Watson, NC A&T visit Howard

NC A&T (4-8) vs. Howard (5-5)

Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey; Saturday, 4 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Two guards will be on display as Marcus Watson and NC A&T will battle Elijah Hawkins and Howard. The sophomore Watson is averaging 14.2 points over the last five games. Hawkins, a freshman, is averaging 12.8 points and 6.4 assists over the last five games.

SAVVY SENIORS: Howard’s Kyle Foster, Randall Brumant and Tai Bibbs have collectively accounted for 43 percent of the team’s scoring this season and have scored 49 percent of all Bison points over the last five games.MIGHTY MARCUS: Watson has connected on 33.3 percent of the 57 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 6 of 17 over his last five games. He’s also made 71.1 percent of his foul shots this season.

WINLESS WHEN: NC A&T is 0-6 when scoring fewer than 68 points and 4-2 when scoring at least 68.

ASSIST RATIOS: The Aggies have recently used assists to create baskets more often than the Bison. Howard has 44 assists on 90 field goals (48.9 percent) over its previous three outings while NC A&T has assists on 44 of 77 field goals (57.1 percent) during its past three games.

DID YOU KNOW: Howard is ranked first among MEAC teams with an average of 80.7 points per game.

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