North Carolina A&T Aggies (15-14) at South Carolina State Bulldogs (11-16)
College Basketball: Monday, March 2, 2020 at 7:30 pm (Smith-Hammond-Middleton Center)
The Line: South Carolina State Bulldogs +1 -- Over/Under: 143.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The North Carolina A&T Aggies and the South Carolina State Bulldogs meet in MEAC college basketball action from the S-H-M Memorial Center on Monday night.
The North Carolina A&T Aggies will try to hold their ground near the top of the MEAC standings, sitting at 11-3 in conference play tied for first after a 3rd straight win in the form of an 83-62 win over Maryland-Eastern Shore last time out. Ronald Jackson leads the Aggies in scoring and rebounding with 14.8 PPG and 10.3 RPG while Fred Cleveland Jr. has 9.3 PPG and Kameron Langley has 9.2 PPG and a team-high 7.4 APG this season. As a team, North Carolina A&T is averaging 71.3 points on 42.2% shooting from the field, 29.4% from 3-point range and 60.4% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 71.6 points on 41.1% shooting from the field and 29.2% from 3-point range this season. North Carolina A&T is 3-11 straight up and 5-9 against the spread on the road this season.
The South Carolina State Bulldogs will try to finish the season on a high note, sitting at 6-9 in conference play after a 4th straight loss in the form of an 83-82 double OT loss to NC Central last time out. Damani Applewhite leads SC State with 14 PPG and 6.7 RPG while Tashombe Riley has 9.5 PPG and Rayshawn Neal has 9.2 PPG and 3.2 APG this season. As a team, South Carolina State is averaging 70.7 points on 44% shooting from the field, 31.4% from 3-point range and 75.4% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 75.3 points on 46.1% shooting from the field and 33.7% from 3-point range this season. South Carolina State is 8-4 straight up and 7-3 against the spread at home this season.
I would be lying if I said that NC A&T’s struggles on the road didn’t make me feel a little bit queasy, especially with South Carolina State actually playing pretty well at home. The Aggies’ 3 conference losses have come on the road, and North Carolina A&T’s lost 3 of their last 4 road games outright, but the good news is that a couple of those road losses came to the better teams in the MEAC like Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman, and the Aggies did beat a good Morgan State team on the road as well. Bottom line is that the Aggies are playing better basketball lately and are still fighting for the top of the MEAC mountain, so I’ll lay the point with North Carolina A&T on the road here.