North Carolina A&T (8-17, 4-6 MEAC) at Savannah State (8-16, 6-4 MEAC)
Date: February 15, 2014
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Facility: Tiger Arena
Series: SSU leads 3-1
Radio: 1200, 1230, 1320 AM; Play-by-Play: Spencer Turkin
PROBABLE STARTERS: G Jeremy Underwood (6-0, 185, Sr., 7.6 ppg, 3.0 apg, 2.8 rpg); G Lamont Middleton (6-3, 205, Sr., 17.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.2 apg); G Richaud Pack (6-3, 183, Sr., 18.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.6 apg) F Bruce Beckford (6-7, 215, So., 11.1 ppg, 7.9 rpg); Steven Burrough (6-9, 245, Fr., 1.2 ppg, 1.3 rpg).
Aggies Overview: A&T is trying to get back on track in time for the MEAC tournament. The Aggies have lost four out of their last five with two of those losses coming at home. The Aggies most recent loss was a heartbreaker as Lamont Middleton’s game-winning 3-point attempt went in and fell back out in a one-point loss to Bethune-Cookman. The Aggies now go on the road to face Savannah State at Tiger Arena, a place where they are 0-2. The Aggies have received promising performances from some of their younger players. Freshman Steven Burrough has started the last two games and has eight blocked shots over those two games. Freshman Khary Doby has also started the last two games in place of sophomore Bruce Beckford who sustained an ankle injury against Howard on Feb. 3.
Savannah State Overview: Savannah State has been successful since joining the MEAC in 2011. The Tigers won the regular-season championship in 2012 with a 14-2 record. The Tigers are 31-11 in the MEAC since joining. They started the conference season 4-0 in 2013-14, but the Tigers have struggled recently. They have lost four of their last five with two of those losses at Tiger Arena. The Tigers are the most balanced team in the MEAC. No Tiger averages double figure points, and they have eight players who average between 9.0-4.0 points per game. Seniors Deven Williams and Joshua Montgomery lead the way by averaging 9.0 points per game apiece.
Potential Star: The Aggies are shooting just 29 percent from the floor on the road. Their most consistent shooter on the floor has been Jerome Simmons who has hit 14 of his 27 shots on the road. His play off the bench could be key.
News & Notes:
• Richaud Pack and Lamont Middleton had 28 and 21 points respectively in the Aggies loss to Bethune-Cookman on Saturday. It marked the fifth time both men have scored 20 or more in the same game this season.
• The 2013-14 Aggies are closing in on the school record for free throw attempts in a season. The Aggies need 155 free throws to break the school record for free throw attempts in a season, breaking the 1970-71 record of 895.
• The Aggies have had trouble scoring against the Tigers. A&T has not scored more than 60 points in any of the four games the two teams have played.