The top-seeded Howard Bison (20-12, 11-3 MEAC) are squaring off against the No. 4 seed Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks (18-12, 9-5 MEAC) in the MEAC Tournament on Friday at Norfolk Scope. The matchup is scheduled for 6:00 PM.
The Bison are currently modest 3.5-point favorites over the Hawks. The game has an over/under of 140.5.
Howard vs. Maryland-Eastern Shore Odds
Point Spread for Howard vs. Maryland-Eastern Shore
The spread for this matchup is set at 3.5 points, with oddsmakers listing Howard as the favorite.
Howard vs. Maryland-Eastern Shore Moneyline
As for the moneyline, Howard has -168 odds to pick up the win, while Maryland-Eastern Shore is listed at +143 to claim victory.
Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 140.5 points.
Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Friday, March 10, 2023
- Game Time: 6:00 PM ET
- TV Channel: ESPN+
- Location: Norfolk, Virginia
- Arena: Norfolk Scope
Howard vs. Maryland-Eastern Shore Betting Trends
In Howard’s 29 games this season, it has 16 wins against the spread. The Bison have won in 11, or 84.6%, of the 13 contests they have been named as odds-on favorites in this year. Howard’s games this year have hit the over on 15 of 26 set point totals.
Maryland-Eastern Shore has 16 wins against the spread in 26 games this season. The Hawks have won 25% of the games this season they were the underdog on the moneyline (3-9). Maryland-Eastern Shore has eclipsed the over/under 46.2% of the time this season (12 of 26 games with a set point total).
Howard vs. Maryland-Eastern Shore Key Players to Watch
William Settle averages a team-high 5.9 rebounds per game. In addition, he’s recording 10.9 points and 1.1 assists, shooting 41% from the floor and 28.6% from downtown with 1 made 3-pointers per game. Jelani Williams averages 9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. Defensively, he averages 1.3 steals and 0.1 blocked shots. Shy Odom puts up 10.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game, shooting 53.8% from the field.
Nathaniel Pollard Jr. is posting a team-leading 8.2 rebounds per game. And he is producing 10 points and 1.9 assists, making 47.3% of his shots from the floor. Zion Styles is averaging team highs in points (11.8 per game) and assists (1.8). And he is contributing 3.5 rebounds, making 47.3% of his shots from the field and 43.7% from beyond the arc, with 1 treys per game. Da’Shawn Phillip is posting 10 points, 3 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game, making 40.5% of his shots from the field and 33.3% from beyond the arc, with 1.6 treys per contest. The Hawks get 13.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game from Kevon Voyles.
What you need to know about the Howard Bison
Howard’s MEAC games have hit the over 10 out of 15 times this season. The Bison are 82nd in the nation with 75.8 points per game this year. At the other end, they rank 261st with 72.7 points allowed per game. Howard is grabbing 32.2 rebounds per game (151st-ranked in college basketball) this season, while allowing 29.2 rebounds per contest (66th-ranked).
Howard is making 8.1 treys per game this season (93rd-ranked in college basketball), and it sports a 38% three-point percentage (19th-best). The Bison are ceding 7.4 three-pointers per game (201st-ranked in college basketball) this season, while allowing a 34.6% three-point percentage (239th-ranked).
The Bison are 6-4 against the spread and 8-2 overall in their past 10 contests. In its past 10 contests, Howard has gone over the total six times. Howard’s offense has been better over its last 10 games, racking up 81.1 points per contest compared to the 75.8 it has averaged this season. Howard has been slightly better on the defensive end of the floor recently, giving up 72.2 points per game over its last 10 contests compared to the 72.7 it has surrendered per game this season.
What you need to know about the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks
In Maryland-Eastern Shore’s 15 chances this year in MEAC play, the combined scoring has gone over the point total six times. In 2022-23, the Hawks are 210th in college basketball offensively (70.2 points scored per game) and 64th on defense (66 points allowed). With 29.7 rebounds per game and 32 rebounds allowed, Maryland-Eastern Shore is 292nd and 244th in college basketball, respectively.
In 2022-23, Maryland-Eastern Shore is 170th in the nation in 3-point makes (7.5 per game) and 283rd in 3-point percentage (32.4%). The Hawks are 63rd in college basketball in 3-pointers allowed (6.3 per game) and 82nd in 3-point percentage defensively (32.2%).
The Hawks have a 5-3-2 record against the spread while finishing 6-4 overall in their past 10 contests. In its past 10 contests, Maryland-Eastern Shore has hit the over four times. While Maryland-Eastern Shore is putting up 70.2 points per game in 2022-23, it has improved that mark over its previous 10 games, producing 72.7 a contest. While the Hawks are allowing 66 points per game in 2022-23, they have improved that mark in their previous 10 games, allowing 63 points per contest.
Howard vs. Maryland-Eastern Shore Prediction & Pick
Our prediction to win this contest is Howard, and we project that Maryland-Eastern Shore will cover the spread (Howard -3.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 140.5 points.
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