NCAA Tournament First Four: Howard University vs. Wagner

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Howard University and Wagner College will meet in the First Four round of the NCAA Tournament on Tuesday, March 19th, 2024 at 6:40 p.m. ET.

Both teams are entering the NCAA Tournament after winning their conference tournaments. Bryce Harris led Howard to a 3-point win against Delaware State, while Wagner and Tahron Allen secured a 54-47 triumph over Merrimack.

Howard | OVR 18-16 | MEAC 12-5 (3rd) | NEUTRAL 3-3

Bryce Harris led Howard University in the team’s last matchup against Delaware State, scoring 16 points while collecting seven rebounds. Harris now arrives at this contest averaging 16.6 points and 7.6 rebounds per game.

At neutral sites this season, teams have shot 32.3% from three, on an average of 16.5 attempts per game against the Bison.

Wagner | OVR 14-15 | NEC 10-9 (6th) | NEUTRAL 0-0

Lately, Wagner’s bench scoring has experienced a significant decline. While its second unit has averaged 14.3 points per game for the season, it has decreased to 7.6 points per game over the last five contests.

The Seahawks enter the First Four matchup averaging 5.8 steals per game and 2.2 blocks per game. Melvin Council Jr. and Javier Ezquerra have been the team’s defensive leaders in the two categories, with Council Jr. averaging 0.6 blocks per game and Ezquerra averaging 1.4 steals per game.

Key Metrics

  • Howard tends to finish games strong. The Bison average 38.9 second half points per game. This number is the second highest in the MEAC (conference average is 36.2).
  • Wagner prioritizes taking care of the ball. The Seahawks average just 10.2 turnovers per game, which ranks as the fewest per game in the NEC this season (conference average is 12.8 turnovers per game).
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