The Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons and the Norfolk State Spartans link up in the 2024 CBI Championship Game on Wednesday. Purdue Fort Wayne topped Tarleton State 73-72 in the semis on Monday. On the other side, the Spartans have won four of their past five games and they blew out Alabama A&M 81-66 in the semifinals.

Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. ET at Echols Hall, the home gym for Norfolk State. The Mastodons are 1.5-point favorites in the latest PFW vs. Norfolk State odds via SportsLine consensus, while the over/under is 145.5. Before making any Norfolk State vs. Purdue Fort Wayne picks, you need to check out the college basketball analysis from the SportsLine Projection Model

The model simulates every Div. I college basketball game 10,000 times. It enters the Sweet 16 round of the 2024 NCAA tournament on a 152-109 roll on all top-rated college basketball picks dating back to last season, returning more than $1,800 for $100 players. It also has a strong 32-21 (+890) record on top-rated spread picks this season, and it called 13 Sweet 16 teams this year. Anyone following it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Purdue Fort Wayne vs. Norfolk State and just locked in its predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Here are several college basketball odds and betting lines and trends for Norfolk State vs. Purdue Fort Wayne:

  • Purdue Fort Wayne vs. Norfolk State spread: Mastodons -1.5
  • Purdue Fort Wayne vs. Norfolk State over/under: 145.5 points
  • Purdue Fort Wayne vs. Norfolk State money line: Mastodons -123, Spartans +103
  • PFW: 19-13-1 ATS this season 
  • NORF: 13-17 ATS this season 
  • Purdue Fort Wayne vs. Norfolk State picks: See picks at SportsLine

Why Purdue Fort Wayne can cover

Junior guard Rasheed Bello gives his team strong ball handler. Bello scans the floor to get his teammates involved but creates his own shot with ease. He averages 15 points, 2.9 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game. In his last outing, Bello notched 21 points, three assists and three steals.

Senior guard Anthony Roberts is a two-way force. Roberts has a knack for jumping into passing lanes while also constantly getting into the paint to create high-percentage shots. He logs 13.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. On Mar. 20 against Bowling Green, Roberts had 17 points and two boards. See which team to back at SportsLine

Why Norfolk State can cover

Junior guard Jamarii Thomas has been one of the main contributors for the Spartans. Thomas is a three-level scorer who has solid court vision to get his teammates involved. He logs 17.1 points, 3.8 assists and makes 39% of his 3-point attempts. On Mar. 15 versus Howard, Thomas finished with 14 points, four assists and four steals.

Senior guard Allen Betrand gives a spark off the bench. Betrand is at his best when he's attacking downhill but has a jumper to knock down perimeter shots if left open. The Pennsylvania native logs 11.4 points, 2.9 rebounds and shoots 46% from the floor. In the win over Alabama A&M, Betrand notched 16 points, three boards and two assists. See which team to back at SportsLine

How to make Norfolk State vs. Purdue Fort Wayne picks

SportsLine's model is leaning Over on the total, projecting the teams to combine for 149 points. The model also says one side of the spread is the better value. You can see the picks only at SportsLine

So who wins Purdue Fort Wayne vs. Norfolk State, and which side of the spread is the better value? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the model on a 152-109 roll on its top-rated college basketball picks, and find out.