MEAC foes will collide when the South Carolina State Bulldogs (7-8, 2-1 MEAC) go head-to-head against the Florida A&M Rattlers (4-11, 2-2 MEAC) at the Smith-Hammond-Middleton Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 18, 2020.
Florida A&M Rattlers at South Carolina State Bulldogs Odds Preview
In the Rattlers’ last contest, they defeated the Coppin State Eagles, 65-54. MJ Randolph was the top scorer from either team with 20 points on 8-for-11 shooting. Florida A&M dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 23.5 (below their season average of 28.2) and a free throw rate of 0.222 (above their season average of 0.202). For those same stats, Coppin State recorded marks of 9.3 and 0.130, respectively.
The Bulldogs will look to keep it rolling after topping the Howard Bison in their last outing, 101-95. Damani Applewhite played a pivotal role for South Carolina State with 16 points and 10 rebounds. The Bulldogs, who came into the game averaging an offensive rebounding percentage of 27.1, had an extraordinary mark of 43.6 and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.572 (above their season average of 0.477).
The aggressive South Carolina State offense looks poised to dominate from the charity stripe. The Bulldogs currently rank 19th in the NCAA with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.287, while Florida A&M ranks 298th in FTA rate allowed (0.271).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. The Bulldogs won the lone game played against each other last season, 57-54. The Bulldogs played a nearly flawless game. They had an absurd free throw rate of 0.467 and an absurd offensive rebounding percentage of 42.3. For those same stats, the Rattlers were 0.130 and 26.9, respectively.
Florida A&M Rattlers at South Carolina State Bulldogs Odds Prediction
Free Prediction: SU Winner – South Carolina State, ATS Winner – South Carolina State, O/U – Over
South Carolina State ranks 239th in three pointers attempted per game (18.1) while Florida A&M ranks 286th (12.7).
The Bulldogs’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 2.0, down from 7.3 for the season.
During their last five games, the Rattlers have scored an average of 69.4 points per game (6.8 above their season average) and allowed an average of 69.6 points per game (3.5 below their season average).