MEAC foes will collide when the South Carolina State Bulldogs (11-12, 6-5 MEAC) go head-to-head with the Morgan State Bears (13-14, 7-5 MEAC) at the Smith-Hammond-Middleton Center. Action starts at 7:30 p.m. ET on Monday, February 17, 2020.
Morgan State Bears vs. South Carolina State Bulldogs Betting Preview
The Bears were beaten by the Norfolk State Spartans in their last game, 62-57. Stanley Davis had a good performance for Morgan State, finishing with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Norfolk State forced the Bears into a turnover percentage of 27.1 (above their season average of 19.3). Morgan State, on the other hand, had a free throw rate of 0.489 (above their season average of 0.263).
The last time the Bulldogs played, they topped the Coppin State Eagles, 70-66. With 21 points on 6-for-10 shooting, Rayshawn Neal was the game’s high scorer. South Carolina State played a flawless game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 20.6 (below their season average of 29.6) and a free throw rate of 0.302 (above their season average of 0.295). For those same stats, Coppin State was 8.6 and 0.179, respectively.
These two squads have already met once this season. The Bears won 77-63. The Bears dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a turnover percentage of 15.7 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.500. The Bulldogs were 22.3 and 0.408, respectively, for those same stats. Damani Applewhite scored a game-high 17 points.
The aggressive South Carolina State offense looks poised to dominate from the foul line. The Bulldogs currently rank 11th in the nation with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.295, while Morgan State is among the nation’s most foul-prone squads (giving up a 348th-ranked FTA rate of 0.343).
Morgan State vs. South Carolina State Free Prediction
College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – South Carolina State, ATS Winner – South Carolina State, O/U – Over
The Bears rank 252nd in three pointers attempted per game (18.4) while the Bulldogs rank 282nd (16.8).
Morgan State ranks 229th in assists per game (11.3) while South Carolina State ranks 231st (11.3).
Morgan State ranks 40th in rebounds per game (38.9) while South Carolina State ranks 166th (35.3).
The Bears rank 196th in steals per game (5.5) while the Bulldogs rank 251st (4.2).
Morgan State ranks 53rd in blocks per game (4.1) while South Carolina State ranks 87th in blocks allowed per game (3.1).
The Bulldogs’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 3.6, down from 4.7 for the season.
During their last five games, the Bears have scored an average of 64.0 points per game (5.9 below their season average) and allowed an average of 61.2 points per game (9.4 below their season average).