The Morgan State Bears and Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks meet Thursday in the college basketball MEAC Tournament Quarterfinal at the Norfolk Scope Arena. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The Morgan State Bears are averaging 75.3 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 72.1 points on 43.7 percent shooting. Isaiah Burke is averaging 18.7 points and 2.4 rebounds, while Malik Miller is averaging 17.5 points and 9.8 rebounds. Khalil Turner is dishing 1.9 assists and Will Thomas is grabbing 4 rebounds. The Morgan State Bears are shooting 36.9 percent from beyond the arc and 68.9 percent from the free throw line. The Morgan State Bears are allowing 31.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.6 rebounds per game.
The Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks are averaging 69.9 points on 43 percent shooting and allowing 66.1 points on 43.5 percent shooting. Kevon Voyles is averaging 13.2 points and 2.9 rebounds, while Zion Styles is averaging 11.6 points and 3.5 rebounds. Da’Shawn Phillip is the third double-digit scorer and Nathaniel Pollard Jr. is grabbing 8.2 rebounds. The Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks are shooting 32.5 percent from beyond the arc and 71.6 percent from the free throw line. The Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks are allowing 32.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29.7 rebounds per game.
The Bears are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 Thursday games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Hawks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games and 15-6-2 ATS in their last 23 games overall. The over is 9-3 in Bears last 12 Thursday games. The under is 5-0 in Hawks last 5 overall. The underdog is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
The Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks are the better team and should be favored, but Morgan State did beat the Hawks on the road a couple of weeks ago as 8.5 point underdogs. Morgan State has seen 9 of its 12 covers come in non home games this season. I'll take a shot with the points and the Morgan State Bears.