Howard vs South Carolina State Prediction: Live Odds, Stats, History & Picks – Wednesday, March 8, 2023

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The top-seeded Howard Bison (19-12, 11-3 MEAC) are squaring off against the No. 8 seed South Carolina State Bulldogs (5-25, 2-12 MEAC) in the MEAC Tournament on Wednesday at Norfolk Scope. The matchup is scheduled for 6:00 PM.

Wednesday’s game between the Bison and the Bulldogs sees the Bison as a strong, 7.5-point favorite. The game has a point total of 155.

Howard vs. South Carolina State Odds

Point Spread for Howard vs. South Carolina State

The spread for this matchup is set at 7.5 points, with sportsbooks listing Howard as the favorite.

Howard vs. South Carolina State Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Howard has -355 odds to pick up the win, while South Carolina State is listed at +277 to claim victory.


Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 155 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Wednesday, March 8, 2023
  • Game Time: 6:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: ESPN+
  • Location: Norfolk, Virginia
  • Arena: Norfolk Scope

Howard vs. South Carolina State Betting Trends

Against the spread, Howard is 15-13-0 this year. The Bison have been chosen as favorites in 12 games this year and have walked away with the win 10 times (83.3%) in those games. Howard’s games this year have hit the over on 15 of 29 set point totals.

In South Carolina State’s 29 games this year, it has 13 wins against the spread. The Bulldogs are 2-20 in games they were the underdog on the moneyline (winning 9.1% of those games). South Carolina State has gone over the point total 58.6% of the time this season (17 of 29 games with a set point total).

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Howard vs. South Carolina State Key Players to Watch


William Settle leads the Bison at 6.1 rebounds per game, while also averaging 1.1 assists and 11.2 points. Jelani Williams averages 9.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists per contest. At the other end, he delivers 1.3 steals and 0.1 blocked shots. Shy Odom is averaging 10.6 points, 1.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game.

South Carolina State

The Bulldogs receive 8.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1 assists per game from Raquan Brown. Davion Everett is putting up a team-best 5.6 rebounds per contest. And he is producing 6.5 points and 0.8 assists, making 54.5% of his shots from the floor. The Bulldogs receive 9.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game from Cam Jones.

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What you need to know about the Howard Bison

So far this season, 10 out of Howard’s 14 MEAC games have hit the over. On offense, the Bison are averaging 75.4 points per game (93rd-ranked in college basketball). They are giving up 73.3 points per contest at the other end (274th-ranked). Howard is 155th in college basketball with 32.1 rebounds per game this season. Meanwhile, it ranks 64th with 29.1 rebounds allowed per contest.

With a 38% three-point percentage this season, Howard is 17th-best in the nation. It ranks 94th in college basketball by making 8.1 threes per contest. With 7.5 three-pointers conceded per game, the Bison are 217th in the nation. They are allowing a 35.1% shooting percentage from downtown, which ranks 264th in college basketball.

The Bison have gone 8-2 in their last 10 contests, with a 6-4 record against the spread during that span. In its past 10 contests, Howard has gone over the total seven times. Howard’s offense has been better over its last 10 games, putting up 81 points per contest compared to the 75.4 it has averaged this year. The last 10 games have seen Howard allow one more point per game (74.3) than its season-long average (73.3).

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What you need to know about the South Carolina State Bulldogs

South Carolina State has compiled a 7-6-1 ATS record so far this season in conference play. In 2022-23, the Bulldogs are 125th in college basketball offensively (74 points scored per game) and -5-worst on defense (83.6 points allowed). With 31.3 rebounds per game and 33.7 rebounds conceded, South Carolina State is 211th and 323rd in the country, respectively.

Beyond the arc, South Carolina State is 234th in college basketball in 3-pointers made per game (6.9). It is 295th in 3-point percentage at 32.1%. Defensively, the Bulldogs are 315th in the nation in 3-pointers conceded per game at 8.4. They are -3-worst in 3-point percentage allowed at 39.8%.

The Bulldogs have a 5-4-1 record against the spread while finishing 2-8 overall over their past 10 contests. Six of South Carolina State’s last 10 outings have hit the over. While South Carolina State is posting 74 points per game in 2022-23, it has improved that mark in its last 10 games, tallying 74.3 a contest. The Bulldogs have performed better defensively over their previous 10 games, allowing 80.4 points per contest, 3.2 fewer points than their season average of 83.6 allowed.

Howard vs. South Carolina State Prediction & Pick

Our pick to win this matchup is Howard, and we project that Howard will cover the spread (Howard -7.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 155 points.

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How to bet Howard vs. South Carolina State

You can bet on Howard vs. South Carolina State at every legal online sportsbook. For more college basketball odds, including moneylines, spreads, over/under totals, check out the latest NCAA lines as well as our guide to the best college basketball betting sites.

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Matt Rooney

Matt comes from Chicago and has lived in the area his whole life. Graduated from and played football at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL while also serving as the director of student sports broadcasting. He writes for Betsperts as well as appears on several shows across the network.

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