Longwood at Hampton
|Date & Time||Tuesday March 5, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
Convocation Center (VA)
Hampton Pirates -9 -- Over/Under: 148
The Longwood Lancers will travel to the Convocation Center (VA) to take on the Hampton Pirates this Tuesday night in the 1st round of the Big South Championship.
The Longwood Lancers finished their regular season with an overall record of 15-16 and earned the 9-seed in the Big South Men’s Championship after finishing conference play with a 5-11 record. Longwood finished the season with a decent defense that ranked 140th in scoring offense & 54th in defensive FG%, however, the Lancers really struggled offensively as they currently rank 267th in scoring offense & 290th in FG%. Longwood had an impressive victory this season, defeating Winthrop on the road by a 75-61 margin, however, the Lancers have struggled as of late as they come into this matchup on a three-game losing streak which included a 66-47 loss in their regular season finale against the Gardner-Webb Bulldogs.
On the season, Longwood is averaging 69.6 ppg on 42.1% shooting from the field. The Lancers are averaging 9.5 three-pointers per game on 34.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Longwood has been led by Isaiah Walton (17.8 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.4 spg), Shabooty Phillips (13.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.0 spg), JaShaun Smith (10.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg), and Jaylon Wilson (9.9 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.0 apg).
Defensively, Longwood is allowing their opponents to average 69.8 ppg on 41.2% shooting from the field. The Lancers have a rebound margin of 1.1 and a turnover margin of -1.4.
The Hampton Pirates finished their regular season with a 14-15 overall record and earned the 8-seed in the Big South Men’s Championship after finishing conference play with an overall record of 9-7. Hampton can struggle a bit defensively as they rank just 297th in scoring defense, however, the Pirates have been decent on putting points up on the scoreboard as they currently rank 21st in scoring offense, T-89th in three-pointers made per game, and 11th in FT%. Hampton has shown that they can beat the best of the Big South as they have wins over the top two seeds in Radford & Campbell and come into the conference tournament riding some solid momentum as the Pirates currently have a 4-game winning streak.
On the season, Hampton is averaging 82.0 ppg on 43.4% shooting from the field. The Pirates are averaging 8.6 three-pointers per game on 34.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Hampton has been led by Jermaine Marrow (25.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 5.1 apg, 1.7 spg), Kalin Fisher (16.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.1 apg, 2.1 spg), Akim Mitchell (9.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.0 spg), and Greg Heckstall (7.9 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.5 apg).
Defensively, Hampton is allowing their opponents to average 76.7 ppg on 42.8% shooting from the field. The Pirates have a rebound margin of 0.5 and a turnover margin of 2.0.
The Lancers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Tuesday games, however, are just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games. The Pirates are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 home games.
Hampton had no trouble defeating Longwood in both their match-ups this season as the Pirates defeated the Lancers by a 96-83 margin on the road and by an 86-66 margin at home.
Longwood strength has been their defense this season, however, the Lancers haven’t had any answers for the Pirates high-scoring offense this season and between the fact that Hampton is 9-3 at home this season and have been playing some of their best basketball of the season as of late, I’m taking the Pirates to cover this large home spread.