Delaware State Hornets take on Spartans in NCAA basketball test
Delaware State Hornets vs Norfolk State Spartans Odds
The Norfolk State Spartans will try to pay off for their supporters on Saturday when they play host to the Delaware State Hornets at Echols Hall in NCAA basketball action.
This season, the Spartans are 14-10 overall and 1-2 ATS ATS, while the Hornets are 10-11 and 0-0 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Norfolk State boasts a 0-1 on the OU, and Delaware State is 0-0.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Spartans - Hornets odds would favor the Spartans if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Norfolk State is rated No. 220 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Delaware State is at No. 247. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 63-61 win for the Spartans.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Norfolk State's No. 200 nationally ranked offense (66.5 points per game) against a Hornets defense that sits as the No. 109 at 63.8 PPG. The Spartans have been averaging 41.6% from the field, more than the Hornets have managed so far this season (41.2% on average).
Defensively, Delaware State features the nation's No. 140-rated defense on the road, allowing 68.4 points per game. Norfolk State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 53 nationally in scoring at home.
Delaware State was a 53-44 winner in their most recent outing at home against North Carolina A&T. Delaware State got 15 points from Amere May en route to a 53-44 victory over North Carolina A&T on Monday at Memorial Hall.
In their last action, Norfolk State was a 64-59 winner on the road against Morgan State. Norfolk State got 22 points from Pendarvis Williams en route to a 64-59 victory over Morgan State on Monday at Hill Field House.
Delaware State at Hampton, Monday, February 11
Norfolk State home to MD-Eastern Shore, Monday, February 11