NC Central vs. North Dakota State Basketball Betting Picks (First Four)
Posted by: Mike Davis
The year’s college basketball betting action is finally heating up as we approach the start of the 2019 NCAA Tournament. Naturally the First Four will be the first contests that players will be able to wager on. The First Four matchups will commence on Tuesday and will finish on Wednesday. Here we’ll be taking a look at the NC Central vs. North Dakota State Basketball matchup. So what kind of March Madness betting action does this contest offer?
NC Central vs. North Dakota State Basketball – Wed., March 20th
When: 6:40 pm ET
Where: UD Arena, Dayton, Ohio
TV: Tru TV
Stream: Tru TV Live
College Basketball Betting Odds:
North Carolina Central Eagles
The Eagles turned in an 18-15 record this season. In addition, the Eagles managed to post a 10-6 record in MEAC play, which led to a 3rd place ranking in the conference. All in all it was an up and down season for the program. At time they would string together some minor win streaks and at others they would concede several losses. Nevertheless, the team managed to hang on and put together a surprising run towards the end of the season. It was this run that allowed them to win the MEAC Men’s Tournament and ultimately allowed them to enter these First Four matchups. So what kind of odds is North Carolina Central facing here?
Well the college basketball betting odds are pegging them as an underdog here. Notwithstanding those odds, what do the numbers predict? All things considered, they actually favor the Eagles a bit. This is because North Carolina Central is giving up 66.3 per game while the Bison allots 72.2. Offensively things are pretty even with NC Central putting up 71.4 and ND State delivering 73.2.
Players to Watch: Raasean Davis (14.6 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 0.5 apg), Jibri Blount (10.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.7 apg), and Larry McKnight Jr. (9.4 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.0 apg).
North Dakota State Bison
The Bison finished this year’s regular season action with an 18-15 record. Additionally, the program managed to post a 9-7 record in Summit conference play. This surprisingly led to a 3rd place ranking in the conference rankings. And despite finishing the season with a 1-3 record in their final 4 games of the season, North Dakota State was able to take the conference tournament by storm. Now that they’re in the big show, the Bison will do all they can to get this win. The odds think they can but NC Central is no pushover.
Players to Watch: Vinnie Shahid (12.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.7 apg), Tyson Ward (12.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.3 apg), and Deng Geu (9.9 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 0.6 apg).
NC Central vs. North Dakota State Basketball Betting Predictions
NC Central vs. North Dakota State Basketball Betting Picks
So which side should legal betting fans take in this NC Central vs. North Dakota State basketball matchup? This one is a bit of a tossup but North Carolina Central looks like the better option. They have a better defense and they’re odds are quite favorable. Sign up today to make your online betting prediction!
Score Prediction: 72-68 North Carolina Central.