North Carolina A&T vs. Howard - 3/11/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Howard Bison (4-28) at North Carolina A&T Aggies (16-15)
College Basketball: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Norfolk Scope Arena)
The Line: North Carolina A&T Aggies -10.5 -- Over/Under: 149.5
The Howard Bison and the North Carolina A&T Aggies meet in a MEAC tournament quarter-final matchup from the Norfolk Scope Arena on Wednesday night.
The Howard Bison come into this game fresh off of their 70-63 win over South Carolina State on Tuesday night. Charles Williams leads Howard in scoring with 18.3 PPG while Wayne Bristol Jr. is 2nd in scoring with 12.5 PPG. Nate Garvey has 9.6 PPG and Kyle Foster has 9.1 PPG while Khalil Robinson and Zion Cousins each have 6.8 PPG this season with Cousins adding a team-high 7 RPG and Robinson dishing out a team-high 3.9 APG this season. As a team, Howard is averaging 69.6 points on 41.9% shooting from the field, 34.5% from 3-point range and 69.1% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 81.7 points on 47.1% shooting from the field and 35.7% from 3-point range this season.
The North Carolina A&T Aggies come into the conference tournament as the #2-seed, finishing the year with a 12-4 mark in conference play as part of their 16-15 overall record this season. Ronald Jackson leads the Aggies with 14.7 PPG and 10.3 RPG as North Carolina A&T’s lone double-digit scorer while Kameron Langley has 9.7 PPG and a team-high 7.7 APG this season. As a team, North Carolina A&T is averaging 71.8 points on 42.8% shooting from the field, 29.7% from 3-point range and 60.6% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 71.9 points on 41.5% shooting from the field and 28.6% from 3-point range this season.
I considered Howard and the points as the Bison only lost to the Aggies by four points earlier this season. However, that doesn't change the fact that Howard has still won just four games all year long, and North Carolina A&T remains one of the best in the MEAC. We've seen other tournaments where the lower seed has had a game to shake off rust while the rested higher seed has gotten off to a slow start, but I just don't think that ends up being the case here, so I'll lay the points with North Carolina A&T here.