The North Carolina Central Eagles and North Dakota State Bison battle it out on Wednesday, March 20 for the right to head to the NCAA Tournament Round of 64. The Bison are 5-point favorites to send NCC home. Can the Eagles either pull off the moneyline upset or keep it within the March Madness spread?
North Carolina Central vs North Dakota 2019 March Madness Odds & Game Info
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- When: Wednesday, March 20 at 6:40 pm ET
- Where: University of Dayton Arena, Dayton, OH
- TV: truTV
- Live Stream: March Madness Live
- 2019 March Madness Odds: North Dakota State -5 (Total 155)
Why #16 North Carolina Central Eagles are a good bet?
North Carolina Central heads to the NCAA Tournament First Four on fire both straight up and against the spread. The Eagles have gone 8-2 SU in their last 10 games.
In those same 10 games, they went a fantastic 7-1-2 ATS. North Carolina Central’s hitting on all cylinders heading into their first NCAA Tournament game. Although they’re the dogs, they could upset North Dakota State not only against the spread but also on the moneyline.
- Points/G: 71.4
- Field Goal %: 45.6
- 3-Point %: 31.5
- Free Throw %: 71.5
- Rebounds/G: 37.2
- Points/G: 66.3
- Field Goal %: 43.4
- 3-Point %: 31.3
- Free Throw %: 66.7
- Rebounds/G: 27.8
Why #16 North Dakota State Bison are a good bet?
The Bison made it to the NCAA Tournament First Four by virtue of their Summit Conference Tournament victory. After 3 straight losses to end the regular season, North Dakota State stepped it up in their conference tournament.
The Bison beat Oral Roberts 86-73, Western Illinois 76-73, and Nebraska Omaha 73-63. North Dakota State is playing slightly better than the Eagles. That gives them a shot to win and cover.
- Points/G: 73.2
- Field Goal %: 45.6
- 3-Point %: 36.6
- Free Throw %: 77.4
- Rebounds/G: 31.6
- Points/G: 72.2
- Field Goal %: 46.1
- 3-Point %: 35.8
- Free Throw %: 74.9
- Rebounds/G: 30.5
North Carolina Central vs North Dakota State 2019 March Madness Betting Trends
- Bison are 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
- Eagles are 7-1-2 ATS in their last 10 games
- Eagles are 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 games versus a team with a winning straight up record
- Bison are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up win
- Bison are 10-26-1 ATS in their last 37 non-conference games
Final Expert Prediction for North Carolina Central vs North Dakota State
North Dakota State is playing better than North Carolina Central, but the Eagles won their conference tournament and could push North Dakota State into playing their style of basketball.</p.
The Eagles prefer to take their time on offense, work the ball into the paint, and take high percentage shots. On defense, NCC holds opponents to only 31.3% from three and 43.4% from the field. The bottom line in this matchup is that North Carolina Central plays good enough defense for the 5 points to mean something. Taking the points is the way to go because North Dakota State isn’t that much better than NCC.
2019 March Madness Betting Pick: North Carolina Central +5