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Manhattan vs. Hampton - 3/17/15 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Hampton (16-17) vs. Manhattan (19-13)

College Basketball: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 6:40 pm (University of Dayton Arena)

The Line: Manhattan -7.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: TruTV

The Manhattan Jaspers and Hampton Pirates play Tuesday in the play-in game for the NCAA Tournament.

The Manhattan Jaspers won the MAAC and have won seven of their last eight. On the season, Manhattan is averaging 69.9 points on 43.4 percent shooting and is allowing 67.5 points on 43.6 percent shooting. Emmy Andujar is averaging 16.5 points and 7.6 rebounds while Ashton Pankey is averaging 13.5 points and 6.7 rebounds. Shane Richards is the third double-digit scorer and RaShawn Stores is dishing three assists. The Manhattan Jaspers have four players averaging at least 6.3 points, and they’re shooting 69.4 percent from the line and 34 percent from deep. Defensively, Manhattan is allowing 32.2 percent shooting from deep and has given up 65 or less points in four of its last six games.

Manhattan vs. Hampton - 3/17/15 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Hampton Pirates won the MEAC and have won four straight. On the season, Hampton is averaging 67.2 points on 40.8 percent shooting and is allowing 68 points on 41.3 percent shooting. Dwight Meikle is averaging 13 points and 7.5 rebounds while Reggie Johnson is averaging 11.9 points and 1.6 assists. Deron Powers is dishing 3.7 assists and Quinton Chievous is grabbing 6.2 rebounds. The Hampton Pirates have four double-digit scorers, and they’re shooting 65.2 percent from the line and 30.4 percent from deep. Defensively, Hampton is allowing 34.4 percent shooting from deep and has given up 71 or more points in four of its last six games.

The Pirates are 12-5 ATS in their last 17 non-conference games and 8-0 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Jaspers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. win. 

Hampton is just one of those teams that got hot at the right time and should be able to use that confidence here. Manhattan is the better team, but I expect the Pirates to keep it close. 

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