Betting on today's Spartans and Eagles game? Catch the action at McDougald-McLendon Arena in Durham, NC, as the Eagles hosts this showdown at 7:30 ET on ESPN+. The over/under for this Mid-Eastern conference contest is set at 137.5 points, with the Eagles being the favored team playing at home against the Spartans.


The Pick: North Carolina Central Eagles -1

This game will be played at McDougald-McLendon Arena at 7:30 ET on Monday, January 8th.


  • 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 -1.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 137.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Will Norfolk State Pull Through as the Underdog Road Team?

Coming off a 79-72 win over South Carolina State, Norfolk State enters today's game as the underdog. So far, the Spartans have gone 4-7 as the underdog this season.

Overall, Norfolk State is 10-7 and 1-0 in conference play. On the road, they are just 4-6 and have an average scoring margin of -6.8 points per game.

As the underdog this season, Norfolk State has a record of 6-5 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Spartans have gone 6-4 ATS. On the road this season, Norfolk State is 6-4 vs. the spread and over their last three road games, they have gone 2-1 ATS.

So far this season, the over/under record for Norfolk State games is 6-8. Today's over/under line of 137.5 is lower than the average OU line in their games (139). This year, 7 of their games have finished with more points than today's OU line. Over their last three games, their over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total in those games is 145 points.

In their most recent game, the Spartans' offense tallied 79 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 74.4 points per game. The team's top scorer is Jamarii Thomas, who enters today's matchup with an average of 17.7, while Allen Betrand also carries a PPG average of 11 into the game.

Coming into today's game, the Norfolk State defense is giving up an average of 68.2 points per contest. Norfolk State's three-point defense is currently 126th in the country at 7.2 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 35.3% of their shots vs. Norfolk State.

Do the Eagles Have What it Takes to Win as Home Favorites?

North Carolina Central will be the favorite in today's matchup against Norfolk State. So far this season, the Eagles have gone 2-1 when favored and have an overall record of 9-7.

In their last game, North Carolina Central took on Howard and came away with a 73-54 victory. Over their last ten games at home, the Eagles have gone 8-2.

North Carolina Central has an ATS record of 8-4 this season. As the favorite, they are 2-1 vs. the spread. In their last 10 games as the favorite, the Eagles are 6-3-1. At home, their ATS mark is 2-1 this year and 3-3 in their last 10 home games.

This season, the over/under record for North Carolina Central is 7-5, and today's line of 137.5 is very close to the average OU line in their games (138.4). So far, half of their games have finished with more points than today's line. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 1-1, and the average scoring total in those games is 152 points.

The Eagles' offense finished with 73 points in their previous game, mirroring their current average of 77.6 points per contest. Offensively, the Eagles hold a season-long field goal percentage of 45%, placing them 193rd in the national rankings. When it comes to three-pointers, they are ranked 279th in terms of percentage and 230th in three-pointers made.

Currently, the Eagles' defense holds the 100th rank in the nation, allowing 68.1 points per game. On average, opposing teams are hitting 5.2 threes per game vs. Norfolk State. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 22.3%.