Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Hampton Pirates - 3/19/14 CBI First Round
Hampton Pirates (18-12) at Penn State Nittany Lions (15-17)
College Basketball: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Bryce Jordan Center)
The Line: Penn State Nittany Lions -13 -- Over/Under: 145.5 See the Latest Odds
The Hampton Pirates and Penn State Nittany Lions will play Wednesday afternoon in the first round of the CBI tournament. Hampton finished second in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference with an 18-12 record, while Penn State finished 10th in the Big Ten with a 15-17 record.
Hampton is a team that doesn’t do anything particularly well, but has found ways to win games regardless. The Pirates average 73.2 points on 42 percent shooting and allow 70.3 points on 39.7 percent shooting. Senior forward Du’Vaughn Maxwell leads the Pirates with 15.2 points and 7.5 rebounds. Hampton shoots only 65.5 percent from the free throw line and 31.7 percent from beyond the arc. The strength of the Pirates is their rebounding, as Hampton averages 38.5 boards per game. The Hampton Pirates are 1-2 ATS overall this season.
Penn State was one of the weaker teams in arguably the strongest conference in college basketball. The Nittany Lions average 71.5 points on 43.3 percent shooting and allow 70.9 points on 41.4 percent shooting. Junior guard D.J. Newbill leads the team with 17.9 points per game on 45.9 percent shooting. The Nittany Lions shoot 74.7 percent from the free throw line and 31.8 percent from downtown. Rebounding wise, the Nittany Lions average 35 boards per game. Penn State is 14-14-1 ATS overall this season.
The Pirates are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a SU loss. The Nittany Lions are 9-2-1 ATS in their last 12 non-conference games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 home games.
Neither team does much all that well, but Penn State does a lot better job of not shooting itself in the foot. Hampton is a terrible free throw shooting team and averages 15 turnovers per contest. That’s not going to go well against the Nittany Lions, a disciplined team that’s faced some of the top competition all season long.
Give me Penn State and the chalk, please.