NCAA hoops odds preview - North Carolina Central vs. Southern
North Carolina Central Eagles vs Southern Jaguars Odds
North Carolina Central pays a visit to Southern on Thursday, hoping to send the Jaguars to a loss while covering the college basketball spread at Arena-Auditorium.
The game is being played at Arena-Auditorium, which makes it technically a neutral site match.
Southern will face the 1-2 Eagles, who own a 0-1 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Jaguars are 0-0 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Eagles are 0-0 favoring the OVER.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Jaguars, most recently No. 242 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Eagles, who rate No. 90 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 82-60 victory for the Eagles.
How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Eagles is ranked No. 310 in NCAA hoops at 29.7 per game. Contrast that with Southern’s No. 249 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Southern is the No. 158-ranked team in the country at 6.3 per game, while North Carolina Central rates No. 158 at 6.3 per game.
Defensively, North Carolina Central features the nation's No. 228-rated defense on the road, allowing 72 points per game. Southern, meanwhile, comes in at No. 79 nationally in scoring at home.
North Carolina Central lost its last outing, a 73-60 result against Wyoming on November 14. They failed to cover in that game as a 12.5-point underdog. North Carolina Central got 20 points from Ray Willis but lost anyway, 73-60, to Wyoming on Wednesday at Arena-Auditorium.
Last time out for Southern, they were an 83-79 winner as they battled South Dakota at home. They covered in the match as a 3-point underdog. The Jaguars got 17 points from Derick Beltran as Southern ran past South Dakotan 83-79 on Wednesday at Arena-Auditorium.
North Carolina Central at South Dakota, Friday, November 16
Southern at Wyoming, Friday, November 16