Bethune-Cookman vs. North Carolina Central - 3/2/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (15-13) at North Carolina Central Eagles (15-13)
College Basketball: Monday, March 2, 2020 at 7:30 pm (McDougald-McLendon Gymnasium)
The Line: North Carolina Central Eagles -4.5 -- Over/Under: 136.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (15-13, 9-5 CONF) and the NC Central Eagles (15-13, 11-3 CONF) will meet on Monday, March 2nd for a MEAC matchup at the McDougald-McLendon Arena in Durham, NC. The game will be played at 7:30 PM eastern time.
Bethune-Cookman is coming off a 78-55 home win over Norfolk State in their last game. Bethune-Cookman has now won three straight games in conference play, and four of their last five overall. NC Central is coming off an 83-82 double-overtime road win over South Carolina State in their last game. NC Central has also won three in a row, and four of their last five as well. This should be a great game between two of the best teams in the MEAC.
Bethune-Cookman scores 75.0 points per game on 42.5 percent field goal shooting this season. Bethune-Cookman’s leading scorer is G Isaiah Bailey, who scores 15.6 points per game. The leading rebounder for Bethune-Cookman is F Cletrell Pope, who earns 11.9 rebounds per game. Bethune-Cookman allows 72.4 points per game to the opposition, therefore they have a +2.6 scoring differential so far this season. Bethune-Cookman also earns 39.1 rebounds, 12.0 assists, 2.9 blocks, and 7.1 steals per game as a team.
NC Central scores 68.3 points per game on 45.7 percent field goal shooting this season. NC Central’s leading scorer and rebounder is F Jibri Blount, who scores 19.3 points per game and earns 9.1 rebounds per game. NC Central allows 65.1 points per game to the opposition, thus they have a +3.2 scoring differential so far this season. NC Central also earns 33.6 rebounds, 13.4 assists, 2.9 blocks, and 8.6 steals per game as a team.
Bethune-Cookman is 12-13 against the spread this season and 4-6 against the spread in their last ten games. Bethune-Cookman is also 6-10 against the spread on the road so far this season. NC Central is 14-11 against the spread this season and 7-3 against the spread in their last ten games. NC Central is also a perfect 7-0 against the spread at home so far this season.
This is what I like to call, the battle of the MEAC. Two of the conferences best teams will play in a big regular-season game when it comes to seeding for the MEAC conference tourney. NC Central dominated Bethune-Cookman on the road in the first meeting this season, and with a 7-0 against the spread record at home this season, I have to take them in this spot. NC Central -4.5 for me.