The Game: North Carolina A&T Aggies (10-14, 5-4 MEAC) at Florida A&M (6-17, 4-5 MEAC)
When: Monday, February 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Al Lawson Center, Tallahassee, Fla.
Must See: The magic return. During its five-game winning streak, coach Jerry Eaves said his North Carolina A&T men's basketball team did everything selflessly. The Aggies set screens, executed plays to completion and played solid team defenses. Eaves wants to see that return. There is no time like the present as the Aggies face Florida A&M tonight. The Aggies have a crucial three-game homestand approaching. Being able to start those block of games with a road win will go a long way in helping the Aggies establish a higher seed in March's MEAC Tournament. A&T is looking to cut down on its turnovers. Bethune-Cookman turned 21 Aggie turnovers into 33 points on Saturday. The Aggies did recover from a tough shooting night against Delaware State on Jan. 30 to shoot 54 percent on Monday against Bethune-Cookman. It was their highest shooting percentage against conference foe this season. The Aggies put five players in double figures for the third time this season. The Aggies lead the all-time series with FAMU 41-25 and have won six out of eight.
Florida A&M: Florida A&M comes into tonight's game after losing 78-61 to N.C. Central at home on Saturday. The Rattlers have lost two of three, but in January, FAMU and A&T staged a memorable game in which A&T won 85-82 in overtime. Guard Avery Moore scored 22 points on four made 3-pointers and center Amin Stevens had 15 points and 11 rebounds. Moore has not led the Rattlers in scoring since the Jan. 9 game against A&T. Stevens, meanwhile, has led the Rattlers in scoring six times this season. His 16.1 points and 9.3 rebounds per game leads FAMU. Moore is still the Rattlers best 3-point threat, having hit 41 on the season. But Reggie Lewis is their most accurate shooter, having hit 39 percent of his 3-point shot attempts.
He's Heating Up: Junior Adrian Powell scored 22 points in the Aggies' last contest against FAMU. He has not slowed down since. Powell hit 9 of 14 from the floor and 3-for-5 from 3-point range in the game. His outstanding performance against the Rattlers started a string of seven games in double figures, which still stands today. During the seven-game span, Powell has hit two-game winning shots, averaged 15.7 points, shot 48 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range. He is the Aggies third-leading scorer (10.6) and their leader in field goal percentage (.503).