The Radford Highlanders (5-6) and the North Carolina A&T Aggies (6-6) battle in the Las Vegas Classic at Orleans Arena. Action starts at 3 p.m. ET on Friday, December 22, 2017.
North Carolina A&T Aggies vs. Radford Highlanders Free Preview
The Aggies got blown out by the Southern Illinois Salukis in their last contest, 102-64. With 20 points on 8-for-12 shooting, Femi Olujobi led North Carolina A&T in scoring. Southern Illinois 8.0 turnover percentage was their biggest strength over North Carolina A&T, who had a mark of 21.9. The Salukis mark was better than their season average of 18.4, while the Aggies was above their season average of 17.2.
The last time the Highlanders played, they were thoroughly outplayed by the San Francisco Dons, 52-41. Carlik Jones was the games leading scorer with 19 points on 6-for-11 shooting. San Francisco held the Highlanders to an effective field goal percentage of 0.267 (below their season average of 0.495). Radford, on the other hand, forced the Dons into a turnover percentage of 25.8 (above their season average of 15.2).
It will be a showdown of opposite paces as the fast-breaking Aggies (ranked 54th in the NCAA in possessions per game) will look to push the more methodical Highlanders (342nd in possessions per game).
North Carolina A&T Aggies vs. Radford Highlanders Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Radford, ATS Winner – Radford, O/U – Over
- The Aggies rank 88th in assists per game (15.1) while the Highlanders rank 96th in assists allowed per game (12.6).
- Radford averages 24.1 three pointers per game, which ranks 91st in the nation. North Carolina A&T ranks 131st in three pointers allowed per game (21.8).
- The Highlanders rank 130th in rebounds per game (36.4) while the Aggies rank 145th in rebounds allowed per game (35.2).
- Radford ranks 47th in steals allowed per game (5.5) while North Carolina A&T ranks 61st (5.8).
- The Highlanders average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 2.6, up from 1.9 for the season.
- During their last five games, the Aggies have scored an average of 66.0 points per game (12.3 below their season average) and allowed an average of 77.2 points per game (0.9 below their season average).