Bethune-Cookman vs. Howard - 2/10/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Bethune-Cookman vs. Howard - 2/10/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Howard Bison (2-23) at Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (11-12)

College Basketball: Monday, February 10, 2020 at 7:30 pm (Moore Gym)

The Line: Bethune-Cookman Wildcats -13 -- Over/Under: 160

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The Howard Bison and the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats meet in MEAC college basketball action from Moore Gymnasium on Monday night.

The Howard Bison will be out to snap a 13-game losing skid after an 82-78 loss to Florida A&M last time out. Nate Garvey led the Bison with 20 points on 7 of 14 shooting with 6 threes while Phillip Jones chipped in 13 points and a team-high 5 assists as a pair of 4 double-digit scorers for Howard in the losing effort. Princewill Anosikle added 3 steals and 3 blocks off of the bench in 8 minutes. Charles Williams had 17 points, just off of his team-leading 18.3 points per game this season while Wayne Bristol Jr. is the only other double-digit scorer for Howard this year. Zion Cousins leads Howard with 7.5 rebounds and Khalil Robinson is averaging a team-high 3.9 assists per game this season. As a team, Howard is averaging 70 points per game on 41.6% shooting from the field, 33.6% from behind the arc and 69.4% from the foul line while allowing 81.8 points per game on 48.3% shooting from the floor and 35.7% from the 3-point line this season.

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The Bethune-Cookman Wildcats will look to find some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 4 games following a 78-73 win over North Carolina A&T last time out. Wall Parks and Leon Redd each had a team-high 17 points while Malik Maitland added 15 points with a team-high 6 assists and Isaiah Bailey added 11 points with a team-high 11 rebounds for the double-double. Bailey still leads the Wildcats in scoring with 14.8 points per game, while Cletrell Pope is BC’s other double-digit scorer, averaging a double-double per game with 14.5 points and a team-high 11.5 rebounds per game this season. The aforementioned Maitland leads the Wildcats in the assists department with 2.9 assists per game this season. As a team, Bethune-Cookman is averaging 75.5 points per game on 43.2% shooting from the field, 32.5% from behind the arc and 69.9% from the foul line this season.

Howard is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games following a loss. Bethune-Cookman is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning percentage below .400 while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 home games.

I get Bethune-Cookman being favored here with the better record and being at home as well. However, the Wildcats haven’t blown anybody away against the number lately and this is unfamiliar territory for the Wildcats as this is the first time all year that Bethune-Cookman’s been favored by double figures. Sure, the Wildcats beat Howard by 29 in their own building earlier this year, but say what you want about Howard and their abysmal record with this losing streak, the Bison are playing teams close in games they probably don’t have any right hanging around in against teams like Yale and Harvard and I just think this is a case of too many points so I’ll take a stab at Howard and the points here.

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