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@SidekicksPicks CBB Play of the Day - 2/21

Norfolk State (18-5) vs. Morgan State Bears (8-13)

The Norfolk St. Spartans travel to Baltimore to take on the Morgan St. Bears for a 7:30 tip. The Spartans are 18-5 overall, 7-5 on the road. They are currently on a 3 game winning streak and have won 9 of their last 10 games. The Spartans are in 1st place in the Mid-Eastern Conference with a 9-1 record.

The Bears are 8-13 overall, 6-3 at home. They are currently on a 1 game losing streak and are 2-6 in their last 8 games, 2-3 at home. Morgan St. is 6th in the Mid-Eastern Conference with a 3-6 record.

Norfolk State Analysis

Norfolk St is having a terrific season and has a strong chance to be a tournament team. They are great on both sides of the ball ranking sub 100 in just about every statistical category. On the offensive side, they rank 68th in ppg (75.7), 62nd in fg% (46.3), and 13th in offensive rebounding (37).

Defensively they are even better! They rank 46th in points allowed per game (64.1), 4th in opponents fg% (37.4), and 16th in opponents 3pt% (29.2). This Norfolk St. team is a well balanced squad and have covered in 13 of 19 games this season.

Morgan State Analysis

The Bears do not do much well on the court this season. They struggle defensively, holding teams to 74.1 ppg, which ranks 305th in the country. They also allow teams to shoot 44.2% from the floor (239), 36.2% from 3 (316) and grab 32.8 defensive rebounds per game (261).

This Bears team can score some points, averaging 75.5 ppg (73). When you compare that to their defensive statistics, it’s not as impressive. This team does not shoot a high percentage from the floor, behind the arc and are terrible from the charity stripe.

  • The Spartans are 7-0 ats in their last 7 games following a win of more than 20 points
  • Spartans are 5-1 ats in their last 6 road games vs a team with a winning home record
  • The Spartans have won 5 straight vs the Bears and 9 of the last 10 head to head games
  • The Spartans have won 4 of the last 5 road games vs the Bears
  • The Spartans are 5-0 ats in their last 5 games vs the Bears
  • The Bears are 1-8 ats in their last 9 games vs a team with a winnin % above .600
  • The Bears are 1-5 ats in their last 6 games following an ats win
  • Bears are 6-20 ats in their last 26 home games
  • Bears are 2-6 ats in their last 8 games, 1-6 ats at home

Sidekicks' Verdict

These are two different caliber teams. Norfolk St. is solid on both ends of the floor and should have their way with Morgan St., like they have in their past 5 head to head matchups. They have already played this season and Norfolk St. won by 20 points. I see a similar outcome in this one.

You can also take them ml and pair it with Colgate half/full time ml (-131).

Sidekicks' Play of the Day

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Norfolk State -4.5 @ -114
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