North Carolina Central Eagles vs Drake Bulldogs Odds
College hoops betting interest focuses on the Drake vs North Carolina Central battle Wednesday at Knapp Center as the Bulldogs look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.
Drake battles the Eagles, currently sitting with a 5-5 mark (0-3 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 4-2-1 for the Bulldogs and 0-0 for the Eagles.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Bulldogs, most recently No. 143 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Eagles, who rate No. 57 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 79-72 victory for the Eagles.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Drake's No. 45 nationally ranked offense (76.9 points per game) against a Eagles defense that sits as the No. 35 at 58.1 PPG. The Bulldogs have been averaging 45.4% from the field, more than the Eagles have managed so far this season (43.9% on average).
Defensively, North Carolina Central features the nation's No. 134-rated defense on the road, allowing 68.4 points per game. Drake, meanwhile, comes in at No. 86 nationally in scoring at home.
In their last action, North Carolina Central was a 63-57 loser at home against Eastern Kentucky. The Eagles got 18 points from Jeremy Ingram, but it was Eastern Kentucky that prevailed in a 63-57 final on Tuesday at McLendon-McDougald Gymnasium.
In their last action, Drake was an 86-77 loser at home against Iowa State. They failed to cover the 7.5-point spread as underdogs. Iowa State got 21 points and 11 rebounds from Melvin Ejim en route to an 86-77 victory over Drake on Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena.
Drake Bulldogs Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
After playing Iowa State are 6-4
After a loss are 7-3
A few Eagles at Bulldogs trends to consider:
Drake is 18-6 SU in its last 24 games at home
Drake is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Drake is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
North Carolina Central at Utah Valley, Saturday, December 22
Drake home to Eastern Illinois, Saturday, December 22