The Florida A&M Rattlers (6-12, 4-3 MEAC) look to snap the five-game winning streak of Norfolk State when they head to Echols Hall to take on the Spartans (9-11, 5-0 MEAC). Action gets underway at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, January 27, 2020, and it can be seen on ESPNU.
Florida A&M Rattlers vs. Norfolk State Spartans ATS Preview
The Rattlers were victorious over the Howard Bison in their last game, 87-83. Rod Melton Jr. was the game’s high scorer with 27 points on 8-for-14 shooting. Florida A&M dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a turnover percentage of 14.2 (better than their season average of 18.8) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 39.4 (above their season average of 28.7). Howard was 21.3 and 26.9, respectively, for those same stats.
In the Spartans’ last game, they topped the South Carolina State Bulldogs, 73-62. With 17 points on 7-for-14 shooting, Jermaine Bishop was the game’s high scorer. Norfolk State played a nearly flawless game. They had a fantastic offensive rebounding percentage of 40.0 (above their season average of 31.4) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.508 (above their season average of 0.479). South Carolina State recorded marks of 28.9 and 0.412, respectively, for those same stats.
This is the first time these teams will meet this year, after the Spartans won both games last season. In the last matchup, Norfolk State won 66-54. Norfolk State made six of their 14 three pointers (42.9 percent), while Florida A&M was 5-22 (22.7 percent).
From an effective field goal percentage perspective, Norfolk State figures to have a noteworthy advantage. The Spartans defense ranks 63rd in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.461), while the Florida A&M offense is ranked 343rd in effective field goal percentage (0.442). Additionally, the Rattlers rank 306th in turnover percentage (21.4 percent), while the Spartans rank 39th in opponents’ turnover percentage (23.0 percent).
Florida A&M vs. Norfolk State Free Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Norfolk State, ATS Winner – Norfolk State, O/U – Under
The Spartans rank 44th in steals allowed per game (5.5) while the Rattlers rank 158th (7.1).
Norfolk State ranks 110th in three pointers attempted per game (22.9) while Florida A&M ranks 284th (13.2).
The Spartans average 36.9 rebounds per game, which ranks 109th in the nation. The Rattlers rank 240th in rebounds allowed per game (38.1).
Norfolk State ranks 148th in assists per game (12.9) while Florida A&M ranks 268th (9.7).
The Spartans’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 13.0, up from 4.5 for the season.
During their last five games, the Rattlers have scored an average of 72.0 points per game (7.7 above their season average) and allowed an average of 68.6 points per game (4.6 below their season average).