The Manhattan Jaspers and Hampton Pirates will square off in the opener of the First Four Tuesday as a pair of No. 16 seeds in Dayton, Ohio for a chance to play against top-ranked Kentucky. The Manhattan Jaspers are 7-point favorites over the Hampton Pirates with the game tipping off at 6:40PM on truTV and will be streamed live on NCAA.com.
— Manhattan Jaspers (@GoJaspers) March 17, 2015
An In-depth Analysis Of The Hampton Pirates vs Manhattan Jaspers First Four Odds, Final Score Prediction & How To Watch
Manhattan knocked off the top-seeded Iona Gaels 79-69 to win the MAAC tournament as a four-point underdog, while Hampton was a 1.5-point dog against the Delaware State Hornets but beat them 82-61 to win the MEAC tournament.
Matchup: (16) Hampton Pirates at (16) Manhattan Jaspers
Date: Mar. 17, 2015
Start Time: 6:40 p.m. ET
Location: Dayton, Ohio
Stadium: University of Dayton Arena
TV Info: truTV
Stream: March Madness Live
Radio: Hampton Vs Manhattan
Point Spread: Jaspers -7
Hampton Will Cover the Spread If
The Pirates are running and gunning like they have been in their last 4 games.
During the regular season, Hampton only averaged 67.2 points on 40.8% shooting from the field. The Pirates averaged 30.4% from behind the three-point line. Those averages translated into 17 losses in the MEAC.
— Hampton Athletics (@HUAthletics1868) March 16, 2015
Winner of that game will play Kentucky!!!!
— Hampton Athletics (@HUAthletics1868) March 15, 2015
Man, Hampton is a different team now. Check out their last 4 games. The Pirates scored 91 points against Morgan State in a 91 to 71 win. They scored 76 points in a 76 to 71 win versus Maryland E-Shore Hawks and they scored 82 points in an 82 to 61 victory versus Delaware State in their last. It all starts with guard Brian Darden and Reginald Johnson. Both scored 20 points versus Delaware State. If Darden and Johnson aren’t afraid to toss up three-pointers and get into the lane, Hampton should cover the spread against Manhattan in this matchup.
Manhattan Will Cover the Spread If
Manhattan adjusts to Hampton’s style.
Manhattan has been hot lately. The Jaspers have gone 7 and 1 straight up in their last 8 games. They’ve gone 6 and 2 against the spread.
The reason for Manhattan’s success against the spread has everything to do with their ability to adjust to their opponent’s style. They beat Iona 79 to 69 in their last game by pushing the pace against the Gaels in an up and down battle. Versus Marist on February 23, the Jaspers only scored 67 points in a 67 to 54 win. Manhattan beat Quinnipiac 69 to 65 after the Bobcats decided to slow the game down.
Manhattan’s ability to adjust to Hampton’s style means that if Darden and Johnson push the pace, the Jaspers can counter by looking to push the pace on offense. If Hampton goes back to its slow down style, Manhattan can play and win a slugfest as well. The ability to make adjustments give Manhattan a big edge over Hampton who appears to have found a winning style, pushing the pace, that can work for or against the Pirates.