Hampton Pirates vs Howard Bison Prediction, 12/18/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Hampton Pirates vs Howard Bison
Date: Friday, December 18, 2020
Location: Burr Gymnasium in Washington, DC
Odds/Point Spread: Hampton (-4.5)
The Hampton Pirates (1-3) head to Burr Gymnasium on Friday where they'll meet the Howard Bison (0-4). Howard opens this game as 4.5-point dogs. The over/under has been set at 153.5.
Hampton heads into this matchup with a win-loss mark of 1-3 on the season. The Pirates are connecting on 29.6% on shots from 3-point land (29 of 98) and 64.8% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 67.0 points per game (253rd in the nation) while going 38.8% from the field. They cough up possession 14.3 times per game and as a squad are committing 18.8 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Hampton is collecting 35.0 boards per game and has accounted for 51 assists so far this year, which has them ranked 246th in Division 1 in terms of passing the ball. When they are on the defensive end, the Pirates are forcing 16.0 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 13.8 personal fouls. The Pirates are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 49.1% (111 of 226) and they surrender 40.8 rebounds per game as a unit. They are 110th in the country in allowing assists to their opponents with 53 relinquished so far this year. They are giving up 38.4% on 3-pointers and they are 273rd in college hoops in points per game allowed (77.0).
The Hampton Pirates faced the William & Mary Tribe and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 75-58 in their last contest. Hampton ended the contest with a 43.1% FG percentage (25 out of 58) and made 1 of their 7 shots from 3-point land. When they shot from the free throw line, the Pirates made 7 of 13 attempts for a rate of 53.8%. With regard to grabbing rebounds, they collected 28 with 8 of them being offensive. They also dished out 10 assists for this game in addition to earning 7 steals and 10 rejections. Regarding defense, Hampton allowed the other team to go 43.1% from the field on 25 of 58. William & Mary totaled 14 assists and 5 steals for the matchup. In addition, the Tribe grabbed 32 rebounds (9 offensive, 23 defensive) and had 10 blocks. William & Mary ended up going 51.7% at the charity stripe by converting 15 of their 29 attempts. They also made 10 of their 17 tries from distance.
Russell Dean is one player who came through in the matchup. He notched 18 points on 7 out of 16 shooting. He played for 38 minutes and totaled 2 rebounds. Dean finished the game at 43.8% from the field and also dished out 8 assists. An additional guy that saw the court a lot in the matchup for the Pirates was Marquis Godwin. He pulled down 4 boards and also earned 2 dimes. He went 42.9% from the field in the game by shooting 6-of-14 (12 points). In all, Godwin played 38 minutes.
Howard has a win-loss mark of 0-4 so far this year. The Bison are responsible for committing 19.0 fouls every game while shooting 69.9% from the charity stripe. They are assisting teammates 14.8 times per game (112th in college basketball) and they are giving up possession 14.0 times per game. Howard has scored 282 pts for the year (70.5 per contest) and they pull in 33.3 rebounds per game. As an offense, the Bison are connecting on 42.4% from the floor, which ranks them 260th in college hoops. The Bison on the defensive end are ranked 316th in college hoops in points allowed per game with 87.0. The Howard defense gives up 39.4% on shots from distance (43 of 109) and their opponents are connecting on 62.4% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have surrendered 19.3 assists and 40.5 boards per game, which ranks them 322nd and 290th in the country. They are forcing 9.0 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 48.8% from the field (307th in the country).
In their last game, the Howard Bison took a defeat with a final score of 84-63 when they faced the Bellarmine Knights. The Bison collected 16 defensive boards and 4 offensive boards totaling 20 for this contest. They also rejected 3 tries while recording 6 steals in this matchup. The Knights earned 19 fouls for the contest which got the Bison to the free throw line for a total of 20 shots. They were able to bury 12 of the free throw tries for a rate of 60.0%. In terms of shots from downtown, Howard buried 11 out of 31 tries (35.5%). In all, the Bison went 20 out of 52 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 38.5%. The Bison allowed the Knights to convert 29 of their 55 attempts from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 52.7% for the game. They went 47.6% from 3-point land by going 10 out of 21 and finished the contest at 16 out of 23 from the free throw line (69.6%). In relation to how they cleaned up the glass, Howard permitted Bellarmine to collect 35 in total (8 on the offensive glass).
William Settle ended up playing a lot for the Bison in the matchup. He converted 8 out of 21 for the contest giving him a rate of 38.1%, which got him 23 points. Settle grabbed 3 rebounds in his 35 mins and had 2 assists for this contest. Another guy that ended up being a major factor for Howard was Kyle Foster. He ended up walking away with 16 points in 32 minutes played by way of 4 of 11 from the floor for this game. Foster walked away from this one going 36.4% from the field and also contributing 2 assists and 2 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Howard (+4.5)
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