Morgan State vs Howard Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/14/24

Howard (15-16) vs Morgan State (11-18)

Game Info: Thursday, March 14, 2024 at 6:00 pm (Norfolk Scope Arena)

Betting Odds: Howard -5.5 -- Over/Under: 146.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Howard Bison and the Morgan State Bears will meet in the Quarterfinal round of the MEAC Tournament this Thursday in Virginia from the Norfolk Scope Arena on ESPN+. Howard enters as 5.5-point favorites, with the total hovering 146.5. Stay tuned for our Morgan State vs Howard Prediction. 

Morgan State Rundown

Morgan State finished at 11-19 after defeating Coppin State, 78-60. The Bears pulled away from the Eagles in the second half, and they’ll attempt to bring that success down to the 757 this Thursday. MSU is scoring 72.9 points per game, on 45.1% shooting, while allowing 77.5 ppg, and they’re 5-5 over their last ten games.

Morgan State’s X-Factors

  • Senior guard and leading scorer Wynston Tabbs (14.6 ppg) missed the final five games, and his status should be monitored when approaching this contest. 
  • Baltimore native Will Thomas delivered a game-high 25 points in the Coppin State victory, and he’s up to 13.6 ppg.  
  • Junior guard Ahmarie Simpkins led the way with 20 points in the win over NCCU, and he leads MSU in rebounding (5.2), while scoring 8.9 ppg.  

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Howard Bison Rundown

Howard closed at 15-16 after losing to Norfolk State on the road, 77-58. The Bison fell apart after the break, and they’ll seek different results this time around in Norfolk. HU is scoring 75.1 points per game, on 45.1% shooting, while allowing 74.9 ppg, and they’re 7-3 over their previous ten games.

Howard’s X-Factors 

  • Junior guard Bryce Harris struggled in the Norfolk State matchup, but he still leads HU in scoring (16.3), while grabbing 7.6 rpg.  
  • Veteran forward Seth Towns led the way with a 27-point double-double in the win over Morehead State, and he leads Howard in rebounding (6.6), while scoring 15.6 ppg. 
  • DC native Marcus Dockery has scored 15 points or more in four of the previous five games, and he’s third on the team at 13.0 ppg.

Morgan St. vs Howard Trends

  • MSU is 15-12 against the spread, with a 14-13 over/under record
  • HOW is 10-18-1 against the spread, with a 18-11 O/U record

Morgan State vs Howard Prediction

Howard was roughed up by the regular season champs in their season finale, but they played well throughout the course of conference play, and I like leaning on them to bounce back here against Morgan State. The Bears managed to stay afloat down the stretch without their top scorer, but his presence may be sorely missed during a possession-heavy tournament game. Tilt the number and back Howard for this MEAC Quarterfinal.

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