Looking to win big? The Eagles and Bison face off at 4:00 ET on ESPN+. The Bison are hosting the game at Burr Gymnasium in Washington, DC. This Mid-Eastern conference matchup has an over/under of 141 points, and Howard is favored to win by -3.5 at home vs. North Carolina Central.

NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL EAGLES VS HOWARD BISON BETTING PICK

The Pick: Howard Bison -3.5

This game will be played at Burr Gymnasium at 4:00 ET on Saturday, February 17th.

WHY BET THE HOWARD BISON:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-69 in favor of the Bison.
  • Not only will Howard pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -3.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 141 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Can North Carolina Central Pull Off A Win at Burr Gymnasium?

North Carolina Central enters this game as an underdog, as they are getting 3.5 points. On the year, they have gone 13-9, including a 4-1 mark in Mid-Eastern Conference play. In their last game, they defeated Delaware State by a score of 69-66.

So far this season, the Eagles have gone 5-7 on the road, and they have won their last two games away from home. Over their last 10 games on the road, they have gone 5-5. On the year, they have gone 3-6 as an underdog.

North Carolina Central has been solid against the spread this season, going 11-5. On the road, they are 8-4 vs. the spread and have gone 2-1 vs. the spread in their last 3 road games. As the underdog, the Eagles have gone 6-3 vs. the spread this year and are 2-1 vs. the spread in their last 3 games as the underdog.

North Carolina Central's over/under record this season sits at 8-8 and the average scoring total in their games is 136.7 points. Today's over/under line of 141 is higher than the average OU line in their games (138.6). Over their last three games, the over/under record is 1-0 and the average scoring total is 135 points.

In their recent matchup, the North Carolina Central offense ended with 69 points against Delaware State. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 44% and made 8 threes. Ja'darius Harris is leading the team in scoring at 15.7 points per contest. Fred Cleveland Jr. has also been a key contributor with a PPG average of 14.9 going into the game.

North Carolina Central's defense has been playing well, ranking 50th nationally, with 66.7 points allowed per game. North Carolina Central's three-point defense is currently 14th in the country at 4.8 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 35.6% of their shots vs. North Carolina Central.

Does Howard Have a Shot at a Home Win?

Howard comes into this game with an overall record of 10-14, including a 4-3 mark in Mid-Eastern play. They are 3-4 at home this season and have gone 6-4 in their last 10 games at home. The Bison are 6-5 this season when favored, and they have been favored in 11 of their 24 games.

After their 75-71 win over Delaware State, Howard's record now stands at 10-14. In their last 10 games, the Bison have gone 6-4 at home. So far this year, they have been favored in 11 games and have a record of 6-5 when favored.

Howard's ATS record this season is 8-12-2. They are 3-3-1 vs. the spread at home this year and have gone just 4-6-1 vs. the spread as the favorite this season. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Bison are just 3-6-1.

On the season, the over/under record for Howard is 15-7 and today's line of 141 is lower than the average over/under line in their games this year (148.2). Over their last three games, their games have averaged 138 points compared to their season average of 151.3 points per game.

In their recent game, the Bison's offense concluded with 75 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 75 points per contest. The team's scoring leader is Bryce Harris, who holds an average of 16.2 as they head into today's matchup. Additionally, Marcus Dockery is averaging 13.5 points per game this season.

Looking at the Howard defense, they will be looking for a better performance considering they are currently conceding 75.7 points per game (259th). In their previous game vs. Delaware State, the Hornets finished with a field goal percentage of 45% and a total of 71 points vs. Howard.