Howard Bison at Hampton Pirates ATS Prediction 12/22/18

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Expect a fast-paced game when the Howard Bison (6-6) head to Hampton to take on the Pirates (4-7). Action gets underway at 5 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 22, 2018.

Howard Bison at Hampton Pirates Betting Odds

Both teams easily got past their last opponent. The Pirates defeated the Mid-Atlantic Christian Mustangs 110-58, while the Bison beat the Washington Adventist Shock 115-91.

Howard dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had an effective field goal percentage of 0.564 and a turnover percentage of 10.1. For those same stats, Washington Adventist was 0.419 and 13.6, respectively. Meanwhile, Hampton dominated every stat category in their game. They had a free throw rate of 0.222 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.568. Mid-Atlantic Christian was 0.036 and 0.327, respectively, for those same stats. Jermaine Marrow was a key piece for Hampton with 22 points, six assists and five rebounds. Meanwhile, Chad Lott led the way for Howard, contributing 27 points and eight rebounds.

The Pirates won the sole contest between these two teams last year, 95-81. Hampton made eight of their 15 three pointers (53.3 percent), while Howard was 6-22 (27.3 percent). This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams.

The Bison’s RJ Cole has been playing at a high level over his last five games, averaging 0 points per game. Meanwhile, Marrow has averaged 0 points during that same time frame for the Pirates.

There could be a fair amount of transition action in this contest that features two of the NCAA’s more up-and-down teams. Hampton ranks 36th in possessions per game (76.1) and Howard is 12th (77.3). Additionally, the Bison rank 18th in turnover percentage (15.6 percent), while the Pirates rank 272nd in opponents’ turnover percentage (18.0 percent).

Howard Bison at Hampton Pirates Betting Pick

Free College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Hampton, O/U – Over

Betting Notes:

  • Hampton averages 42.6 rebounds per game, which ranks 22nd in the country. Howard ranks 238th in rebounds allowed per game (41.0).
  • The Bison are 24th in the country with 4.9 steals allowed per game while the Pirates are 56th with 5.5 steals allowed per game.
  • The Pirates average 12.6 assists per game, which ranks 95th in the NCAA. The Bison rank 187th in assists allowed per game (15.3).
  • Howard averages 4.8 blocks per game, which ranks 35th in the NCAA. Hampton ranks 113th in blocks allowed per game (5.0).

Bettings Trends:

  • During their last five games, the Bison have scored an average of 91.8 points per game (9.0 above their season average) and allowed an average of 71.8 points per game (8.6 below their season average).
  • The Pirates’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 3.0, down from 7.9 for the season.