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Bethune-Cookman Wildcats vs North Carolina Central Eagles Betting Preview

North Carolina Central EaglesBethune-Cookman Wildcats
March 8, 8:00 PM | Joel Coliseum

North Carolina Central Eagles vs Bethune-Cookman Wildcats Odds

17-14TEAM RECORD16-16

The visiting Eagles hope to send their backers to the pay window on Thursday as they look to cover the spread at Joel Coliseum against the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats.

This game is part of the MEAC Tournament which will decide the conference champion and help decide March Madness seedings. The game is being played at Joel Coliseum, which makes it technically a neutral site match.

This season, the Wildcats are 16-16 overall and 1-1-1 ATS ATS, while the Eagles are 17-14 and 1-0 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Bethune-Cookman boasts a 1-2 on the OU, and North Carolina Central is 0-1.

View North Carolina Central vs Bethune-Cookman Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Wildcats rated this week at No. 297 and the Eagles sitting at No. 98. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction modelling that produced a 74-65 result in favor of the Eagles.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Bethune-Cookman's No. 253 nationally ranked offense (64.5 points per game) against a Eagles defense that sits as the No. 80 at 63.2 PPG. The Wildcats have been averaging 43% from the field, less than the Eagles have managed so far this season (47.1% on average).

Defensively, North Carolina Central features the nation's No. 150-rated defense on the road, allowing 68.7 points per game. Bethune-Cookman, meanwhile, comes in at No. 99 nationally in scoring at home.

North Carolina Central won its last outing, a 60-43 result against MD-Eastern Shore on March 6. They covered in that game as a 9.5-point favorite. The Eagles grabbed a 60-43 win over the Hawks on Tuesday, behind a 13-point effort from Dominique Sutton at Joel Coliseum.

Bethune-Cookman was a 62-53 winner in its last match at home against South Carolina State. They earned a push of the 9-point spread as favorites. The Wildcats grabbed a 62-53 win over the Bulldogs on Tuesday, behind a 16-point effort from Stanley Elliott at Joel Coliseum.