The Hampton Pirates (13-17, 8-9 BigSou) and USC Upstate Spartans (11-19, 6-11 BigSou) will battle at Hampton Convocation Center to bring the regular season to a close. Action starts at 4:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 29, 2020.
USC Upstate Spartans at Hampton Pirates ATS Preview
In the Spartans’ last outing, they lost to the Winthrop Eagles, 90-82. Tommy Bruner had a good performance for USC Upstate, finishing with 13 points and nine assists. Winthrop held the Spartans to an offensive rebounding percentage of 17.1 (below their season average of 26.8). USC Upstate, meanwhile, made 16 of their 31 three pointers (51.6 percent).
The Pirates are trying to rebound after their 81-78 loss to the Radford Highlanders in their last game. With 27 points and 11 assists, Jermaine Marrow put together a solid game for Hampton. Radford had an offensive rebounding percentage of 44.4 (above their season average of 30.8). Hampton, on the other hand, had a turnover percentage of 4.3 (better than their season average of 14.7).
These two teams have already met once this season. The Spartans won 83-73. The Spartans’ turnover percentage was their biggest strength over the Pirates. USC Upstate had a rate of 10.3, while Hampton posted a mark of 20.1. Everette Hammond had a stellar game, with 20 points and six rebounds.
The aggressive Hampton offense might be living from the free throw line in this showdown. The Pirates currently rank 18th in the country with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.289, while USC Upstate ranks 324th in FTA rate allowed (0.295).
USC Upstate at Hampton Betting Prediction
Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Hampton, ATS Winner – Hampton, O/U – Over
The Pirates average 3.9 blocks per game, which ranks 67th in the NCAA. The Spartans rank 79th in blocks allowed per game (3.1).
USC Upstate ranks 102nd in assists allowed per game (12.0) while Hampton ranks 253rd (15.2).
The Pirates rank 91st in rebounds per game (37.0) while the Spartans rank 225th (33.4).
USC Upstate ranks 193rd in three pointers attempted per game (20.9) while Hampton ranks 267th (18.1).
The Pirates’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 4.2, up from 2.4 for the season.
During their last five games, the Spartans have scored an average of 64.0 points per game (4.6 below their season average) and allowed an average of 70.6 points per game (3.3 below their season average).