North Carolina Central (25-8) vs. UC Davis (22-12) Prediction & Game Preview
NCAA Tournament: North Carolina Central vs. UC Davis fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Wednesday, March 15
Game Time: 6:40 ET
Venue: University of Dayton Arena, Dayton, OH
All You Really Need To Know About UC Davis
(Big West), RPI: 166, 16 seed
The Aggies fought their way through the MEAC tournament – and got over the ugly 79-49 blowout to UC Irving a few weeks ago – to get in, but they’ll need a miracle to keep a game close. They can’t shoot from the outside, don’t move the ball around well enough, and turn it over too often, but they can play a little bit of defense and they’ll hit the boards really, really hard. They can’t get involved in a shootout against anyone who can hit from the outside or go on a run.
All You Really Need To Know About North Carolina Central
(MEAC), RPI: 202, 16 seed
The MEAC champs bring a whole lot of thump to the defense, beating Missouri on the road early in the season and staying close in losses to Ohio State and LSU. Yeah, they lost eight games, but none of them were by double-digits after the opening night at Marshall. They do it by attacking the glass, playing nasty D inside and out, and by not making a slew of big mistakes. They don’t shoot from the outside, but they’re able to attack from everywhere. There’s absolutely no size, but Patrick Cole and Dajuan Graf form a dangerous 1-2 offensive punch.
What’s Going To Happen
They play similar styles, but the Eagles are better at it. They’re better on the boards, can shoot better, and play better defense. The team that moves the ball around better and can get out of the defensive muck will pull this off – that’s the NC Central. UC Davis might be playing well and finding ways to win, but they’ve been doing it by the skin of its teeth, while the Eagles should be able to come up with a few extra good possessions late.
Fearless Prediction & Line
NC Central 71, UC Davis 65
Line: NC Central -3.5
ATS Confidence: 2.5
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