The Big South Conference Tourney contest between the Winthrop Eagles (23-10, 17-3 BigSou) and the Hampton Pirates (15-18, 10-10 BigSou) will take place at Winthrop Coliseum. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 8, 2020, and it can be seen on ESPN.
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The last time the Pirates played, they beat the Radford Highlanders, 86-78. Jermaine Marrow was the top scorer from either team with 36 points on 11-for-20 shooting. The Pirates had a superb turnover percentage of 9.5 (better than their season average of 14.5) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.661 (above their season average of 0.508).
The Eagles come in on a high note after topping the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs in their last matchup, 78-66. Winthrop was lifted by Hunter Hale, who was the top scorer from either team with 28 points on 6-for-14 shooting. Winthrop dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had an absurd free throw rate of 0.364 (above their season average of 0.220) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.527 (below their season average of 0.540). For those same stats, Gardner-Webb was 0.263 and 0.447, respectively.
The high-octane offense of Winthrop will square off against the porous defense of Hampton. The Eagles rank 17th in offensive efficiency, while the Pirates are 340th in defensive efficiency. The Eagles should have the edge on that side of the ball. Also, the Pirates rank 22nd in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.284), while the Eagles rank 306th in opponents’ FTA rate (0.278).
Both teams have had a player trending in the right direction over their last five games. For the Pirates, it’s been Jermaine Marrow, who has averaged 29 points,7.0 assists,1.2 steals, while the Eagles have gotten solid contributions from Hunter Hale (19 points,2.0 steals).
Hampton Pirates at Winthrop Eagles Odds Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Winthrop, ATS Winner – Winthrop, O/U – Under
Winthrop ranks 22nd in three pointers attempted per game (27.5) while Hampton ranks 247th (18.6).
The Eagles’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 11.6, up from 9.9 for the season.
During their last five games, the Pirates have scored an average of 81.6 points per game (3.8 above their season average) and allowed an average of 76.6 points per game (2.7 below their season average).