Norfolk State vs Howard Prediction: Live Odds, Stats, History & Picks – Thursday, March 2, 2023

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The Howard Bison (18-12, 10-3 MEAC) will host the Norfolk State Spartans (20-9, 9-4 MEAC) after winning seven home games in a row. It tips at 9:00 PM ET on Thursday, March 2, 2023.

The Spartans match up against the Bison in a game that Norfolk State is currently a slight favorite by 2 points. The over/under is 148.5 points for the game.

Norfolk State vs. Howard Odds

Point Spread for Norfolk State vs. Howard

The spread for this matchup is set at 2 points, with sportsbooks listing Norfolk State as the favorite.

Norfolk State vs. Howard Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Norfolk State has -131 odds to pick up the win, while Howard is listed at +110 to claim victory.


Finally, the total for the game is set at 148.5 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Thursday, March 2, 2023
  • Game Time: 9:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: ESPNU
  • Location: Washington D.C.
  • Arena: Burr Gymnasium

Norfolk State vs. Howard Betting Trends

Against the spread, Norfolk State is 13-10-1 this year. The Spartans have been favorites in 18 games this season and have come away with the win 15 times (83.3%) in those contests. Norfolk State has eclipsed the over/under in 59.3% of its opportunities this year (16 times over 27 games with a set point total).

Against the spread, Howard is 14-13-0 this year. The Bison have won five of the 15 games they were the underdog on the moneyline this season (33.3%). Howard’s games this season have eclipsed the over/under 51.9% of the time (14 out of 27 games with a set point total).

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Norfolk State vs. Howard Key Players to Watch

Norfolk State

Kris Bankston is tops on his team in rebounds per contest (7.2), and also averages 14.2 points and 1 assists. Defensively, he puts up 1 steal and 1.7 blocked shots. Caheim Brown is putting up 11.8 points, 3.1 assists and 4.3 rebounds per contest. Dana Tate puts up 9.6 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists per contest. Defensively, he posts 0.6 steals and 0.1 blocked shots.


William Settle is putting up a team-high 6 rebounds per contest. And he is delivering 11.3 points and 1.1 assists, making 40.7% of his shots from the field and 27.7% from beyond the arc, with 1 treys per game. Jelani Williams is posting 9.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2 assists per contest, making 44.3% of his shots from the floor. Shy Odom is posting 10.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game, making 52.3% of his shots from the floor.

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What you need to know about the Norfolk State Spartans

Norfolk State has compiled a 7-5-1 conference record against the spread this season. This year, the Spartans are averaging 76.7 points per game (60th-ranked in college basketball) and allowing 68.7 points per contest (138th-ranked). So far this season, Norfolk State is grabbing 32.9 boards per game (113th-ranked in college basketball) and giving up 28.2 rebounds per contest (33rd-ranked).

The Spartans are scoring 82 points per game in home games. In away games, they are averaging 70.8 points per contest. Norfolk State is sinking 7.2 treys per game (206th-ranked in college basketball) this season, while putting up a 34.5% three-point percentage (172nd-ranked). The Spartans are allowing 9.1 treys per game (11th-worst in college basketball), and they are allowing a 34.4% three-point percentage (220th-ranked) to opposing teams.

The Spartans are 6-3-1 against the spread and 7-3 overall in their past 10 games. Eight of Norfolk State’s past 10 contests have hit the over. On offense, Norfolk State has increased its output slightly over its last 10 games, scoring 78.3 points per contest over that stretch as opposed to the 76.7 it has put up over the course of this season. Norfolk State has been more porous on defense as of late, giving up 68.9 points per game over its past 10 contests compared to the 68.7 points per game its opponents average in the 2022-23 season.

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What you need to know about the Howard Bison

Howard has compiled an 8-5-0 record against the spread in conference games this season. In 2022-23, the Bison are 106th in the country on offense (75 points scored per game) and 283rd on defense (73.5 points allowed). With 32 rebounds per game and 29 rebounds conceded, Howard is 164th and 61st in the country, respectively.

In 2022-23 the Bison are scoring 13.5 more points per game at home (82.6) than on the road (69.1). Beyond the arc, Howard is 120th in college basketball in 3-pointers made per game (7.9). It is 33rd in 3-point percentage at 37.4%. Giving up 7.5 3-pointers per game and conceding 35.1% from downtown, the Bison are 216th and 266th in the nation, respectively, in those categories.

The Bison have a 6-4 record against the spread while finishing 8-2 overall in their last 10 contests. Howard has hit the over in six of its last 10 outings. Howard has played better offensively in its past 10 games, generating 81.1 points per contest, 6.1 more than its season average of 75. The Bison have performed better defensively in their previous 10 games, ceding 73.2 points per contest, 0.3 fewer points than their season average of 73.5 allowed.

Norfolk State vs. Howard Prediction & Pick

Our prediction to win this matchup is Norfolk State, and we expect that Howard will cover the spread (Norfolk State -2). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 148.5 points.

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How to bet Norfolk State vs. Howard

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Dan Weiner

Hailing from Atlanta and attending college at the University of Texas, Dan is passionate about sports, particularly college football and soccer. He's a diehard Atlanta pro sports and Texas Longhorns fan. He likes every sport and will watch anything and everything the weirder the better. He joined Betsperts after an 11 year career in television production at ESPN.

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