Bethune-Cookman vs. Norfolk State - 2/24/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Bethune-Cookman vs. Norfolk State - 2/24/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Norfolk State Spartans (13-14) at Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (14-13)

College Basketball: Monday, February 24, 2020 at 7:30 pm (Moore Gym)

The Line: Bethune-Cookman Wildcats +1 -- Over/Under: 141 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Norfolk State Spartans will travel to Moore Gymnasium in Daytona Beach, FL to take on the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats this Monday in a MEAC showdown, tipping off at 7:30 EST.

The Norfolk State Spartans lost their last game and dropped to 13-14 (9-3 MEAC) on the season after being defeated by the Florida A&M Rattlers, 66-63, this past Saturday.  Norfolk State trailed 37-19 at the half and tried to mount a comeback in the second half, outscoring Florida A&M 44-29, but ultimately fell just short. The Spartans shot 41.2% from the field and 21.7% from three-point range.  Joe Bryant Jr. led the way for Norfolk State with 15 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals off the bench.

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On the season, Norfolk State is averaging 70.2 points per game on 42.2% shooting from the field.  The Spartans are also averaging 7.7 three-pointers on 32.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Jermaine Bishop (14.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.1 apg), Joe Bryant Jr. (12.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.0 apg) and Steven Whitley (10.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 3.2 apg) have been the offensive leaders for Norfolk State this season.

Defensively, Norfolk State is holding their opponents to 64.4 points per game on 40.1% shooting from the field.  The Spartans are grabbing 7.7 steals per game and have a turnover margin of 1.6 on the season.

The Bethune-Cookman Wildcats have won two games in a row and improved to 14-13 (8-5 MEAC) on the season after beating the South Carolina State Bulldogs, 69-65, this past Saturday.  Bethune-Cookman held a 29-28 lead at the half but needed overtime to seal the victory. In the extra period, the Wildcats finally went up for good 65-62 with 0:25 remaining in OT. Bethune-Cookman shot 31.3% from the field and just 12.5% from three-point range.  Cletrell Pope was the top-performer for the Wildcats, logging a double-double with 14 points, 15 rebounds, 2 blocks, 2 steals and an assist.

On the season, Bethune-Cookman is averaging 74.9 points per game on 42.4% shooting from the field.  The Wildcats are also netting 6.1 three-pointers per game on 31.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Isaiah Bailey (15.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.4 apg) and Cletrell Pope (14.1 ppg, 11.8 rpg, 1.2 bpg) have been the leaders on offense this season for Bethune-Cookman.

Defensively, Bethune-Cookman is allowing their opponents to average 73.0 points per game on 43.2% shooting from the field.  The Wildcats are grabbing 7.3 steals per game and have a turnover margin of -0.5 on the season.

Norfolk State is 2-4 against the spread in their last 6 games and 6-7 against the spread on the road this season.  Bethune-Cookman is 3-6 against the spread in their last 9 games and 4-1 against the spread in their last 5 games played on Mondays.

Norfolk State comes into this matchup with the 49th ranked scoring defense.  The Spartans rank 44th in opponent FG% as well. Bethune-Cookman currently ranks 82nd in college basketball in scoring offense and 85th in the country in steals per game.

Bethune-Cookman lost by 13 on the road in the first matchup with Norfolk State back in January but the Wildcats have been playing better as of late, winning four of their past five games and three straight home games.  The Spartans have lost their last three road games. I think Bethune-Cookman’s offense will show up at home and they will be able to ride that to a victory. I’m taking Bethune-Cookman to cover at home in this one.

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David’s Pick Bethune-Cookman +1

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