Florida A&M vs. South Carolina State - 2/24/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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South Carolina State(11-14) at Florida A&M (11-14)
College Basketball: Monday, February 24, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Al Lawson Center)
The Line: Florida A&M -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The South Carolina State Bulldogs (11-14, CONF 6-7) and Florida A&M Rattlers face off in a Mid-Eastern Conference showdown at the Teaching Gym. South Carolina State knocked off Florida A&M 81-65 during the middle of January.
SCSU has been up and down this season and over their last six games they only have two wins. In South Carolina State’s last game Bethune-Cookman they actually played well and forced overtime, but they gave up 11 points in the extra session and that led to a loss.
Away from home this season the Bulldogs are averaging only 63.1 points while the defense is giving up 78.1 points and letting opponents shoot 47 percent from the field. The first game against A&M the defense was good giving up only 65 points, and they are going to need to step up again to have success.
South Carolina State is led by forward Damani Applewhite who is averaging 13.7 points while shooting 52.1 percent from the field. In three of the last four games, Applewhite has scored at least 15 points.
A quick look at Florida A&M’s record most believe they are a terrible team, but this is a squad that was really tested during non-conference play. A&M has a 9-5 record during conference play, and over the last six games they have five wins.
At home this season Florida A&M has a perfect 7-0 record, while they average 72.6 points and give up only 63.9.
Florida A&M is led by guard Rod Melton Jr. who is averaging 13.4 points while shooting 42.3 percent from the field. In two of the last three games Melton has scored at least 24 points, and he should be looking for his shot a lot in this game.
FAMU is 1-7 against the spread in their last eight home games. The under is 7-3 in South Carolina State’s last 10 road games.
Florida A&M has had success at home, but they have struggled to cover the spread and that will be the case again in this game. Florida A&M’s defense hasn’t been as strong as of late, and that will be enough to keep South Carolina State in this game. Look for South Carolina State to cover the spread.