North Carolina A&T (4-11, 1-0 MEAC) at Florida A&M (5-11, 1-2 MEAC)
Date: January 13, 2014
Time: 8 p.m.
Facility: Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium (Al Lawson Center)
Series: A&T leads, 46-25
Radio: ESPN Radio (1200, 1230 or 1320 AM…or listen online at triadsports.com); Play-by-play: Spencer Turkin
PROBABLE STARTERS: G Jeremy Underwood (6-0, 185, Sr., 6.9 ppg, 3.1 apg, 2.9 rpg); G Lamont Middleton (6-3, 205, Sr., 18.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.5 apg); G Richaud Pack (6-3, 183, Sr., 16.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.1 apg) F Bruce Beckford (6-7, 215, 12.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg); C Bryan Akinkugbe (6-9, 225, Jr., 4.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg).
Aggies Overview: It went as planned for North Carolina A&T. The Aggies made it through a tough non-conference season that included 11 games away from Corbett Sports Center. But the Aggies went on the road Saturday and knocked off Bethune-Cookman, something they have not done since 1995. Now the Aggies will go after the Florida sweep tonight as they face Florida A&M. The Aggies haven’t swept both games from the Daytona Beach/Tallahassee trip since 1995. The Aggies have had success at the Multipurpose Center since it opened. They are 2-1 there, including winning the last two. The Aggies even held the Rattlers to 40 points last season at the Multipurpose Center, the lowest point total for the Rattlers in the 71-game series. The Aggies won all three games it played against the Rattlers last season have won 10 out of the last 15 matchups.
Florida A&M Overview: Florida A&M lost to A&T 68-40 last season at the Multipurpose Center, but this is a very different Rattler team than a year ago. The Rattlers are coming off an impressive 63-60 win over a N.C. Central team that was 15-1 in the conference last season and an Eagles team that had some upset wins over good Division I non-conference opponents in 2013-14. The Rattlers use the 3-ball to be effective. FAMU is second in the conference in 3-point shooting (.334) with Jamie Adams leading the way by shooting .429 from 3-point range. Adams is second in the league in 3-point shooting and fifth in the league in scoring at 17.2 points per game.
Potential Star: Lamont Middleton hit two free throws with seven seconds remaining to lead the Aggies to a 70-67 win over Bethune-Cookman. Middleton scored 21 points on 11-for-12 shooting from the free throw line. It marked the ninth time over the past two seasons he has scored 20 or more points. He is second in the MEAC in scoring at 18.1 points per game.
News & Notes:
• North Carolina A&T was 29-for-33 from the free throw line on Saturday. It marked the third time this season the Aggies have connected on 25 or more free throws this season. A&T made 25 or more free throws only twice last season.
• The Aggies defeated Florida A&M three times last season. It marked the first time since the 1987-88 the Aggies beat the Rattlers three times in one season.
• A&T has three players – Lamont Middleton (34.3), Richaud Pack (33.9) and Jeremy Underwood (32.4) – averaging better than 30 minutes per game this season. Middleton is third in the MEAC in minutes per game.