MEAC foes will collide when the South Carolina State Bulldogs (10-12, 5-5 MEAC) meet the Coppin State Eagles (8-18, 4-7 MEAC) at the Smith-Hammond-Middleton Center. Action begins at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 15, 2020.
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In the Eagles’ last game, they edged the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks, 68-67. With 17 points and 17 rebounds, Coppin State’s Brendan Medley-Bacon put together a good game. The Eagles knocked down 15 of their 17 free throws (88.2 percent) and held the Hawks to an offensive rebounding percentage of 13.0 (below their season average of 25.0).
The Bulldogs come in on a high note after defeating the Delaware State Hornets in their last game, 100-86. With 24 points on 7-for-8 shooting, Damani Applewhite was South Carolina State’s high scorer. South Carolina State dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a fantastic free throw rate of 0.491 (above their season average of 0.285) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 30.0 (above their season average of 29.6). Delaware State was 0.200 and 22.9, respectively, for those same stats.
The physical South Carolina State offense seems poised to dominate from the charity stripe. The Bulldogs currently rank 13th in the nation with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.295, while Coppin State is among the NCAA’s most foul-prone squads (giving up a 135th-ranked FTA rate of 0.210).
These two teams have already met once this season. The Bulldogs won 79-75. South Carolina State’s rebounding was their biggest strength. The Bulldogs had more offensive rebounds (13 vs. six), defensive rebounds (23 vs. 20) and total rebounds (36 vs. 26). Applewhite put up a double-double in the victory with 24 points and 11 rebounds.
Coppin State Eagles vs. South Carolina State Bulldogs ATS Prediction
College Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – South Carolina State, ATS Winner – South Carolina State, O/U – Over
The Bulldogs rank 157th in assists allowed per game (13.1) while the Eagles rank 239th (15.6).
Coppin State ranks 41st in blocks allowed per game (2.7) while South Carolina State ranks 96th (3.2).
Coppin State ranks seventh in three pointers attempted per game (29.2) while South Carolina State ranks 270th (17.2).
The Bulldogs rank 77th in rebounds allowed per game (33.1) while the Eagles rank 291st (41.7).
Coppin State ranks 102nd in steals per game (6.7) while South Carolina State ranks 231st (4.3).
The Bulldogs’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 6.6, up from 5.1 for the season.
During their last five games, the Eagles have scored an average of 69.0 points per game (1.7 above their season average) and allowed an average of 68.6 points per game (5.9 below their season average).