MEAC Tournament - Florida A&M Rattlers vs Aggies College Hoops Game Preview
Florida A&M Rattlers vs North Carolina A&T Aggies Odds
The North Carolina A&T Aggies will hit the floor running against the visiting Florida A&M Rattlers Tuesday, looking to improve their record and boost wagering bankrolls in the process.
This is a conference playoff game in the MEAC Tournament. Norfolk Scope Arena is the location for this game, which makes it a neutral-site matchup.
Supporters of the Rattlers have watched them go 8-22 and 1-1 ATS on the year, while the Aggies are at 15-16 and 3-0 ATS. In totals betting, the Aggies are 1-0, while the Rattlers have a 0-0 mark.
The Aggies were listed as 5-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Aggies sit at No. 140 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Rattlers sit at No. 285 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Aggies will win this game 65-58.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up North Carolina A&T's No. 298 nationally ranked offense (61.8 points per game) against a Rattlers defense that sits as the No. 304 at 72.3 PPG. The Aggies have been averaging 39.2% from the field, less than the Rattlers have managed so far this season (39.5% on average).
Defensively, Florida A&M features the nation's No. 318-rated defense on the road, allowing 76.4 points per game. North Carolina A&T, meanwhile, comes in at No. 262 nationally in scoring at home.
Florida A&M was a 78-67 loser in its last match on the road against Morgan State. The Rattlers endured a 78-67 loss at the hands of the Bears on Thursday, despite a 16-point effort from Muhammad Abdul-Aleem at Hill Field House.
In their last action, North Carolina A&T was a 55-48 loser on the road against Norfolk State. North Carolina A&T got 16 points from Bruce Beckford but lost anyway, 55-48, to Norfolk State on Thursday at Echols Hall.