The Mid-Eastern Conference Tourney contest between the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (16-14, 10-6 MEAC) and the Morgan State Bears (15-16, 9-7 MEAC) will take place at Norfolk Scope Arena. Bethune-Cookman is a 2-point favorite on the opening line, while the game’s Over/Under (O/U) opened at 143.5 points. Action begins at 6 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 12, 2020.
Morgan State Bears vs. Bethune-Cookman Wildcats ATS Preview
In the Bears’ last outing, they lost to the Norfolk State Spartans, 68-62. Morgan State’s Malik Miller had a good performance, contributing 13 points and 10 rebounds. Norfolk State did a terrific job of converting from the free throw line (24-25; 96.0 percent). Morgan State, on the other hand, had an offensive rebounding percentage of 41.9 (above their season average of 34.8). The two teams combined to score 130 points, which came in under the O/U total of 135.5.
Although the Wildcats topped the Florida A&M Rattlers in their last game, 72-70, they were unable to cover as 5-point favorites. Bethune-Cookman was lifted by Cletrell Pope, who was the top scorer from either team with 20 points on 9-for-13 shooting. Bethune-Cookman played a nearly flawless contest. They had a ridiculous offensive rebounding percentage of 35.7 (above their season average of 30.6) and a turnover percentage of 18.8 (worse than their season average of 17.7). Florida A&M was 28.9 and 23.0, respectively, for those same stats. The two teams collectively scored 142 points, which finished under the O/U total of 147.
Of Morgan State’s 28 games with betting action, 15 have finished under the projected point total, while 14 of Bethune-Cookman’s 26 games have finished under the O/U total. Both teams have very similar records straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS). The Bears are 15-16 SU and 12-15-1 ATS, while the Wildcats are 16-14 SU and 12-14 ATS.
Both teams have had a player heat up over their last five games. For the Bears, it’s been Stanley Davis, who has averaged 14 points,6.4 rebounds,3.8 assists,1.4 steals, while the Wildcats have received solid contributions from Malik Maitland (12 points,3.2 assists,1.8 steals).
There should be plenty of transition action in this contest that features a pair of the nation’s more fast-paced teams. Bethune-Cookman ranks 11th in possessions per game (75.3) and Morgan State is 57th (71.8). Additionally, the Bears rank 19th in offensive rebounding percentage (35.1 percent), while the Wildcats rank 273rd in defensive rebounding percentage (70.1 percent).
Morgan State vs. Bethune-Cookman ATS Prediction
College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Bethune-Cookman, ATS Winner – Bethune-Cookman, O/U – Over
The Wildcats rank 235th in three pointers attempted per game (19.2) while the Bears rank 262nd (18.2).
Morgan State ranks 24th in rebounds per game (39.5) while Bethune-Cookman ranks 266th in rebounds allowed per game (38.4).
The Wildcats rank 68th in steals per game (7.2) while the Bears rank 170th in steals allowed per game (6.8).
Morgan State ranks 49th in blocks per game (4.2) while Bethune-Cookman ranks 136th (3.0).
Bethune-Cookman is 2-3 ATS with 4 unders and 1 push in its last five games.
Across its past five outings, Morgan State is 2-3 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs.
The Wildcats’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 5.4, up from 2.4 for the season.
During their last five games, the Bears have scored an average of 70.4 points per game (0.0 above their season average) and allowed an average of 70.8 points per game (0.1 below their season average).