Quinnipiac Bobcats (15-15) at Monmouth Hawks (18-13)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 9:30 pm (Boardwalk Hall)
The Line: Monmouth Hawks -4 -- Over/Under: 147 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Monmouth Hawks and the Quinnipiac Bobcats meet in a tournament quarterfinal matchup in college basketball MAAC-tion from the Boardwalk Hall on Thursday night.
The Monmouth Hawks enter the conference tournament as the #4-seed, finishing the year with a 12-8 conference record as part of an 18-13 overall record this season. Deion Hammond leads Monmouth in scoring with 16.3 PPG while Ray Salnave has 14.5 PPG this season. Mustapha Traore has a team-high 5.5 RPG while Samuel Chaput has a team-high 3.5 APG this season. As a team, Monmouth is averaging 71.3 points on 41% shooting from the field, 33.4% from 3-point range and 72.1% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 70.6 points on 42.5% shooting from the field and 34.4% from 3-point range this season.
The Quinnipiac Bobcats come in representing the 5th seed, finishing the year with a 10-10 conference record as part of a 15-15 overall record this season. Rich Kelly leads the Bobcats in scoring and assists with 16.7 PPG and 4.5 APG this season while Kevin Marfo is averaging a double-double per game with 10.2 PPG and a team-high 13.3 RPG this season. Tyrese Williams is also chipping in 9.9 PPG this season. As a team, Quinnipiac is averaging 69.6 points on 41.7% shooting from the field, 35.7% from 3-point range and 76.2% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 70.7 points on 42.5% shooting from the field and 35.3% from 3-point line this season.
I’ve gone back and forth on this game as both sides split the regular season meetings, but the problem for me is that while Quinnipiac picked up wins down the stretch, the Bobcats just weren’t playing well for the last 7-8 games before that and I was getting burned left and right. Monmouth was playing better ball down the stretch than the Bobcats were and I just think that the Hawks laying the points is the better play here.