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Wagner vs. Howard Betting Prediction and Promo Codes March 19

Written by: Richard Janvrin
Published March 19, 2024
10 min read
  • Wagner and Howard will compete for the No. 16 seed in the West bracket. The winner takes on No. 1 North Carolina. 

  • Wagner scores just 61.7 points per game, which is 357th in the country. 

  • Howard shoots 37.5% from three-point range, which is 19th best in the country. 

Before we get into the Round of 64, four games must be played to determine the last few seedings. Here, we have the battle of the No. 16 seed in the West bracket, and we take on No. 1 North Carolina. 

Below, we’ll make our pick for this matchup and detail some of the best March Madness welcome offers at the best online sportsbooks available.

March madness 2024 First Four Wagner vs. Howard Prediction

Sports Betting Promos for Wagner vs. Howard

Sports betting in North Carolina recently went live on March 11, adding to the long list of states with legal online wagering. Sportsbooks are still rolling out special NC promos for this long-awaited occasion.

The rest of us will need to stick with the standard sportsbook promotions that are available in all legal US states. If you're eager to join in on the NCAA Tournament excitement, check out some of the top offers listed below.

Wagner vs. Howard Prediction and Odds 

Wagner

Entering this matchup, Wagner is 16-15 on the year and 14-15 against the spread. They got into this position after defeating Merrimack in the NEC Tournament, where they were a No. 6 seed. 

The NEC Tournament featured just eight teams, so Wagner overcame considerable odds to even be in this position, thanks to Tahron Allen scoring 22 points in their win. Unfortunately, they head into this game coming off a championship win with only seven players good to compete. 

This team has some talented players, including Melvin Council Jr. (14.6 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per game), Allen, as mentioned, and Julian Brown, who shoots 34.5% from beyond the arch. 

They’ll be without Zaire Williams and Rahmir Moore in this one and allow 105.9 points per 100 possessions while only scoring 95.8 points per 100 possessions. They rank 357th in the nation out of 362 qualifying teams in points per game, with just 61.7. That average is down to 60 over their last three games.

They were 7-9 in the NEC this season. 

Howard

Of the 68 teams in the tournament right now, Howard is the second-worst in terms of adjusted defensive efficiency, per KenPom, allowing 113.8 points per 100 possessions. 

They score much more than Wagner, at 105.5 points per 100 possessions. They’re 124th in points per game at 74.7. 

Howard enters this matchup after winning the MEAC as a No. 4 seed. In the semi-finals, they beat the No. 1 seeded Norfolk State.

Unlike Wagner, Howard is on a bit of a hot streak, winning seven of their last eight games. Their only loss was to Norfolk State, whom they got their revenge against. 

They’ll receive ample help from guard Jordan Hairston, who averages 18 points per game. 

Three players on their team, including Bryce Harris, Marcus Dockery, and Seth Towns, made the First Team, Second Team, and Third Team All-Conference, respectively. 

They have two players on the injury report: Shy Odom and Dom Campbell. They’re questionable to play in this matchup. 

Wagner vs. Howard Pick

I'm taking Howard -3 (-110) at bet365 Sportsbook for a chance to get $150 in bonus bets after wagering $5, on top of any winnings, or a First Bet Safety Net, which is good for up to $1,000. 

This number is climbing at other sportsbooks into the 3.5 or even four-point spread area. 

On paper, Howard is the superior team, scoring plenty more points. Wagner may hold teams to just 63 points per game, but you also need to consider the competition they’ve faced.

Howard is red-hot headed into this matchup, while Wagner, even though they won the NEC, was a bit down coming into this one. 

Wagner is among the worst shooting teams in the country, shooting 38.5% from the field (358th) and 31.6% from beyond the arch (291st). Howard is 19th in the country in three-point shooting at 37.5%. 

Wagner vs. Howard How to Watch

  • Teams: Wagner vs. Howard

  • Location: UD Arena in Dayton, Ohio

  • Date: Tuesday, March 19 at 6:40 PM ET

  • TV: truTV

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After graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a BA in Journalism, Richard Janvrin has been covering iGaming and sports betting since December 2018. Richard has covered betting at Bleacher Report, Gambling.com, The Game Day, Forbes, and more.

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