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Hampton Pirates vs Morgan State Bears Preview

Morgan State BearsHampton Pirates
March 6, 11:00 AM | Joel Coliseum

Morgan State Bears vs Hampton Pirates Odds

9-19TEAM RECORD10-20

Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Joel Coliseum Tuesday as Hampton looks to handle the Morgan State Bears in NCAAB action.

The MEAC Tournament battle is part of the annual season-ending league tournament. The winner gets an automatic berth in the Madness, while all teams are trying to prove they deserve a spot. The game is being played at Joel Coliseum, which makes it technically a neutral site match.

Hampton will face the 9-19 Bears, who own a 2-3 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Pirates are 1-1 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Bears are 4-1 favoring the OVER.

View Morgan State vs Hampton Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 2.5-point favorites in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Pirates, most recently No. 236 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Bears, who rate No. 232 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 66-64 victory for the Pirates.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Hampton's No. 255-ranked offense, averaging 64.5 PPG, against a Bears defense that ranks No. 242 at 69.6 PPG. The Pirates field goal percentage has averaged 39.8% so far, less than the Bears marksmen have achieved on the year, 43.5% per game.

Defensively, Morgan State features the nation's No. 195-rated defense on the road, allowing 70.5 points per game. Hampton, meanwhile, comes in at No. 269 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Morgan State was a 74-68 winner on the road against Florida A&M. The Bears grabbed a 74-68 win over the Rattlers on Thursday, behind a 16-point effort from Aric Brooks at Teaching Gymnasium.

Hampton was a 60-45 loser in their most recent outing at home against North Carolina Central. Darrion Pellum scored 12 points in a futile effort to lead the Pirates to a win (they lost 60-45 to North Carolina Central at Hampton Convocation Center on Thursday).