30 PM on ESPN+. North Carolina Central is an 11.5-point favorite to move one step closer to an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament bracket. The point total is 133.5 for the matchup.
North Carolina Central vs. Delaware State Odds
- North Carolina Central odds to win: -715
- Delaware State odds to win: +493
- Spread: North Carolina Central (-11.5)
- Total: 133.5
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Game Time and Information
- Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2023
- Time: 8:30 PM ET
- TV: ESPN+
- Where: Norfolk, Virginia
- Venue: Norfolk Scope
Who Will Win North Carolina Central vs. Delaware State?
North Carolina Central and Delaware State Betting Trends, Records Against the Spread
North Carolina Central has a 2-1 record against the spread in games it was favored by 11.5 points or more this season.
When it has played as at least a 11.5-point underdog this year, Delaware State is 5-8 against the spread.
These teams average 140.3 points per game combined, 6.8 more than the over/under of 133.5.
Opponents of the two teams average a combined 7.4 more points per game (140.9) than this game’s total of 133.5 points.
The average over/under North Carolina Central has had in its games this season is 7.9 more points than this particular game’s point total.
The average total for Hornets games this year is 6.4 more points than the point total of 133.5 for this outing.
The Eagles have gone 14-8-2 ATS this season.
The Hornets’ ATS record is 14-13-1 this season.
North Carolina Central Stats & Insights
North Carolina Central averages 75.5 points per game (88th in college basketball) while allowing 65.9 per outing (60th in college basketball). It has a +268 scoring differential overall and outscores opponents by 9.6 points per game.
North Carolina Central wins the rebound battle by 4.3 boards on average. It records 32.6 rebounds per game, which ranks 121st in college basketball, while its opponents pull down 28.3 per outing.
The Eagles connect on 7 three-pointers per game (222nd in college basketball) at a 35.2% rate (123rd in college basketball), compared to the 6.3 their opponents make while shooting 30.6% from beyond the arc.
North Carolina Central ranks 148th in college basketball by averaging 94.9 points per 100 possessions on offense, and defensively is 11th in college basketball, allowing 82.9 points per 100 possessions.
The Eagles are posting 82.4 points per game this season at home, which is 13.8 more points than they’re averaging away from home (68.6).
Delaware State Stats & Insights
Delaware State’s -296 scoring differential (being outscored by 10.2 points per game) is a result of putting up 64.8 points per game (336th in college basketball) while giving up 75 per outing (314th in college basketball).
Delaware State is 202nd in the nation at 31.4 rebounds per game. That’s similar to the 31.9 its opponents average.
Delaware State hits 5.7 three-pointers per game (332nd in college basketball), 3.6 fewer than its opponents. It is shooting 31.9% from beyond the arc (307th in college basketball) and its opponents are shooting 39.9%.
Delaware State averages 83 points per 100 possessions on offense (355th in college basketball), and concedes 96.1 points per 100 possessions (302nd in college basketball).
The Hornets are scoring more points at home (67.5 per game) than on the road (62.8).
North Carolina Central Key Players to Watch
The Eagles scoring leader is Justin Wright, who averages 16 per contest to go with five rebounds and 2.1 assists.
Kris Monroe is North Carolina Central’s leading rebounder, grabbing 5.6 per game, while Eric Boone is its best passer, averaging 5.3 assists in each contest.
Monroe makes more threes per game than any other member of the Eagles, knocking down shots from beyond the arc at a clip of 1.5 per contest.
Boone and Brendan Medley-Bacon lead North Carolina Central on the defensive end, with Boone leading the team in steals averaging 2.3 per game and Medley-Bacon in blocks averaging two per contest.
Delaware State Key Players to Watch
Martez Robinson sits on top of the Hornets leaderboards for scoring and rebounding with 11.8 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.
Corey Perkins’ assist statline leads Delaware State; he racks up 3.9 assists per game.
O’Koye Parker makes 1.5 three-pointers per game, the most on the Hornets.
Robinson (1.6 steals per game) is the steal leader for Delaware State while Raymond Somerville (1.2 blocks per game) is the block leader.
North Carolina Central vs. Delaware State Prediction
- Pick ATS:
North Carolina Central (-11.5)
- Pick OU:
North Carolina Central 75, Delaware State 63
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