North Carolina A&T vs. North Carolina Central - 2/17/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

North Carolina A&T vs. North Carolina Central - 2/17/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

North Carolina Central Eagles (12-12) at North Carolina A&T Aggies (12-14)

College Basketball: Monday, February 17, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Corbett Sports Center)

The Line: North Carolina A&T Aggies -1.5 -- Over/Under: 133.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The North Carolina Central Eagles will travel to the Corbett Sports Center to take on the North Carolina A&T Aggies this Monday night in College Basketball action.

The North Carolina Central Eagles won their 5th straight game and improved to 12-12 (8-2 MEAC) on the season after defeating the Morgan State Bears, 58-57, this past Monday. In a tight back-and-forth game, North Carolina Central was able to pick up the road victory after Jibri Blunt hit a game-winning shot for the Eagles with just 2.2 seconds left in regulation. North Carolina Central shot 41.7% from the field and forced Morgan State into committing 16 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Eagles was Jibri Blount who had 20 points, 9 rebounds, and an assist.

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On the season, North Carolina Central is averaging 67.3 ppg on 45.5% shooting from the field. The Eagles are averaging 5.7 three-pointers per game on 30.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Eagles was Jibri Blount (19.3 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.7 apg, 2.2 spg), C.J. Keyser (9.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.1 apg), and Jordan Perkins (6.9 rpg, 2.8 rpg, 4.8 apg, 1.3 spg).

Defensively, North Carolina Central is holding their opponents to an average of 64.3 ppg on 41.3% shooting from the field. The Eagles have a rebound margin of -1.8 and a turnover margin of 2.5.

The North Carolina A&T Aggies lost their 2nd straight game and improved to 12-14 (8-3 MEAC) on the season after being defeated by the Florida A&M Rattlers, 79-60, this past Monday. North Carolina A&T led by a 31-25 at halftime, however, struggled on both ends of the court in the 2nd half which allowed the Rattlers to easily fight back and pull away for the victory. North Carolina A&T shot 47.9% from the field, however, did commit 20 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Aggies was Ronald Jackson who had 14 points, 5 rebounds, and a steal.

On the season, North Carolina A&T is averaging 70.7 ppg on 41.8% shooting from the field. The Aggies are averaging 5.7 three-pointers per game on 29.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, North Carolina A&T has been led by Ronald Jackson (14.0 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 1.4 spg), Andre Jackson (9.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.7 apg), and Kameron Langley (9.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 6.9 apg, 2.0 spg).

Defensively, North Carolina A&T is allowing their opponents to average 72.6 ppg on 41.2% shooting from the field. The Aggies have a rebound margin of -2.2 and a turnover margin of 0.6.

The Eagles are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games and are 12-9 ATS on the season. The Aggies are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 home games.

North Carolina Central comes into this game ranked 283rd in scoring offense, 49th in scoring defense, and 91st in defensive FG%.

North Carolina A&T comes into this game ranked T-194th in scoring offense, 268th in scoring defense, and 85th in defensive FG%.

North Carolina Central is the better overall team, however, the Eagles haven’t been great on the road this season, as even with their recent two road wins, North Carolina Center is just 4-8 on the road. North Carolina A&T is an impressive 8-1 at home this season which includes wins over Florida A&M and Norfolk State, and I think the Aggies do enough to cover this small home spread.

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Brett’s Pick North Carolina A&T Aggies -1.5

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