Morgan State Bears vs. Hampton Pirates - 2/16/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Hampton Pirates (10-14) at Morgan State Bears (7-18)
College Basketball: Monday, February 16, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Hill Field House)
The Line: Morgan State Bears -3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Morgan State Bears play host to the Hampton Pirates at Hill Field House in MEAC action Monday.
The Hampton Pirates hope to continue their winning streak after a long slump took them out of the chase for the MEAC crown. The Pirates had dropped six in a row before logging back to back victories after squeezing by Howard 73-69 in overtime. Howard connected at almost 41% with the Pirates struggling to only 34.5% but making the Bison pay for their 20 personals with a 22-27 perfomance at the stripe adding up to eleven more makes which was decisive. The tandem of Brian Darden and Deron Powers netted 18 points apiece on combined 9-22 shooting while Reginald Johnson followed with 15 points on 4-15 from the floor. Quinton Chievous tossed in eight points and snagged eight boards with Dwight Meikle and Jervon Pressley added six points each with Pressley grabbing eigh more rebounds.
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The Morgan State Bears are out of the hunt for the conference title but are looking to head in to the conference playoffs wih a full head of steam. It's been so far, so good on that front with the Bears looking to build on a three game winning streak following 73-70 victory against visiting Norfolk State on Saturday. Morgan State rallied from a six point deficit on the strength of a 45 point second half surge. The Bears won the shooting battle 43.6%-36% but the Spartans hung tough with a 30-19 edge at the charity stripe. Cedric Blossom led all scorers 19 points and five yanks on 5-12 from the field with Andrew Hampton netting 17 points on 6-7 from the floor. Rasean Simpson and Emmanuel Matey added nine and seven points with Matey posting eight assists wit nine players scoring overall.
The Pirates are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. Hampton are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600 and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Bears are 12-1 ATS in their last 13 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400 and 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 home games. Morgan State are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record and 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 home games vs. a team with a losing road record. This boils down to Hampton having a better defense which they'll need because the road is not their friend...