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Hampton Pirates vs. South Carolina State Bulldogs - 3/12/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

South Carolina State Bulldogs (19-13) at Hampton Pirates (20-10)

College Basketball: Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 1:00 pm (Norfolk Scope Arena)

The Line: Hampton Pirates -3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The Hampton Pirates look for another MEAC crown when they oppose the South Carolina State Bulldogs with a trip to the BCAA’s at stake.

The Hampton Pirates are in another MEAC title game after dominating both ends of the floor in an 89-55 rout of Savannah State in the semifinals. The Pirates were up nine at the break before cutting loose over the final 20 minutes. The Tigers were limited to 35.8% from the floor while Hampton fired away at 58% including an 11-15 mark on threes with ten more baskets. The Pirates received 18 points from Reginald Johnson Jr. with Quinton Chievous adding 15 points and 13 rebounds with the pair going 10-17 from the floor. Brian Darden tossed in 14 points  on 5-10 while Dionte Adams and Lawrence Cooks combined for 19 points as the starters did most of the damage.

Hampton Pirates vs. South Carolina State Bulldogs - 3/12/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The South Carolina State Bulldogs appeared to be in cruise control with a 14 point lead heading to the locker room versus Norfolk State. However the Spartans came roaring back only to fall short in the closing seconds as a 4.5 point favorite to fall 67-65. SCSU was easily the better shooting squad at 47%-39% which was good for three more baskets while the Spartans stayed close with four more free throws. The Bulldogs received 16 points and eight boards from Gabe McCray with Greg Mortimer scoring 14 points. Eric Eaves and Ed Stephens netted eleven points apiece as the Bulldogs balance was a tad better then the Spartans balance.

The under is 9-1 in South Carolina State last 10 neutral site games and is  19-7 in their last 26 overall. Hampton are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games overall and the over is 6-2-1 in their last 9 neutral site games. Both teams have similar numbers so I don’t see a huge line…

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South Carolina State +3

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