FAMU, SC St. meet in conference play

Florida A&M (6-10, 5-4) vs. South Carolina State (1-16, 1-6)

Smith-Hammond-Middleton Center, Orangeburg, South Carolina; Sunday, 2 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Florida A&M pays visit to South Carolina State in a MEAC matchup. Florida A&M came up short in a 63-57 game at South Carolina State in its last outing. South Carolina State is coming off a 63-57 win at home against Florida A&M in its most recent game.

TEAM LEADERSHIP: The do-everything MJ Randolph is averaging 15.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists to lead the charge for the Rattlers. Bryce Moragne is also a primary contributor, maintaining an average of 8.2 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. The Bulldogs have been led by Rahsaan Edwards, who is averaging 9.6 points.

MEAC IMPROVEMENT: The Bulldogs have scored 70 points per game and allowed 75.3 points per game across seven conference games. Those are both nice improvements over the 66 points scored and 82.4 points given up per game to non-conference foes.

CREATING OFFENSE: Jalen Speer has either made or assisted on 41 percent of all Florida A&M field goals over the last three games. Speer has 17 field goals and 13 assists in those games.

SLIPPING AT 74: Florida A&M is 0-5 when it allows at least 74 points and 6-5 when it holds opponents to less than 74.

ASSIST RATIOS: The Rattlers have recently converted baskets via assists more often than the Bulldogs. South Carolina State has an assist on 26 of 67 field goals (38.8 percent) over its previous three outings while Florida A&M has assists on 38 of 73 field goals (52.1 percent) during its past three games.

DID YOU KNOW: Florida A&M is rated second among MEAC teams with an offensive rebound percentage of 31.4 percent. The Rattlers have averaged 10.9 offensive boards per game and 12.1 per game against conference opponents.


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