Planning on watching today's Bison and Eagles game? Catch the action at McDougald-McLendon Arena in Durham, NC, as the Eagles hosts this showdown at 12:00 ET on ESPNU. This Mid-Eastern conference matchup has an over/under of 148.5 points, and the Eagles are favored to win at home vs. the Bison.


The Pick: North Carolina Central Eagles -2

This game will be played at McDougald-McLendon Arena at 12:00 ET on Saturday, January 6th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Eagles.
  • Not only will North Carolina Central pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -2.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 148.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Can the Bison Offense Score Enough in Durham?

Howard comes into this game as the underdog, and they have a record of 5-10. So far this season, they have gone 2-8 on the road, and they are 1-7 as the underdog.

In their last game, the Bison took on La Salle and came away with a 71-66 victory. Over their last 10 games on the road, Howard has gone just 2-8.

Howard's ATS record this season is 6-7, and they are 3-5 vs. the spread as the underdog. On the road, the Bison are 3-7 ATS this year and 1-4 in their last 5 road games vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, Howard is 3-6-1 vs. the spread.

Howard's over/under record for the season is 10-3 and the average over/under line in their games is 149.8. So far, they have had five games with a lower over/under line than today's line of 148.5. In their last three games, the average scoring total is 158 points and their over/under record during this stretch is 2-1.

Coming off their recent game, the Howard offense tallied 71 points in a matchup against La Salle. Their field goal percentage for the game was 41.1%, and they made 9 threes. The top scorer for the Bison was Marcus Dockery with 21 points, while Seth Towns also chipped in with 18 points.

Coming into the game, Howard will be looking to improve their defense, as they are currently giving up 78.8 points per game (270th). The Howard defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 66 points and allowed La Salle to connect on 8 threes.

Can the Eagles Hold Strong at Home?

North Carolina Central comes into today's game as the favorite, favored by 2 points. So far this season, they have an overall record of 8-7 and have won their last two games. In their last game, they defeated Longwood by a score of 79-70.

Over their last ten games at home, the Eagles have gone 8-2. So far this season, they are 1-1 at home and have gone 3-0 at home over their last three games. On the year, they have been favored in two games and have gone 1-1 in those matchups.

As the favorite this season, North Carolina Central is 1-1 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Eagles have gone 6-3-1 ATS.

Today's over/under line of 148.5 is higher than the average over/under line in North Carolina Central's games this year (137.5). So far, 11 of their games have had lower over/under lines than today's line. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 1-0 and the average scoring total is 160 points.

North Carolina Central's offense had a good outing, putting up 79 points against Longwood. They achieved a 43.5% field goal percentage and went 31/36 from the free-throw line. Fred Cleveland Jr. is leading the team in scoring at 15.7 points per contest. Po'boigh King has also been a key contributor with a PPG average of 13.4 going into the game.

The Eagles' defense is presently ranked 107th nationally, allowing an average of 69.1 points per contest. In today's game vs. Howard, the North Carolina Central defense will be looking to do a better job avoiding putting opponents on the line. In their last game, North Carolina Central made 31 free-throws vs. the Eagles.