PFW vs Norfolk State Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/27/24

Norfolk State (23-11) vs PFW (22-12)

Game Info: Wednesday, March 27, 2024 at 7:00 pm (Joseph G. Echols Memorial Hall)

Betting Odds: Norfolk State +1.5 -- Over/Under: 145.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The PFW Mastodons and the Norfolk State Spartans meet Wednesday in the college basketball CIT Championship at the Spartan Showcase. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here’s a PFW vs. Norfolk State Prediction.

PFW Team Preview

The PFW Mastodons come into the CIT championship after a 73-72 win over Tarleton last time out. Jalen Jackson leads the Mastodons in scoring with 16.2 PPG along with 4.5 RPG and 2.6 APG while Rasheed Bello has 14.9 PPG with 2.9 RPG and a team-high 4.2 APG to lead the Mastodons in assists. Anthony Roberts has 13.2 PPG with 5.7 RPG and Quinton Morton-Robertson has 13.3 PPG with 2.4 APG to cap off the scoring in double figures for PFW up to this point in the year. Eric Mulder also leads the Mastodons on the glass with 7.2 RPG as well this season. As a team, PFW is averaging 80.9 PPG on 47.1% shooting from the field, 36.3% from behind the arc and 69.8% from the foul line this season.

Norfolk State Team Preview

The Norfolk State Spartans come into the championship after picking up an 81-66 win over Alabama A&M last time out. Jamarii Thomas leads the Spartans in scoring and assists with 17.5 PPG and 3.8 APG along with 2 SPG and 3.9 RPG, while Allen Bertrand has 11.1 PPG as the only other double-digit scorer for Norfolk State up to this point in the year. Jaylani Darden also has a team-high 5 RPG to lead the Spartans on the glass so far this season. As a team, Norfolk State is averaging 74.3 PPG on 45.5% shooting from the field, 33.7% from three and 72.3% from the foul line this season.

Norfolk State Spartans Team Facts

  • Norfolk State has won each of its last 18 games against non-Conference opponents at Joseph G. Echols Memorial Hall.
  • Each of Norfolk State's last four games against non-Conference opponents at Joseph G. Echols Memorial Hall have produced a total of 147+ points.
  • Norfolk State has won the first half in each of its last seven night games against non-Conference opponents at Joseph G. Echols Memorial Hall.

Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons Team Facts

  • Purdue Fort Wayne has won 16 of its last 18 games against non-Conference opponents.
  • Four of Purdue Fort Wayne's last five road games against non-Conference opponents have produced a total of 145 or fewer points.
  • The home team has won the first half in four of Purdue Fort Wayne's last five games.

Matchup/League Facts

  • Norfolk State ranks 10th among Division 1 teams for opponent field goals made per game this season (21.8).
  • Norfolk State ranks 13th among Division 1 teams for opponent turnovers per game this season (15.5).
  • Purdue Fort Wayne ranks 10th among Division 1 teams for steals per game this season (9.3).
  • Purdue Fort Wayne ranks 10th among Division 1 teams for opponent turnovers per game this season (16.4).

PFW vs. Norfolk State Prediction

I’m on PFW here. I know having home court for a tournament championship should be big for Norfolk State here, but PFW for my money is the better team and the more talented team here. I just don’t see the Spartans being able to match PFW for a full 40 minutes, so give me the Mastodons in this one to lift the trophy.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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