Betting on today's Spartans and Bulldogs game? Catch the action at S-H-M Memorial Center in Orangeburg, SC, as the Bulldogs hosts this showdown at 4:00 ET on ESPN+. In this Mid-Eastern matchup, the Spartans are the betting favorite against the Bulldogs. The over/under for the game is 147 points.

NORFOLK STATE SPARTANS VS SOUTH CAROLINA STATE BULLDOGS BETTING PICK

The Pick: South Carolina State Bulldogs +8

This game will be played at S-H-M Memorial Center at 4:00 ET on Saturday, January 6th.

WHY BET THE SOUTH CAROLINA STATE BULLDOGS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-68 in favor of the Bulldogs.
  • Not only will South Carolina State pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +8.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 147 points, and we like the under with a projected 143 points.

Can the Spartans Pull Out the Win as Road Favorites?

Heading into today's game, Norfolk State is favored by 8 points and has an overall record of 9-7. So far, they have gone 3-6 on the road and have lost their last four games away from home.

In their last game, the Spartans faced off against Tennessee and were blown out by a score of 87-50. Over their last 10 road games, Norfolk State has gone just 3-7.

As the favorite this season, Norfolk State is 1-1 vs. the spread. On the road, the Spartans are 5-4 ATS and 1-2 in their last three road games. Overall, they are 7-6 vs. the spread this year.

So far this season, the over/under record for Norfolk State games is 5-8. Today's line of 147 is higher than the average OU line in their games (138.5). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 139 points and their OU record during this stretch is 1-2.

Against Tennessee, the Norfolk State had a tough time putting up points compared to their season average of 74.1 points per game. They scored 50 points and posted a field goal percentage of 34% in the game. Leading the team in scoring was Jamarii Thomas with 15 points. Christian Ings also added 10 points for the Spartans.

The Spartans' defense is presently ranked 94th nationally, allowing an average of 68.0 points per contest. Norfolk State's three-point defense is currently 110th in the country at 6.9 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 35.0% of their shots vs. Norfolk State.

No Pressure for South Carolina State as Home Dogs

South Carolina State comes into this game as the underdog, and they are 4-12 overall this season. In their last game, they lost to Oklahoma State by a score of 86-70. So far this season, they have gone 2-1 at home.

Over their last ten games at home, the Bulldogs are 5-5. On the year, they have been the underdog in 13 of their 16 games.

South Carolina State has an ATS record of 8-5-1 this season and is 2-1 vs. the spread at home. As the underdog, the Bulldogs have an ATS mark of 8-4-1 this year and their last 10 games as the underdog have resulted in a 6-3-1 record vs. the spread.

South Carolina State's over/under record this season is 9-5 and today's line of 147 is lower than the average over/under line in their games (152.2). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 164 points and their over/under record in their last 10 games is 6-3.

In their most recent game, the Bulldogs' offense tallied 70 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 71 points per game. The team's top scorer is Davion Everett, who enters today's matchup with an average of 10.1, while Mitchel Taylor also carries a PPG average of 8.3 into the game.

Coming into the game, South Carolina State will be looking to improve their defense, as they are currently giving up 82.9 points per game (292nd). On average, opposing teams are hitting 7.6 threes per game vs. Norfolk State. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 32.0%.