CIT Tournament Semifinals Betting Preview: Hampton Pirates vs. Marshall Thundering Herd – Tuesday, April 2, 2019

by | Apr 1, 2019 | NCAA Basketball

Matchup at a Glance

Where: Henderson Center in Huntington, West Virginia

When: Tuesday, April 2nd at 7:00 PM ET

Spread: Marshall -5

Total: 174.5

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BookMaker has the Marshall Thundering Herd favored by 5 points over the Hampton Pirates. The Marshall Thundering Herd enter this game with a record of 21-14 and have won four of their last five games including a win against Presbyterian by a score of 83-66.

The Hampton Pirates enter this game with a record of 18-16 and have won four of their last five games including three wins in a row and are coming off a win against N.J. Tech on Thursday by a score of 82-70. Let’s take a closer look at these two teams and we’ll start with the underdog Hampton Pirates.

Hampton Pirates

Hampton is 18-16 overall and 17-12-1 ATS.  The Hampton Pirates have won the first three game of the CIT to reach this point and will look to advance by beating a talented Marshall team. Hampton is 17-12-1 ATS overall, 9-7-1 ATS after a win, 7-9-1 ATS on the road and 6-9-1 ATS as an underdog.

Jermaine Marrow leads the team in scoring and assists with 839 points and 168 assists. Trevond Barnes leads the team in rebounds and blocks with 197 rebounds and 56 blocks. Kalin Fisher leads the team in steals with 65.

Hampton is averaging 81.4 points per game which is above the 72.44 average for the rest of college basketball. They are averaging 10.7 offensive rebounds per game which is above the 10.08 average for the rest of college basketball. They are averaging 14 assists per game which is above the 13.38 average of the rest of college basketball.

The Pirates are allowing 76.1 points per game which is above the 72.44 average for the rest of college basketball. They are averaging 28.3 defensive rebounds per game which is above the 25.23 average for the rest of college basketball. They are averaging 6.1 steals per game which is below the 6.36 average for the rest of college basketball.

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Marshall Thundering Herd

Marshall is 21-14 overall and 13-21-1 ATS.  The Marshall Thundering Herd had a decent season but weren’t close to making the NCAA tournament this season. Marshall is 13-21-1 ATS overall, 10-10 ATS after a win, 7-9-1 ATS at home and 9-13-1 ATS as a favorite.

Jon Elmore leads the team in scoring and assists with 705 points and 179 assists. Jon Elmore and Jannson Williams are tied for the team lead in rebounds with 174 apiece. Jarrod West leads the team in steals with 76. Jannson Williams leads the team in blocks with 66.

Marshall is averaging 80.23 points per game which ranks 22nd in college basketball. They are averaging 8.7 offensive rebounds per game which is below the 10.08 average for the rest of college basketball. They are averaging 14.4 assists per game which is above the 13.38 average for the rest of college basketball.

The Thundering Herd are allowing 80.9 points per game which is above the 72.44 average for the rest of college basketball. They are averaging 24.5 defensive rebounds per game which is below the 25.23 average for the rest of college basketball. They are averaging 9.2 steals per game which is above the 6.36 average for the rest of college basketball.

Marshall gets the win and cover

The Marshall Thundering Herd are the more talented team and are playing at home. The Pirates have the better defense though and Marshall has one of the worst defenses in college basketball. Still, I look for Marshall to get the win and cover at home in the game on Tuesday against Hampton. Make sure to bet this match-up on BookMaker.

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