The Howard Bison (0-9) are off to a slow start and will try to pick up their first win when they go head-to-head against the Hampton Pirates (3-5) at Hampton Convocation Center. Action begins at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, December 5, 2019.
Howard Bison at Hampton Pirates Odds Preview
In the Bison’s last game, they fell to the Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers, 73-56. Howard’s Charles Williams had a good performance, leading the team in scoring with 13 points on 5-for-15 shooting. Mount St. Mary’s had an offensive rebounding percentage of 38.1 (above their season average of 29.2). Howard, on the other hand, held the Mountaineers to an effective field goal percentage of 0.462 (below the 0.603 mark opponents have averaged against Howard this season).
The Pirates are hoping for a better outcome after their 80-63 loss to the Richmond Spiders in their last outing. Ben Stanley was Hampton’s high scorer with 24 points on 10-for-14 shooting. Richmond’s 0.228 free throw rate was their biggest advantage over Hampton, who had a mark of 0.148. The Spiders’ mark was above their season average of 0.159, while the Pirates’ was below their season average of 0.234.
The Pirates won the sole contest against the Bison last season, 89-82. The Pirates played a nearly flawless game. They had a great free throw rate of 0.270 and an extraordinary offensive rebounding percentage of 33.3. For those same stats, the Bison were 0.186 and 26.8, respectively.
There should be plenty of transition action in this showdown that showcases a pair of the country’s more fast-breaking teams. Hampton ranks 20th in possessions per game (74.1) and Howard is 29th (73.4) since the 2018-19 season.
Howard at Hampton Odds Prediction
Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Hampton, ATS Winner – Hampton, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2018-Present):
The Pirates rank 152nd in steals per game (6.3) while the Bison rank 232nd (5.5).
Howard ranks 96th in blocked shots (3.8 per game) while Hampton ranks 175th in blocks allowed per game (3.5).
Hampton ranks 25th in rebounds per game (39.3) while Howard ranks 322nd in rebounds allowed per game (39.7).
The Pirates average 14.2 assists per game, which ranks 96th in the NCAA. The Bison rank 300th in assists allowed per game (15.5).
Hampton ranks 121st in three pointers attempted per game (23.2) while Howard ranks 251st (19.9).