MEAC foes will collide when the South Carolina State Bulldogs (9-9, 4-2 MEAC) clash with the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (9-11, 3-3 MEAC) at the Smith-Hammond-Middleton Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET on Monday, January 27, 2020.
Bethune-Cookman Wildcats at South Carolina State Bulldogs Odds Preview
The Wildcats lost a tough one against the North Carolina A&T Aggies in their last matchup, 98-95. Bethune-Cookman’s Cletrell Pope put together a solid game, finishing with 17 points and 15 rebounds. North Carolina A&T forced the Wildcats into a turnover percentage of 22.7 (above their season average of 17.0). Bethune-Cookman, on the other hand, had an offensive rebounding percentage of 37.1 (above their season average of 30.9).
In the Bulldogs’ last game, they were topped by the Norfolk State Spartans, 73-62. Jahmari Etienne was South Carolina State’s leading scorer with 14 points on 5-for-10 shooting. Norfolk State had an offensive rebounding percentage of 40.0 (above their season average of 31.4). South Carolina State, meanwhile, did an excellent job of converting from the charity stripe (15-20; 75.0 percent).
The aggressive South Carolina State offense seems poised to dominate from the charity stripe. The Bulldogs rank seventh in the country with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.300, while Bethune-Cookman ranks 299th in FTA rate allowed (0.271).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. The Wildcats won both matchups played against each other last season. In the last matchup, Bethune-Cookman won 98-95. Bethune-Cookman did a terrific job of getting and making free throws (24-31; 77.4 percent). South Carolina State, meanwhile, had a better turnover percentage (16.4 vs. 20.7).
Bethune-Cookman Wildcats at South Carolina State Bulldogs Prediction
Basketball Tip: SU Winner – South Carolina State, ATS Winner – South Carolina State, O/U – Under
The Wildcats rank 159th in assists per game (12.8) while the Bulldogs rank 168th in assists allowed per game (13.4).
Bethune-Cookman ranks 73rd in steals per game (7.5) while South Carolina State ranks 232nd (4.4).
The Bulldogs rank 91st in rebounds allowed per game (33.7) while the Wildcats rank 232nd (37.8).
Bethune-Cookman ranks 225th in three pointers attempted per game (18.9) while South Carolina State ranks 258th (17.3).
The Bulldogs have outscored opponents by an average of 2.4 points in their last five games. For the season, South Carolina State has lost by an average of 5.0 points.
During their last five games, the Wildcats have scored an average of 85.2 points per game (9.6 above their season average) and allowed an average of 83.0 points per game (8.9 above their season average).