NCAA hoops odds preview - Howard vs. William & Mary
Howard Bison vs William & Mary Tribe Odds
The visiting Howard Bison hope to send their backers to the pay window on Thursday as they look to cover the spread at Kaplan Arena against the William & Mary Tribe.
The Tribe bring a 4-3 record (3-1 ATS) to this tilt against the 2-7 Bison, who are 1-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed William & Mary go 2-1 so far and the Bison go 0-0.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Tribe, most recently No. 238 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Bison, who rate No. 179 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 67-53 victory for the Tribe.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up William & Mary's No. 151 nationally ranked offense (69.7 points per game) against a Bison defense that sits as the No. 96 at 61.7 PPG. The Tribe have been averaging 47.7% from the field, more than the Bison have managed so far this season (39.5% on average).
Defensively, Howard features the nation's No. 85-rated defense on the road, allowing 64.5 points per game. William & Mary, meanwhile, comes in at No. 262 nationally in scoring at home.
Howard won its last outing, a 55-50 result against American on December 4. The Bison got 19 points from Mike Phillips as Howard ran past American 55-50 on Tuesday at Burr Gymnasium.
William & Mary was a 71-62 winner in its last match at home against Old Dominion. They covered the 3-point spread as favorites. Marcus Thornton scored 23 points leading the Tribe to a 71-62 victory over Old Dominion at Kaplan Arena on Saturday.
William & Mary Tribe Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Radford are 3-3
After playing Old Dominion are 6-4
After a win are 2-8
A few Bison at Tribe trends to consider:
William & Mary is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
William & Mary is 8-15 SU in its last 23 games at home
William & Mary is 6-16 SU in its last 22 games
Howard home to Liberty, Saturday, December 15
William & Mary at Radford, Saturday, December 8