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Coppin State Eagles @ Norfolk State Spartans

Current Records: Coppin State 2-26, Norfolk State 21-10

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Norfolk State has enjoyed a two-game homestand but will soon have to dust off their road jerseys. They and the Coppin State Eagles are set to clash at 6:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday at Norfolk Scope Arena in a MEAC postseason contest. Coppin State took a loss in their last matchup and will be looking to turn the tables on Norfolk State, who comes in off a win.

Norfolk State's and Howard's contest on Thursday was close at halftime, but Norfolk State turned on the heat in the second half with 48 points. Everything went the Spartans' way against the Bison as the Spartans made off with a 77-58 victory. That's two games straight that Norfolk State has won by exactly 19 points.

Multiple players turned in solid performances to lead Norfolk State to victory, but perhaps none more so than Jamarii Thomas, who scored 16 points along with six rebounds. Thomas didn't help Norfolk State's cause all that much against Tennessee back in January but the same can't be said for this contest. The team also got some help courtesy of Jaylani Darden, who scored four points along with nine rebounds and six assists.

Meanwhile, Coppin State's recent rough patch got a bit rougher on Thursday after their 12th straight defeat. They took a 78-60 bruising from the Bears. Coppin State found out winning isn't easy when your shooting is a whole 21.6% worse than the opposition.

The loss doesn't tell the whole story though, as several players had good games. One of the most active was Malik Battle, who scored 15 points. He continues to roll, besting his previous point total in each of the last three games he's played.

The Spartans' win was their 13th straight at home, which pushed their record up to 21-10. Those good results were due in large part to their offensive dominance across that stretch, as they averaged 84.8 points per game. As for the Eagles, they have not been sharp recently as the team's lost 19 of their last 20 matchups, which put a noticeable dent in their 2-26 record this season.

Norfolk State is hoping to beat the odds on Wednesday, as the experts think they're headed for a loss. This contest will be their 12th straight as the favorites (so far over this stretch they are 2-9 against the spread).

Norfolk State skirted past Coppin State 68-66 in their previous meeting back in February. Will Norfolk State repeat their success, or does Coppin State have a better game plan this time around? We'll find out soon enough.


Norfolk State is a big 13.5-point favorite against Coppin State, according to the latest college basketball odds.

The oddsmakers were right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 13.5-point spread, and stayed right there.

The over/under is 130 points.

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Series History

Norfolk State has won 8 out of their last 10 games against Coppin State.

  • Feb 24, 2024 - Norfolk State 68 vs. Coppin State 66
  • Jan 27, 2024 - Norfolk State 68 vs. Coppin State 58
  • Mar 09, 2023 - Norfolk State 73 vs. Coppin State 56
  • Feb 20, 2023 - Coppin State 69 vs. Norfolk State 62
  • Jan 21, 2023 - Norfolk State 96 vs. Coppin State 65
  • Mar 12, 2022 - Norfolk State 72 vs. Coppin State 57
  • Feb 19, 2022 - Norfolk State 89 vs. Coppin State 59
  • Jan 22, 2022 - Norfolk State 84 vs. Coppin State 77
  • Feb 08, 2021 - Coppin State 74 vs. Norfolk State 64
  • Feb 07, 2021 - Norfolk State 84 vs. Coppin State 72