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Red-Hot NC Central Takes On UC Davis In First Four

NC Central is not exactly a well-known college basketball powerhouse. However, the Eagles dominated the MEAC with victories in 16 of their past 18 games on the back of one of the best defenses in the nation statistically (though, they do play in the MEAC). The Eagles look to start a nearly impossible run when they take on UC Davis in the First Four on Wednesday.

SHARK BITES
  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of NC Central's last 10 games as favorite.
  • UC Davis is 6-1 SU and 5-1-1 ATS in its last 7 games.
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of UC Davis's last 7 games as underdog.

NC Central relies heavily on senior Patrick Cole on offense, with the guard averaging a team-high 19.5 points and 5.7 assists while sitting second on the team with 7.0 rebounds. His volume-based attack doesn’t lend itself well to shooting percentages — he shot just 31.5 percent during the MEAC tourney — but it gets results.

The UC Davis Aggies finds themselves in their first ever NCAAB tournament thanks in large part to big man Chima Moneke. The Australian averaged 14.4 points and 9.4 rebounds while grabbing 29.6 percent of defensive rebounds. One issue with Moneke is his free-throw shooting, as the 6’6” junior shot just 63.5 percent from the charity stripe.

UC Davis Aggies vs North Carolina Central Eagles Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The North Carolina Central Eagles sport a record of 25-8 and 6-0 ATS heading into this betting matchup, while the UC Davis Aggies have 22-12 and 18-13-1 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 1-5 for the North Carolina Central Eagles and 14-18 for the UC Davis Aggies.

The Eagles - Aggies odds would favor the Eagles if the lines were set according to our power ranks. North Carolina Central is rated No. 50 in the current Odds Shark poll, while UC Davis is at No. 127.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Brynton Lemar scored 20 points leading the Aggies to a 50-47 victory over UC Irvine at Arrowhead Pond on Saturday.

North Carolina Central got 18 points from Patrick Cole en route to a 67-59 victory over Norfolk State on Saturday at Norfolk Scope Arena.

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