Norfolk State vs Howard Prediction - Basketball Picks 3/11/23
Howard Bison (21-12) vs Norfolk State Spartans (22-10)
Game Info: Saturday, March 11, 2023 at 1:00 pm (Norfolk Scope Arena)
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The Norfolk State Spartans will play the Howard Bison in the Championship Game of the MEAC Tournament on Saturday afternoon at Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, Virginia.
Norfolk State Preview
The Norfolk State Spartans are 22-10 (9-5) this season after they defeated NC Central in overtime by a score of 72-65 in their last game. Norfolk State struggled to get going offensively in this one, but they were able to get to overtime and finish with a win. Norfolk State shot 37.5% from the field and made 32 free throws in the game. The Spartans recorded 45 rebounds and forced 16 turnovers in the win. The Norfolk State Spartans are averaging 76.3 points per game, 68.8 points against per game, 35.8 rebounds per game, and 13.1 assists per game. Joe Bryant Jr. has led the Spartans this season with 17.6 points per game, 4.2 rebounds per game, and 3.3 assists per game. Norfolk State is shooting 47.8% from the field, 74.1% on free throws, and 34.2% on three pointers this year.
The Howard Bison are 21-12 (11-3) this season after they defeated Maryland-Eastern Shore by a score of 74-56 in their last game. Howard only led by four points at the half, but they were able to score 48 points in the second half for the win. Howard shot 46.4% from the field and made 7 three pointers in the game. The Bison recorded 46 rebounds and turned the ball over 20 times in the win. The Howard Bison are averaging 75.8 points per game, 72.7 points against per game, 35.4 rebounds per game, and 14.9 assists per game. Elijah Hawkins has led the Bison this season with 13.3 points per game, 3.5 rebounds per game, and 5.9 assists per game. Howard is shooting 46.2% from the field, 72% on free throws, and 38% on three pointers this year.
Howard finished the regular season in first place in the MEAC standings, while Norfolk State was two games behind them in third place. Howard has won four games in a row and has held their last two opponents to only 55 points. Norfolk State has lost three of their last six games, including a 20-point loss to Howard. These two teams have pretty even metrics, but I like Howard to win this one. The Bison are playing like the better team right now and will have the confidence after blowing out Norfolk State on March 2nd.
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