Florida A&M Rattlers (8-24) at Hampton Pirates (17-14)
College Basketball: Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 6:00 pm (Norfolk Scope Arena)
The Line: Hampton Pirates -9 -- Over/Under: 148.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Florida A&M Rattlers and Hampton Pirates will square off at Norfolk Scope Arena this Wednesday night in the quarterfinals of the MEAC Men’s Tournament.
The 9-seed Florida A&M Rattlers improved to 9-24 on the season and stayed alive in the MEAC Men’s Tournament after defeating the 8-seed Howard Bison, 88-78, yesterday afternoon. Florida A&M led by a 40-36 margin at halftime and pulled away in the 2nd half after a 9-0 Rattlers run gave Florida A&M a 79-67 lead with 3:38 left in regulation. Florida A&M shot 50.0% from the field and 69.2% (9-13) from beyond the arc in the win. Leading the way for the Rattlers was Elijah Mayes who had 27 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, Florida A&M is averaging 68.8 ppg on 42.0% shooting from the field. The Rattlers are averaging 6.4 three-pointers per game on 35.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Florida A&M has been led by Desmond Williams (17.9 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.1 spg), Marcus Barham (17.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.9 apg), Elijah Mayes (11.3 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 2.9 apg), and Isaiah Martin (8.1 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.2 bpg). Defensively, Florida A&M is allowing their opponents to average 79.1 ppg on 47.7% shooting from the field. The Rattlers have a rebound margin of -6.8 and a turnover margin of -0.5.
The Hampton Pirates finished their regular season with a 17-14 overall record and earned the top-seed in the MEAC Men’s Tournament after finishing conference play with a 12-4 record. Hampton played their best basketball of the season down the stretch after finishing the year winning 11 of their last 12 games. Hampton has been led by their offense that ranks 78th in scoring offense, 94th in assists per game, and 9th in FT%. On the season, Hampton is averaging 77.6 ppg on 45.2% shooting from the field. The Pirates are averaging 5.6 three-pointers per game on 31.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Hampton has been led by Jermaine Marrow (19.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 5.4 apg, 1.2 spg), Malique Trent-Street (13.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.8 spg), Kalin Fisher (12.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.1 apg), and Greg Heckstall (8.4 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.0 apg). Defensively, Hampton is allowing their opponents to average 73.9 ppg on 41.9% shooting from the field. The Pirates have a rebound margin of 1.8 and a turnover margin of -0.1.
The Rattlers are 6-14 ATS in their last 20 games overall and just 1-4 ATS in thier last 5 games following a straight up win. The Pirates are 10-4 ATS in thier last 14 games vs. MEAC opponents and 9-4 ATS in thier last 13 neutral site games.
Hampton won their only matchup against Florida A&M as the Pirates won a close 75-71 game at home in late January.
Florida A&M was impressive on the offensive end in their opening matchup against Howard and should have the opporunitiy to put up some points again as the Hampton defense is ranked just t-221st in scoring defense. Hampton is a good team that has done nothing but win down the stretch, however, the Rattlers gave the Pirates a game in their only matchup eariler this season, and as Hampton wasn't overly impressive away from home this season, posting just a 6-11 combined record in away/netural site games, I think Florida A&M will be able to cover with the points.