Norfolk State @ Tennessee State
Current Records: Norfolk State 2-0; Tennessee State 0-1
What to Know
The Tennessee State Tigers will square off against the Norfolk State Spartans at 4 p.m. ET Saturday at State Farm Arena. Coming off of a loss in a game they were expected to win, Tennessee State now face the more daunting task of proving themselves against unfavorable odds.
The Tigers came up short against the Alabama A&M Bulldogs on Tuesday, falling 82-73.
Meanwhile, Norfolk State simply couldn’t be stopped on Thursday, as they easily beat the Penn State-Wilkes-Barre Nittany Lions at home 111-55.
Tennessee State is now 0-1 while Norfolk State sits at 2-0. A couple last-season defensive numbers to keep in mind before tip-off: Tennessee State is 41st worst in college basketball in points allowed per game, with 74 on average. The Spartans’ defense has more to brag about, as they they have been holding their opponents to a field goal percentage of 30.40%, which places them 17th in college basketball. So the cards are definitely stacked in their favor.
How To Watch
When: Saturday at 4 p.m. ETWhere: State Farm Arena — Atlanta, GeorgiaFollow: CBS Sports App
The Spartans are a 3.5-point favorite against the Tigers, according to the latest college basketball odds.
The line has drifted a bit towards the Spartans, as the game opened with the Spartans as a 1.5-point favorite.
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This is the first time these teams have played each other within the last six years.