MEAC foes will collide when the Delaware State Hornets (3-20, 2-7 MEAC) meet the Florida A&M Rattlers (9-13, 7-4 MEAC) at Memorial Hall. Action gets underway at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 15, 2020.
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In the Rattlers’ last matchup, they easily got past the North Carolina A&T Aggies, 79-60. With 10 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, Florida A&M’s Rod Melton Jr. put together a good outing. Florida A&M played a nearly perfect game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 29.3 (below their season average of 30.2) and a turnover percentage of 14.4 (better than their season average of 18.5). For those same stats, North Carolina A&T was 10.0 and 25.5, respectively.
The Hornets are trying to rebound after their 100-86 loss to the South Carolina State Bulldogs in their last game. John Crosby was the top scorer from either team with 26 points on 10-for-15 shooting. South Carolina State did a fantastic job of making free throws (28-39; 71.8 percent). Delaware State, on the other hand, had a better turnover percentage (14.1 vs. 14.9).
This could end up being a sloppy game for the Delaware State offense. Delaware State ranks 301st in the NCAA in ball protection (turnover percentage of 21.0 percent), while the ball-hawking defense of Florida A&M forces the 57th-most turnovers in the nation (21.9 percent).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. The Rattlers won the lone game played against each other last season, 60-47. Florida A&M had a much better free throw rate (0.220 vs. 0.119). Delaware State, on the other hand, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (25.0 vs. 16.7).
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Free College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Florida A&m, ATS Winner – Delaware State, O/U – Over
The Rattlers average 34.6 rebounds per game, which ranks 176th in the NCAA. The Hornets rank 281st in rebounds allowed per game (39.9).
Delaware State ranks 98th in three pointers attempted per game (23.7) while Florida A&M ranks 298th (13.5).
The Rattlers rank 63rd in steals per game (7.4) while the Hornets rank 211th in steals allowed per game (8.4).
Florida A&M ranks 145th in assists allowed per game (12.9) while Delaware State ranks 252nd (16.3).
The Hornets’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 10.0, down from 12.8 for the season.
During their last five games, the Rattlers have scored an average of 77.6 points per game (11.3 above their season average) and allowed an average of 76.6 points per game (3.1 above their season average).