North Carolina Central vs South Carolina State Prediction: Live Odds, Stats, History & Picks – Thursday, March 2, 2023

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The North Carolina Central Eagles (16-11, 9-4 MEAC) hope to extend a six-game winning stretch when they visit the South Carolina State Bulldogs (5-24, 2-11 MEAC) at 7:30 PM ET on Thursday, March 2, 2023 at Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center.

North Carolina Central is a healthy 7-point favorite against South Carolina State when the Eagles play the Bulldogs on Thursday. The point total for the game is set at 148.

North Carolina Central vs. South Carolina State Odds

Point Spread for North Carolina Central vs. South Carolina State

The spread for this matchup is set at 7 points, with bookmakers listing North Carolina Central as the favorite.

North Carolina Central vs. South Carolina State Moneyline

As for the moneyline, North Carolina Central has -308 odds to pick up the win, while South Carolina State is listed at +247 to claim victory.


Finally, the total for the game is set at 148 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Thursday, March 2, 2023
  • Game Time: 7:30 PM ET
  • Location: Orangeburg, South Carolina
  • Arena: Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center

North Carolina Central vs. South Carolina State Betting Trends

North Carolina Central is 14-8-1 against the spread this season. The Eagles have been victorious in 10, or 90.9%, of the 11 contests they have been chosen as favorites in this season. North Carolina Central has gone over the point total in 42.9% of its opportunities this year (12 times in 28 games with a set point total).

In South Carolina State’s 28 games this season, it has 13 wins against the spread. The Bulldogs have compiled a 2-19 record in games they were the underdog on the moneyline (winning 9.5% of those games). South Carolina State’s games this year have gone over the point total 17 times in 28 opportunities (60.7%).

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North Carolina Central vs. South Carolina State Key Players to Watch

North Carolina Central

Justin Wright leads his squad in points per game (16.1), and also posts 4.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists. Defensively, he posts 1.4 steals and 0.1 blocked shots. Brendan Medley-Bacon puts up a team-leading 5.6 rebounds per game. In addition, he’s recording 12 points and 0.8 assists, shooting 69.4% from the field (fourth in the nation). Eric Boone leads the Eagles at 5.4 assists per contest, while also posting 4.7 rebounds and 7.1 points. Kris Monroe puts up a team-best 5.6 rebounds per game. He is also putting up 10.3 points and 0.7 assists, shooting 43.4% from the floor and 31.4% from downtown with 1.6 made 3-pointers per game.

South Carolina State

Raquan Brown is averaging 8.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1 assists per contest, making 46.2% of his shots from the field. Davion Everett tops the Bulldogs in rebounding (5.6 per game), and puts up 6.6 points and 0.9 assists. He also posts 0.6 steals and 0.3 blocked shots. Cam Jones is putting up 9.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists per contest, making 38.1% of his shots from the floor.

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What you need to know about the North Carolina Central Eagles

North Carolina Central and its MEAC opponents have combined to go over the point total four out of 13 times this season. On offense, the Eagles are scoring 75.7 points per game (87th-ranked in college basketball). They are giving up 66 points per contest on defense (68th-ranked). With 27.8 rebounds allowed per game, North Carolina Central is 23rd-best in college basketball. It ranks 116th in college basketball by averaging 32.8 rebounds per contest.

Offensively, the Eagles have fared better at home this season, scoring 82.4 points per game, compared to 68.5 per game on the road. North Carolina Central is making 7.1 three-pointers per game (217th-ranked in college basketball). It has a 35.6% shooting percentage (104th-ranked) from downtown. The Eagles are giving up 6.4 threes per game (73rd-ranked in college basketball). They are allowing opposing teams to shoot 30.9% (35th-ranked) from three-point land.

The Eagles are 5-5 against the spread and 7-3 overall in their last 10 games. Three of North Carolina Central’s past 10 outings have hit the over. On offense, North Carolina Central has had a tough time putting the ball in the basket over its last 10 games, scoring 71.6 points per contest over that stretch compared to the 75.7 it has racked up over the course of this season. North Carolina Central’s points-allowed average over its last 10 games (63.3) is 2.7 fewer points per game than the team is allowing over the entire season (66).

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What you need to know about the South Carolina State Bulldogs

So far this season, seven out of South Carolina State’s 13 MEAC games with an over/under have gone over the point total. On offense the Bulldogs are the 119th-ranked team in the country (74.3 points per game). Defensively they are -4-worst (84 points allowed per game). In 2022-23, South Carolina State is 232nd in the country in rebounds (31 per game) and 329th in rebounds allowed (33.9).

At home the Bulldogs are scoring 81.6 points per game, 10.5 more than they are averaging away (71.1). South Carolina State makes 7 3-pointers per game and shoots 32.4% from beyond the arc, ranking 224th and 278th, respectively, in the country. Defensively, the Bulldogs are 321st in the country in 3-pointers conceded per game at 8.5. They are -4-worst in 3-point percentage allowed at 40.3%.

The Bulldogs have gone 2-8 over their last 10 games, with a 5-5 record against the spread during that span. Six of South Carolina State’s past 10 games have hit the over. South Carolina State has performed better offensively in its last 10 games, putting up 74.9 points per contest, 0.6 more than its season average of 74.3. The Bulldogs are giving up 80.9 points per game in their last 10 games, which is 3.1 fewer points than they are allowing for the season (84).

North Carolina Central vs. South Carolina State Prediction & Pick

Our pick to win this matchup is North Carolina Central, and we predict that North Carolina Central will cover the spread (North Carolina Central -7). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 148 points.

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How to bet North Carolina Central vs. South Carolina State

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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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