UMBC Retrievers vs Norfolk State Spartans Odds
The Norfolk State Spartans will try to cover the spread at Echols Hall on Sunday when they get a visit from the UMBC Retrievers in NCAA basketball action.
The Spartans are 5-5 so far on the season, and 0-2 ATS vs. the number. The Retrievers, meanwhile, are 2-7 and 0-0 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Norfolk State go 0-0 and the Retrievers go 0-0 on the totals.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 175 (Spartans) and the No. 274 (Retrievers) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 66-61 result in favor of the Spartans has been projected by the scores prediction engine.
How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Norfolk State's No. 239-ranked scoring average of 64.5 PPG, against a Retrievers defense rated No. 306 and allowing 74.7 PPG. The Spartans FG% has averaged 40.8% to date this season, less than the Retrievers shooters have managed so far (41.9% per game).
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, UMBC owns the country's No. 310-rated mark, allowing 79.8 points per game on the highway. Norfolk State, on the other hand, rates No. 26 in scoring at home.
UMBC lost its last outing, a 73-70 result against American on December 6. UMBC suffered a 73-70 loss against American on Thursday, getting 24 points from Ryan Cook in a losing effort at RAC Arena.
In their last action, Norfolk State was a 78-72 winner on the road against South Carolina State. Norfolk State earned a 78-72 victory over South Carolina State on Monday, getting 21 points from Malcolm Hawkins at SHM Memorial Center.
UMBC home to Coppin State, Wednesday, December 12
Norfolk State at Illinois, Tuesday, December 11