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Howard vs Coppin State 3/9/22 College Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds

Coppin State Eagles (7-22) vs. Howard Bison (16-12)
March 9, 2022 8:00 pm EDT
The Line: Howard Bison -8 / Coppin State Eagles +8; Over/Under: -150.5
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The Coppin State Eagles and the Howard Bison meet in college basketball action from the Norfolk Scope Arena on Wednesday night.

The Coppin State Eagles will enter the conference tournament as the #7 seed, finishing the year at 7-22 overall, including a 6-8 mark in MEAC play this season. Jesse Zarzuela leads the Eagles in scoring and assists with 14.6 PPG and 3.1 APG along with 3.1 RPG while Tyree Corbett has 13 PPG with a team-high 8.8 RPG to lead the Eagles on the glass. Nendah Tarke has 13.1 PPG with 6.9 RPG to make up the trio of double-digit scorers for Coppin State up to this point in the season. As a team, Coppin State is averaging 67.1 PPG on 38.6% shooting from the field, 29.7% from three and 68.5% from the foul line while allowing 75.4 PPG on 42.2% shooting from the field and 35.4% from three this season.

The Howard Bison will come into the tournament as the #2 seed, finishing the year at 16-12 overall, including a 9-5 mark in conference play on the year. Kyle Foster leads the Bison in scoring with 16.1 PPG with 4 RPG while Steve Settle III has 13.8 PPG with 4.8 RPG. Elijah Hawkins has 13 PPG with 3.7 RPG with a team-high 5.7 APG to lead the Bison in the assist department and to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for Howard this season. Tai Bibbs has 8.6 PPG and Randall Brumant has 9.4 PPG with a team-high 5.2 RPG to lead the Bison on the glass. As a team, Howard is averaging 77.1 PPG on 44.5% shooting from the field, 36.5% from three and 74.3% from the foul line while allowing 70 PPG on 42.8% shooting from the field and 33% from three this season.

Coppin State is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog and 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 7-2 in their last 9 games as an underdog. Howard is 1-7-1 ATS in their last 9 games against a team with a losing record and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games against a team with a winning percentage below .400 while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 Wednesday games.

I get why Howard’s favored here, as Coppin State’s had defensive issues for much of the year and Howard’s got the better record by a fair margin. However, Coppin State picked up a pair of covers in the two meetings between the two this season and I just think that this could be a game where spot where Howard wins, but Coppin State once again sneaks in the backdoor to cover.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: Coppin State +8

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