Norfolk State vs. Coppin State
The Coppin State Eagles and the Norfolk State Spartans meet in MEAC college basketball action from Echols Hall on Monday night.
The Coppin State Eagles will try to make up some ground on the teams above them in the MEAC standings, alternating wins and losses in each of their last 9 games following a 70-66 loss to South Carolina State last time out. Koby Thomas leads the Eagles in scoring with 12.8 points per game along with 6.9 rebounds while Andrew Robinson is 2nd in scoring with 12.6 points per game and Dejuan Clayton is 3rd with 12.1 points and a team-high 3.5 assists per game this season. Brendan Medley-Bacon is also averaging 6.6 points and a team-high 8.3 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Coppin State is averaging 67.3 points on 39.2% shooting from the field, 27.5% from behind the arc and 63.4% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 74.3 points on 42.2% shooting from the field and 33.8% from 3-point range this season. Coppin State is 4-14 straight up and 10-8 against the spread on the road this season.
The Norfolk State Spartans will try to stay atop the MEAC standings after back-to-back wins following a 62-57 win over Morgan State last time out. Jermaine Bishop leads Norfolk State in scoring with 14.2 points per game while Joe Bryant Jr. is 2nd with 12.4 points per game and Steven Whitley is 3rd in scoring and tops in assists with 10.6 points and 3.2 assists per game this season. Devante Carter is averaging 9.3 points and a team-high 5.2 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Norfolk State is averaging 70.1 points per game on 42.4% shooting from the field, 33.1% from 3-point range and 69.5% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 64.6 points on 40.1% shooting from the field and 29.6% from behind the arc this season. Norfolk State is 9-2 straight up and 4-3 against the spread at home this season.
Head to head, the road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
The points are tempting with Coppin State as the Eagles have done a good job covering the number on the road this season, but the problem is that Norfolk State has just been a different animal at home this season, winning games by upwards of 20+ points per game this season. As much as Coppin State has been able to compete on the road, I just don’t see it happening here, so I’ll lay the points with Norfolk State here.