Norfolk State vs Morgan State Prediction College Basketball Picks 2/26/24

Morgan State (9-16) vs Norfolk State (18-9)

Game Info: Monday, February 26, 2024 at 7:30 pm (Hill Field House)

Betting Odds: Morgan State +4.5 -- Over/Under: 144.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Norfolk State Spartans will stay in Baltimore to face the Morgan State Bears in MEAC play this Monday from the Hill Field House on ESPN+. NSU leads the current series, 32-15, and they come in as 4.5-point road favorites, with the total hovering 144.5. Stay tuned for our Norfolk State vs Morgan State Prediction.  

Norfolk State Spartans Rundown

Norfolk State improved to 18-9 after defeating Coppin State in Baltimore by two,  at home by four, 71-67. The Spartans found a way to prevail in overtime against the Bulldogs, and they’ll look to avenge a January loss to the Eagles this Monday. NSU is scoring 74.1 points per game, on 44.9% shooting, while allowing 68.0 ppg, and they’re currently first in the MEAC with a 8-2 record in league play. 

NSU’s X-Factors

  • Former UNCW guard Jamarii Thomas led the way with 28 points in the win over NCCU, and he’s first on NSU in scoring (17.4) and assists (3.8).   
  • Veteran guard Allen Betrand has reached double figures in six of the previous ten games, and he’s second in the team at 10.7 ppg.  
  • Longwood transfer Jaylani Darden chipped in 14 points in the SC State victory, and he leads Norfolk State in rebounding (4.9), while scoring 7.2 ppg.  

Morgan State Bears Rundown

Morgan State fell to 9-17 after losing to Howard in Washington, 78-72. The Bears were unable to keep up with the Bison down the stretch, and they’ll look to prevent a third straight loss here against the Spartans. MSU is scoring 72.7 points per game, on 45.2% shooting, while allowing 81.5 ppg, and they’re currently 5th in the MEAC with a 5-5 record in league play. 

Morgan State’s Impact Players

  • Senior guard Wynston Tabbs went for a game-high 21 points in the first matchup with NSU, and he leads MSU in scoring (15.0).
  • Baltimore native Will Thomas led the way with a season-high 28 points in the South Carolina State victory, and he’s second on the team at 12.7 ppg.  
  • Junior guard Ahmarie Simpkins nearly double-doubled in the win over UMES, and he leads MSU in rebounding (4.9), while scoring 8.4 ppg.  

Norfolk St. vs Morgan St. Trends

  • NSU is 9-14 against the spread, with a 9-14 over/under record
  • The Spartans are 8-2 over their last ten games, and they’re 5-7 on the road this season. 
  • MSU is 12-11 against the spread, with a 12-11 O/U record
  • The Bears are 5-5 over their previous ten games, and they’re 6-3 in Baltimore this season. 

Norfolk State vs Morgan State Prediction

Norfolk State finds themselves within reach of another conference crown with a strong finish, and I believe they’ll find a way to close the campaign strong. After beating Central at home, the Spartans dodged a loss to lowly Coppin State on the road, and while they will have to be sharper here against the Bears, the motive is there to complete the mission. I’d tilt NSU’s margin here as road favorites, and back them to pin a fourth straight victory this Monday in Baltimore.

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