Norfolk State at Baylor - 3/17/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Norfolk State at Baylor - 3/17/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Chris Jones-USA TODAY Sports

Baylor Bears (26-6) vs Norfolk State Spartans (24-6)

Game Info: Thursday, March 17, 2022 at 2:00 pm (Dickies Arena)

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The Baylor Bears will play the Norfolk State Spartans in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday.

The Baylor Bears are 26-6 (14-4) this season and have won five of their last six games. Baylor is coming off of a loss to Oklahoma by a score of 72-67 in the Quarterfinals of the Big 12 Tournament. Baylor allowed Oklahoma to shoot 51% from the field and gave up 11 made three pointers in the loss. Jeremy Sochan led the Bears with 13 points and 9 rebounds in the game. Baylor is averaging 76.5 points per game and is giving up 63.6 points per game against, while also averaging 37.1 rebounds per game and 15.8 assists per game. James Akinjo is averaging 13.4 points per game and 5.7 assists per game, while Adam Flagler is averaging 13.4 points per game and 3.1 assists per game for the Bears. Baylor is shooting 46.4% on field goals, 69.8% on free throws, and 34.6% on three pointers.

The Norfolk State Spartans are 24-6 (12-2) this season and have won six games in a row. Norfolk State defeated Coppin State by a score of 72-57 in the MEAC Tournament Final. Norfolk State shot 48% from the field and made 11 three pointers in the win. Joe Bryant Jr. led the Spartans with 23 points and 4 rebounds in the game. Norfolk State is averaging 75.1 points per game and is giving up 63.7 points per game against, while also averaging 38.8 rebounds per game and 12.6 assists per game. Joe Bryant Jr. is averaging 16.8 points per game and 5.1 rebounds per game, while Jalen Hawkins is averaging 13.4 points per game and 3.8 rebounds per game for the Spartans. Norfolk State is shooting 46.6% on field goals, 69.8% on free throws, and 34.8% on three pointers.

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Norfolk State is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games. The under is 19-7 in Norfolk State’s last 26 neutral site games. Baylor is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 NCAA Tournament games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games. The over is 4-0 in Baylor’s last 4 Thursday games.

Baylor has the clear advantage in this game and should win easily. Norfolk State has a pretty good offense and rebounds the ball well, but Baylor’s defense will give the Spartans some issues. I like Baylor to win, but I am taking the points with Norfolk State.

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David’s Pick Norfolk State +20.5

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