Pacific Tigers vs. Florida A&M Rattlers - 11/10/19 NCAA Men's Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Florida A&M Rattlers at Pacific Tigers
Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 7:30 PM (Stan Sheriff Center)
Pacific -9.5; Total 126
Florida A&M will continue to look for its first win of the season when the Rattlers (0-2) face the University of the Pacific Tigers (1-1) in both teams’ second game of the Outrigger Resorts Rainbow Classic at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. This is the longest FAMU has waited for its first win of the year since the 2014-15 season, a year the Rattlers went 1-27 overall.
FAMU hasn’t looked strong in the early going. After a 77-48 loss to USC in Los Angeles to open the season, the Rattlers lost a 65-52 decision to host Hawaii in a game that wasn’t nearly as close as the score indicates. Hawaii led 32-12 at halftime and FAMU shot just 20 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes of the game. The Rattlers made it a bit closer in the second half, but they never really challenged in either game to open the 2019-20 season.
Kamron Reaves and Rod Melton each scored 11 points in the loss to Hawaii and Brendon Myles came off the bench to lead the team with seven rebounds despite going 0-for-7 from the field. In the season opener at USC, it was DJ Jones leading the way with 12 points while Bryce Moragne added 11 off the bench in a team-high 30 minutes played. MJ Randolph pulled in nine rebounds and Evins Desir added nine points and eight rebounds.
Pacific has had a bit more success, although most of it was against an NCAA Division II school. The Tigers opened the season at home with a 69-47 win over Division II Stanislaus State, a Central California rival located less than an hour from Pacific. Then the Tigers opened the Outrigger Resorts Rainbow Classic with a 10-point loss to South Dakota. Despite the loss, the Tigers trailed by just two at the half and had a one-point lead with 8:25 left in the game before South Dakota pulled away.
Junior Justin Moore led the team with 16 points, five assists, and four steals for the Tigers. Jahlil Tripp added 13 points and seven rebounds, while Daniss Jenkins scored 10 points. In the win over Stanislaus State, in which 12 players played nine minutes or more, Amari McCray scored 14 points with eight rebounds, and Moore scored 12 points.
Whoever picked the spread in this one made it perfectly. FAMU lost by 13 to Hawaii, and the assumption would have to be that the home team has an advantage over the rest of the teams in its tournament. So 9.5 points? Perfect, right? Well, maybe, but there’s no way that I would put my money on a team that really hasn’t been close in either of its games. The Rattlers were blown out by USC, and were blown out by Hawaii in the first half until the brakes were put on in the second half, and FAMU still only outscored Hawaii by seven in the second half. Pacific hasn’t been overly impressive, but they’ve done enough to make a sensible person think that it will be able to win this game by double digits. Take the Tigers and cheer for a big win.