Florida A&M Basketball Teams Celebrate 2022 with SWAC Schedule Open

Florida A&M celebrates the dawn of 2022 with its debut in SWAC basketball competition.

On Monday, the men’s and women’s program launch conferences will face a familiar foe at Bethune-Cookman in Daytona Beach.

The women’s game starts at 5 p.m. FAMU men play immediately afterwards.

In the first few months of the season, the men went 2-9.

He closed 2021 with two games canceled.

The contest at Arizona State on December 21 did not take place due to a power outage inside the facility.

On December 29, FAMU was scheduled to play at Illinois. However, COVID issues within the Illini program led to this shutdown.

FAMU/SWAC men’s hoops

The Rattlers and Wildcats add a new page to their rivalry by playing as SWAC neighbors.

B-CU returns to action on the floor after sitting out the 2020-21 season. It also has a new head coach in former NBA player Reggie Theus. He is also a sports director.

“We are looking forward to the SWAC game. We know very little about the teams, including our rival, Bethune-Cookman. He didn’t play last year and he has a new coach. It will be an experience total learning experience,” FAMU men’s basketball head coach Robert McCullum said.

“We’re getting to know the teams. We expect SWAC to be just as competitive as MEAC. That will definitely be the case at the top of the conference.”

Florida A&M men's basketball head coach Robert McCullum watches his team from the bench during a game between FAMU and LeMoyne-Owen College at the Al Lawson Center on Monday, November 15, 2021.

FAMU will compete against each school in the conference. It retains the same Saturday-Monday format for all games as in previous years.

Saturday, January 8 is the SWAC home opener for the Rattlers. They host Southern at the Lawson Center.

Other highlights include Jackson State (January 24, February 12) and Texas Southern (February 5).

Texas Southern pulled off the upset of the season by beating then No. 20 Florida 69-54 in Gainesville.

The Jaguars are also the defending SWAC champions.

Florida A&M Rattlers guard MJ Randolph (3) drives the ball upfield during a game between FAMU and LeMoyne-Owen College at the Al Lawson Center on Monday, November 15, 2021.

FAMU’s go-to player is MJ Randolph. He leads the team with 19.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game.

“Our main goal is to win a SWAC championship. We have great chemistry. We know each other and we know the way we play,” said MJ Randolph.

FAMU/SWAC women’s hoops

It was a rough start for first-year head coach Shallon Pillow. The Rattlers are 0-11.

This year marks the return of the women’s program tour after being absent due to the pandemic.

FAMU was chosen to finish last in the SWAC. He hopes to turn heads and surprise teams this season.

Junior Dylan Horton was the bright spot for the Rattler women. She leads the team with 14.3 points.

FAMU's Malarie Brooks scored 15 points in a 64-54 loss to North Florida on Thursday, December 30, 2021.

Anisja Harris is the other double-digit player in points. His season average is 10.4.

Staysha Allen is the leading rebounder averaging 5.4 per game.

Follow FAMU beat writer Rory Sharrock on Twitter @married2game1.

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