North Carolina Central vs. Howard - 2/24/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Howard Bison (2-25) at North Carolina Central Eagles (13-13)
College Basketball: Monday, February 24, 2020 at 7:30 pm (McDougald-McLendon Gymnasium)
The Line: North Carolina Central Eagles -13.5 -- Over/Under: 138.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Howard Bison (2-25, 0-12 CONF) and the NC Central Eagles (13-13, 9-3 CONF) will meet on Monday, February 24th for a MEAC matchup at the McDougald-McLendon Arena in Durham, NC. The game will be played at 7:30 PM eastern time.
Howard is coming off a 71-67 road loss to North Carolina A&T in their last game. Howard has lost fifteen straight games overall, and have lost every conference game up to date. It has been a disappointing season for this Howard team, who had bigger expectations than this. NC Central is coming off a 74-55 home win over UMES. NC Central, the favorite by many to win the MEAC in March, has won four of their last five games overall, and are six games above .500.
Howard scores 69.8 points per game on 41.9 percent field goal shooting this season. Howard’s leading scorer is G Charles Williams, who scores 18.1 points per game. The leading rebounder for Howard is F Zion Cousins, who earns 7.3 rebounds per game. Howard allows 81.6 points per game to the opposition, therefore they have a -11.8 scoring differential so far this season. Howard also earns 32.9 rebounds, 13.1 assists, 3.3 blocks, and 6.1 steals per game as a team.
NC Central scores 67.3 points per game on 45.3 percent field goal shooting this season. NC Central’s leading scorer and rebounder is F Jibri Blount, who scores 19.2 points per game and earns 9.2 rebounds per game. NC Central allows 64.6 points per game to the opposition, thus they have a +2.9 point differential so far this season. NC Central also earns 33.5 rebounds, 13.3 assists, 2.9 blocks, and 8.7 steals per game as a team.
Howard is 9-16 against the spread this season and 6-4 against the spread in their last ten games. Howard is also 5-8 against the spread on the road so far this season. NC Central is 12-11 against the spread this season and 6-4 against the spread in their last ten games. NC Central is also 5-1 against the spread at home so far this season.
In their last win over UMES, NC Central received their first loss against the spread at home this season, albeit by only a couple points. NC Central is obviously the better team, but their recent struggles to put opponents away does concern me. I would tread lightly in this game, but I still will take NC Central, as Howard has not done enough in conference play to get me to take a chance on them.