Aggies Seek 3-0 Start In The MEAC
Coppin State (1-18, 1-3 MEAC) vs. North Carolina A&T (9-8, 2-0 MEAC)
Date: January 15, 2018
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Facility: Corbett Sports Center
Series: Coppin leads 39-19
Radio: ESPN Triad Radio, 1320AM/1230 AM/93.7 FM/104.9 FM
PROBABLE STARTERS: F Davaris McGowens (6-7, 230, Sr., 6.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg); F Denzel Keyes (6-4, 210, R-Sr., 6.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg); G Kameron Langley (6-2, 205, Fr., 5.4 ppg, 4.5 apg); G Devonte Boykins (6-2, 180, Gr., 9.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg); F Femi Olujobi (6-8, 233, Jr., 20.5 ppg, 8.3 rpg).
AGGIES OVERVIEW: North Carolina A&T is in the middle of a three-game homestand. Being at home is becoming a great place for the Aggies. N.C. A&T is 5-0 at home this season and have won six straight at home overall. The Aggies are seeking to defeat Coppin State for the first time in five tries. The last time the Aggies defeated Coppin State was on Jan. 28, 2013 on a buzzer-beater. The Aggies are coming off a big win over one of the best teams in the conference in Morgan State. The Aggies got 39 points from their bench including a season-high 19 points from senior Davaris McGowens. N.C. A&T is now looking for their first 3-0 start in the conference since the 1996-97 season when the Aggies earned wins over Morgan State, Howard and Coppin State. N.C. A&T started conference play 4-0 that season. They will close their homestand with a makeup game against Norfolk State on Wednesday. N.C. A&T is looking to be two games above .500 in the month of January for the first time since the 1996-97 season.
COPPIN STATE OVERVIEW: Coppin State opened the season with 17 straight losses, but earned their first win on Jan. 8 when they defeated Florida A&M at home, 79-78 in double overtime. It was the first win for first-year head coach Juan Dixon. Dixon’s team is coming off an 81-61 loss to N.C. Central on Saturday. In the battle of the Eagles, the Coppin State Eagles allowed the NCCU Eagles shoot 51.8 percent from the floor. The CSU Eagles shot just 34.5 percent from the field. Cedric Council had 14 points in the game, but the Eagles are led by Lamar Morgan who is averaging 10.6 points per game. His scoring is complemented by Dejuan Clayton’s 10.2 points per game followed by Karonn Davis and his 9.9 points per game. In back-to-back games against Norfolk State and Savannah State, Morgan posted a combined 48 points with 26 of those points coming against SSU. Davis is the lead assists man with 3.7 assists per game. Opponents are outrebounding the Eagles by 12.1 per game.
Stepping Up: In the last four games, Davaris McGowens is averaging 14.8 points. On the season, he is averaging 6.8 points. The only player who is averaging more points over the last four games than McGowens is Femi Olujobi who is averaging 15.5 points.
News & Notes:
- The Aggies continue to play tough defense on the perimeter. The Aggies lead the conference in 3-point field goal defense, holding teams to 32.5 percent shooting.
- N.C. A&T forward Femi Olujobi was added to the Mid-Season Watch List for the Lou Henson Award. The Lou Henson award is presented annually to the nation’s top Division I mid-major men’s basketball player. Olujobi is the only MEAC player on the list currently. Olujobi is averaging 20.5 points, 8.1 rebounds per game, while shooting 56.1 percent from the floor, 38.5 percent (15-for-39) from 3-point range and 81.6 percent from the free throw line.
- The last time the Aggies won six straight at home was during the 2010-11 season. The last time the Aggies won seven straight at home was during the 1987-88 season when the Aggies went 12-0 at Corbett Sports Center.
- Freshman point guard Kameron Langley has been impressive in his first season with the Aggies. Langley leads the MEAC in assist-to-turnover ratio. Langley has 77 assists against only 32 turnovers. In his last two games, he has 16 assists and only four turnovers.