Hampton (2-1) vs. Boston University (2-2)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Monday, November 22nd, 5:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Charles E. Smith Athletic Center (5,000) -- Washington, D.C. Television: None. Home Record: Hampton 0-0, Boston 1-0. Away Record: Hampton 1-1, Boston 0-2. Neutral Record: Hampton 1-0, Boston 1-0. Conference Record: Hampton 0-0, Boston 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: Hampton and Boston will meet for the first time on the hardwood, when the Pirates and Terriers collide as part of the NIT Season Tip-Off in the consolation round at Charles E. Smith Athletic Center.
It has not been pretty, but the Pirates roll into this matchup with a two-game winning streak. After opening the year with a loss to Wake Forest, the Pirates were able to clip Winthrop, 45-44, and followed that with a 58-48 decision over Fordham. After this tournament, the Pirates will hit the road to face High Point.
The Terriers brought their record to an even 2-2 on the year with a 58-37 victory over Marist on Friday. The first win on the year came against George Washington in an NIT Tip-Off matchup, as the Terriers defeated GW, 76-67. Once the Terriers are done in D.C. they will return home to host Cornell.
The Pirates were not overwhelming offensively in their last matchup, but they did just enough to grab a victory over Fordham. Hampton shot a mediocre 42.6 percent from the floor, and overcame a weak showing from behind the arc (4- of-19) and from the foul line (8-of-17). Darrion Pellum comes into this game leading the team with 14.7 ppg, and the guard had a strong performance in the win over Fordham, connecting on 8-of-15 attempts, en route to a team-high 19 points. Charles Funches and Kwame Morgan both posted 12 points apiece, while Funches also collected eight rebounds. Funches has been the main option in the paint for Hampton, as the forward is leading the team with 7.0 rpg, to go along with a respectable 11.0 ppg.
Very rarely does a team perform as bad as Boston did offensively in its last game and win, but that was the case for the Terriers, that scored only 58 points, but still collected a 21-point victory. Fortunately Marist was even worse offensively, which is a testament to the solid defensive play by Boston, but still the Terriers left a lot to be desire at the offensive end of the court. Boston shot just 37.7 percent from the field, and made only 9-of-24 attempts from behind the arc. Matt Griffin's career performance is the only thing that saved Boston, as the guard was perfect off the bench. Griffin connected on all seven of his shots, including five three-point attempts, and also made both free throws to finish the game with 21 points. Patrick Hazel only tallied four points in the win, but pulled down a team-high 13 rebounds. John Holland, who is leading the team with 18.5 ppg, struggled in the contest, connecting on just 2-of-11 shots en route to a seven-point effort.
Boston might have won its last matchup, but the Terriers will need to improve offensively, because not every opponent will be bad as Marist. Hampton has not racked up the points though, so look for the Terriers to grab another low scoring contest.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Boston 63, Hampton 57
11/22 10:31:49 ET