Florida A&M vs. North Carolina A&T - 2/10/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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North Carolina A&T Aggies (12-13) at Florida A&M Rattlers (8-13)
College Basketball: Monday, February 10, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Al Lawson Center)
The Line: Florida A&M Rattlers -1 -- Over/Under: 140
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The North Carolina A&T Aggies and the Florida A&M Rattlers meet in MEAC college basketball action from the Al Lawson Center on Monday night.
The North Carolina A&T Aggies will look to rebound from a 78-73 loss to Bethune-Cookman last time out. Tyrone Lyons led the Aggies with 15 points, 10 rebounds and 3 steals for the double-double while Andre Jackson and Fred Cleveland Jr. each had 14 points while combining for 10 of NC A&T’s 14 assists to finish off the trio of double-digit scorers for the Aggies in the loss. Ronald Jackson added a team-high 17 rebounds as well in the losing effort, remaining North Carolina A&T’s leading scorer and rebounder, averaging a double-double per game with 14 points and 10.5 rebounds per game while Kameron Langley leads the Aggies in assists with 6.8 assists per game this season. As a team, North Carolina A&T is 71.1 points per game on 41.6% shooting from the field, 29.8% from behind the arc and 61.9% from the foul line this season while allowing 72.4 points per game on 41% shooting from the field and 29.4% from behind the arc this season.
The Florida A&M Rattlers will look to build on back-to-back wins and victories in 4 of their last 5 games following an 82-78 win over Howard last time out. Evins Desir led the Rattlers with 18 points on 7 of 10 shooting to head the group of 5 double-digit scorers for Florida A&M in the win with Kamron Reaves adding 15 points and 7 assists and DJ Jones logging 13 points and 11 rebounds for the double-double. Rod Melton Jr. leads Florida A&M in scoring with 12.6 points per game while MJ Randolph is 2nd as the only other double-digit scorer with 12.4 points per game as well as Florida A&M’s top assist man with 2.7 assists per game this season. Jones leads the Rattlers in rebounding with 6.4 rebounds per game on the year. As a team, Florida A&M is averaging 65.7 points per game on 41.4% shooting from the field, 28.8% from behind the arc and 64.4% from the foul line this season while allowing 74.1 points per game on 46.1% shooting from the field and 31.4% from 3-point range this season.
North Carolina A&T is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning percentage below .400 while the over is 8-1 in their last 9 road games. Florida A&M is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games against a team with a losing road record while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games following a win. The home team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.
I’ve gone back and forth on this game as the Aggies have been playing the better basketball as of late, but the problem I face here is that a lot of the recent success came at home, and their success on the road has come against teams like Delaware State and Maryland-Eastern Shore who are near the bottom of the standings in the MEAC. This game means as much to Florida A&M, who are trying to chase the Aggies in the hunt for the top spot in the MEAC right now, and the Rattlers have the benefit of being at home where they are 5-0 SU this season and 4-1 ATS after not playing at home at all during non-conference play. I just think the Rattlers are enjoying playing ball at home, so I’ll lay the point with Florida A&M here.