Hampton vs. Longwood - 3/5/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Hampton vs. Longwood - 3/5/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Hampton Pirates (13-18) at Longwood Lancers (13-17)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Dedmon Center)

The Line: Longwood Lancers -2 -- Over/Under: 147 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Hampton Pirates (13-18, 8-10 CONF) and the Longwood Lancers (14-17, 9-9 CONF) will meet on Thursday, March 5th for a Big South Conference Tournament game in the quarterfinals. The game will be played at 8:00 PM eastern time and will be at Donald N. Dedmon Center in Radford, VA. 

This is the first game for both teams in the Big South Conference Tournament, as both teams were awarded a bye in the first round due to their success in conference play. In Hampton’s last game of the regular season, they lost 90-79 at home to USC Upstate. Hampton is coming into the conference tournament riding a three-game losing streak. Longwood, on the other hand, is on a four-game winning streak. Their last game was a win over Presbyterian on the road, 58-55. 

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Hampton scores 77.5 points per game on 45.5 percent field goal shooting this season. Hampton’s leading scorer is G Jermaine Marrow, who scores 24.3 points per game. The leading rebounder for Hampton is F Benjamin Stanley, who earns 7.4 rebounds per game. Hampton allows 80.2 points per game to the opposition, therefore they have a -2.7 scoring differential so far this season. Hampton also earns 36.7 rebounds, 14.8 assists, 3.9 blocks, and 5.3 steals per game as a team. 

Longwood scores 67.6 points per game on 40.7 percent field goal shooting this season. Longwood’s leading scorer is G Juan Munoz, who scores 10.8 points per game. The leading rebounder for Longwood is F Jordan Cintron, who earns 6.3 rebounds per game. Longwood allows 68.3 points per game to the opposition, thus they have a -.7 scoring differential so far this season. Longwood also earns 34.4 rebounds, 11.0 assists, 2.2 blocks, and 6.8 steals per game as a team. 

Hampton is 12-15-1 against the spread this season and 5-5 against the spread in their last ten games. Hampton is also 4-11 against the spread on the road so far this season. Longwood is 12-16-1 against the spread this season and 8-2 against the spread in their last ten games. Longwood is also 5-7 against the spread at home so far this season.

I have to take the hotter team in this matchup, as even though both teams are very similar, Longwood is trending up while Hampton is trending down. When it gets down to the conference tournaments, recent play is the strongest measure of how teams will perform. 

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Ronald’s Pick Longwood -2

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