The Florida A&M Rattlers are searching for their second win of the season in Georgia at the Georgia Institute of Technology. After beating Austin Peay on Tuesday, the Rattlers are looking for more against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Florida A&M snapped out of a four-game losing streak to open the season with a 76-70 win over Austin Peay. It’s not the biggest of wins, but a victory like that can sometimes get a team going in the right direction. They earned the win following a trip to Norman where the Rattlers had a tough time.
Oklahoma dispatched Florida A&M by a score of 85-54 in an easy win for the Sooners. Losing in a blowout, 87-66, was another rough outing for the Rattlers. I can’t say that this is the easiest of schedules for Florida A&M. They’ve already played Georgia, Oregon, and Oklahoma. Now Florida A&M is slated to play Georgia Tech, which isn’t the most difficult opponent, but is going to be another challenge for the Rattlers. Their schedule won’t get any easier after Friday night, though a big layoff awaits them. Their next game is scheduled for January 2 against South Carolina on the road. Florida A&M finished last season with a mark of 12-15 and 10-6 in the MEAC.
They were competitive in their conference, but were outmatched when they went outside of the MEAC. It seems to be the same problem for them in 2020-21 as well. MJ Randolph showed up in a big way for the Rattlers against Austin Peay. He netted 27 points through 40 minutes of action. Yes, Randolph had to play the entire game against Austin Peay. He didn’t spend one minute on the bench. Desperate for a win, Randolph had to go the distance. Florida A&M might need the same to stay within striking distance tonight. Head below for our free Florida A&M vs. Georgia Tech pick for December 18, 2020.
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Florida A&M doesn’t do anything particularly well. Their offense consists of hoping and praying that MJ Randolph goes off. Rod Melton, who led the Rattlers in scoring by a little over Randolph, was a senior and is no longer with the program. That leaves the heavy lifting to Randolph pretty much alone. Florida A&M has scored an average of 65.4 points for 277th in the NCAA.
Their best offensive efforts came against Georgia in a 85-75 loss and against Austin Peay in a 76-70 win most recently. However, other than those two games, the offense has largely been a no show for the Rattlers. Their defense has been unable to make up for the lack of offensive pop. Florida A&M has conceded 78.4 points a game. That spells trouble versus a quality Georgia Tech offense.
Despite a slow 2-3 start for the Yellow Jackets, the offense has been in good form with 81.6 points scored per game. They opened the season with 120 points in a 123 loss in overtime against Georgia State. The offense has continued to play well, with at least 70 points in four out of five outings in the 2020-21 season. Their most impressive win by far was a 79-62 win at home against the Kentucky Wildcats.
Georgia Tech was able to avoid a letdown against the Nebraska Cornhuskers, as they followed up with a 75-64 victory on the road in Nebraska. The Yellow Jackets held steady against a very good Florida State team on Tuesday in a 74-61 loss. Florida State slowly grinded out and pulled away from Georgia Tech. That’s not going to be the case against Florida A&M on Friday night. A 20-25 point win for the Yellow Jackets looks about right here.