The North Carolina A&T Aggies (11-12, 7-1 MEAC) can lengthen a five-game home winning streak when they take on the South Carolina State Bulldogs (9-11, 4-4 MEAC) at Corbett Sports Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET on Monday, February 3, 2020.
South Carolina State Bulldogs vs. North Carolina A&T Aggies Odds Preview
The Bulldogs were beaten by the North Carolina Central Eagles in their last matchup, 73-56. South Carolina State’s Tariq Simmons had a solid performance, contributing 12 points. North Carolina Central had a turnover percentage of 10.0 (better than their season average of 20.5). South Carolina State, on the other hand, did an excellent job of making free throws (16-22; 72.7 percent).
The last time the Aggies were in action, they beat the Norfolk State Spartans, 74-68. North Carolina A&T’s Ronald Jackson had a good game, contributing 14 points and nine rebounds. North Carolina A&T dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a turnover percentage of 17.0 (better than their season average of 17.9) and a free throw rate of 0.283 (above their season average of 0.241). For those same stats, Norfolk State put up marks of 24.4 and 0.255, respectively.
It will be a showdown of opposite styles as the up-and-down Aggies will look to push the more grind-it-out Bulldogs. The Aggies rank 19th in possessions per game while the Bulldogs are 209th. Also, the Bulldogs rank 12th in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.296), while the Aggies rank 281st in opponents’ FTA rate (0.259).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. The Aggies won both games played against each other last season. In the last contest, North Carolina A&T won 63-62. North Carolina A&T had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.567 vs. 0.462). South Carolina State, meanwhile, had a much better free throw rate (0.245 vs. 0.077).
South Carolina State Bulldogs at North Carolina A&T Aggies Free Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – North Carolina A&T, ATS Winner – North Carolina A&T, O/U – Under
South Carolina State ranks 173rd in three pointers allowed per game (22.3) while North Carolina A&T ranks 246th (24.6).
The Aggies have outscored opponents by an average of 5.2 points in their last five games. For the season, North Carolina A&T has been defeated by an average of 1.8 points.
During their last five games, the Bulldogs have scored an average of 68.2 points per game (1.9 below their season average) and allowed an average of 68.4 points per game (7.2 below their season average).