The Metro Atlantic Conference Tourney meeting between the Monmouth Hawks (18-13, 12-8 MAAC) and the Quinnipiac Bobcats (15-15, 10-10 MAAC) will be played at Boardwalk Hall. The Over/Under (O/U) for the game has been set at 147 points with Monmouth opening as a 4-point favorite. Action gets underway at 9:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 12, 2020.
Quinnipiac Bobcats vs. Monmouth Hawks Betting Preview
In the Bobcats’ last matchup, they edged the Iona Gaels, 69-68, despite being 6.5-point underdogs. With eight points, 18 rebounds and five assists, Kevin Marfo played well for Quinnipiac. The Bobcats held the Gaels to an offensive rebounding percentage of 15.0 (below their season average of 25.8) and had a turnover percentage of 9.5 (better than their season average of 18.1). The two teams combined to score 137 points, which came in under the O/U total of 148.
The Hawks failed to cover as 1.5-point favorites in their 86-72 loss to the Siena Saints in their last contest. Deion Hammond was the game’s high scorer with 27 points on 11-for-22 shooting. Siena had an offensive rebounding percentage of 42.3 (above their season average of 31.4). Monmouth, meanwhile, had a turnover percentage of 5.0 (better than their season average of 16.0). The two clubs combined to put up 158 points, which came in over the projected point total of 145.5.
It will be a showdown of contrasting tempos as the fast-breaking Hawks (ranked 57th in the country in possessions per game) will look to push the more methodical Bobcats (239th in possessions per game). Also, the Bobcats rank 263rd in turnover percentage (20.2 percent), while the Hawks rank 29th in opponents’ turnover percentage (22.7 percent).
In terms of the O/U total, these teams are complete opposites. Quinnipiac games have finished under 60.0 percent of the time, while games including Monmouth have gone over 61.3 percent of the time. The Hawks have the clear advantage straight up (SU) (18-13 vs. 15-15), but both teams are near the .500 mark against the spread (ATS).
Quinnipiac Bobcats vs. Monmouth Hawks Prediction
Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Monmouth, ATS Winner – Quinnipiac, O/U – Under
The Hawks rank 106th in assists allowed per game (12.0) while the Bobcats rank 241st (14.5).
Quinnipiac ranks 72nd in blocked shots (3.7 per game) while Monmouth ranks 123rd in blocks allowed per game (3.4).
Monmouth ranks 35th in steals per game (8.0) while Quinnipiac ranks 252nd (4.6).
The Bobcats rank seventh in three pointers attempted per game (29.0) while the Hawks rank 184th in three pointers allowed per game (22.2).
Quinnipiac averages 36.5 rebounds per game, which ranks 101st in the nation. Monmouth ranks 270th in rebounds allowed per game (38.3).
Monmouth is 3-2 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders in its last five games.
Across its last five outings, Quinnipiac is 3-2 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs.
The Hawks’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 5.8, up from 0.7 for the season.
During their last five games, the Bobcats have scored an average of 71.0 points per game (1.4 above their season average) and allowed an average of 70.2 points per game (0.5 below their season average).