Delaware State (4-13, 0-5 MEAC) at North Carolina A&T (5-12, 1-1 MEAC)
Date: January 20, 2014
Time: 7 p.m.
Facility: Corbett Sports Center
Series: A&T leads 56-29
Promotion: #goldout...make sure you wear gold tonight!!!
PROBABLE STARTERS: G Jeremy Underwood (6-0, 185, Sr., 7.8 ppg, 2.9 apg, 3.0 rpg); G Lamont Middleton (6-3, 205, Sr., 17.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.6 apg); G Richaud Pack (6-3, 183, Sr., 17.5 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.5 apg) F Bruce Beckford (6-7, 215, 12.3 ppg, 7.6 rpg); C Bryan Akinkugbe (6-9, 225, Jr., 5.1 ppg, 3.2 rpg).
Aggies Overview: A&T is coming off of some big-time performances on Saturday. Senior guard Richaud Pack matched his season high with 30 points. He also had a season-high eight assists while hitting a season-best four 3-pointers. Senior point guard Jeremy Underwood had a season-high 19 points on 5-for-6 shooting from 3-point range. Underwood’s five threes were a career high and he is 12-for-16 from three in his last four games. A&T center Bryan Akinkugbe had a career-high five blocks, while senior guard Lamont Middleton had a season-best seven assists. The Aggies are 21-9 against Delaware State in Corbett Sports Center and 29-9 overall in Greensboro. Despite that, the Hornets have won four out of their last five in Corbett. The Aggies will play three out of their next four games in Corbett, but they will have to play four games in seven days, including a game on the road against archrival N.C. Central.
Delaware State Overview: Delaware State comes into the game looking for its first conference win of the season. The Hornets were picked to finish seventh in the MEAC. Greg Jackson leads the Hornets in his 14th season. Jackson has a long history with A&T, dating back to his time as the head coach of N.C. Central in the 90’s. Jackson is 22-10 against the Aggies all-time and 14-9 against the Aggies as the head coach of Delaware State. The Hornets have two outstanding players in Casey Walker and Tayshawn Bell. Walker leads the Hornets in scoring at 12.3 points per game and averages 5.1 rebounds per game. Bell, a former MEAC Rookie of the Year, averages 10.9 points per game.
Potential Star: Jeremy Underwood is playing the best ball of his four-year career. He has hit 12 out of his last 16 3-pointers and is fifth in the MEAC in 3-point shooting at .393. He is also seventh in the league in assists at 2.9 per game.
News & Notes:
• Pack’s 30-point night marked the second time he has scored 30 or more in a season. He became the first Aggie since Steven Rush in 2006-07 to score 30 or more twice in a season.
• A&T sophomore forward Bruce Beckford has secured 34 rebounds in his last three games. Beckford is second in the league in rebounding (7.6) and he leads the league defensive rebounding (5.8).
From the coach:
“They’re going to run a lot of time off the clock. They want to keep the game in the 50’s, low 60’s. We’ve got to be mentally tough to play defense for 35 seconds every time down. They have two great guards in Casey Walker and Tayshawn Bell. We’ve got to be prepared for those guys.” Men’s Basketball Coach Cy Alexander on Delaware State