East Carolina Pirates host Norfolk State Spartans in college basketball action
Norfolk State Spartans vs East Carolina Pirates Odds
Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for Norfolk State when they take on the East Carolina Pirates on Saturday in college hoops betting action.
The Pirates sit at 7-3 (2-4 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Spartans are currently 6-8 (0-2 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? East Carolina is 3-0 OU, and Norfolk State is 0-0 OU.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Pirates - Spartans odds would favor the Pirates if the lines were set according to our power ranks. East Carolina is rated No. 53 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Norfolk State is at No. 183. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 81-66 win for the Pirates.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Spartans rank No. 182 in NCAA Division 1 with 35.3 per game. That compares with East Carolina’s No. 74 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where East Carolina is college basketball's No. 71-ranked team at 7.4 per game, while the Spartans rate No. 260 with 5.3 per game.
Defensively, Norfolk State features the nation's No. 149-rated defense on the road, allowing 69.4 points per game. East Carolina, meanwhile, comes in at No. 39 nationally in scoring at home.
Norfolk State was a 100-72 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Iona. The Spartans were hammered by Iona on Sunday, losing by a 100-72 final at Hynes Athletics Center in college basketball betting action.
East Carolina was an 88-81 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Massachusetts. They failed to cover the 6-point spread as underdogs. East Carolina got 21 points from Maurice Kemp but lost anyway, 88-81, to Massachusetts on Saturday at Mullins Center.
East Carolina Pirates Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Campbell are 6-4
After playing Massachusetts are 1-0
After a loss are 4-6
A few Spartans at Pirates trends to consider:
East Carolina is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
East Carolina is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games
Norfolk State at Ball State, Wednesday, January 2
East Carolina home to Campbell, Wednesday, January 2