The Alabama State Hornets (1-12), who are currently on a six-game losing streak, will attempt to get back in the win column when they travel to Williams Center to challenge the Jackson State Tigers (3-10). Action begins at 6 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 4, 2020.
Alabama State Hornets at Jackson State Tigers Betting Preview
The last time the Hornets played, they lost big to the No. 6 Oregon Ducks, 98-59. Brandon Battle had a solid game for Alabama State, leading the team in scoring with 14 points on 4-for-11 shooting. Oregon forced the Hornets into a turnover percentage of 24.4 (above their season average of 20.1). Alabama State, meanwhile, had a free throw rate of 0.200 (above their season average of 0.195).
The Tigers are trying to rebound after their 83-57 loss to the No. 6 Baylor Bears in their last outing. Roland Griffin was Jackson State’s leading scorer with 16 points on 6-for-13 shooting. One of Baylor’s largest advantages was getting to the charity stripe. They had 28 free throw attempts, while Jackson State had 17.
This contest should be a showdown of conflicting styles. Jackson State has preferred to play fast (83rd in possessions per game), while Alabama State has been more methodical (201st in possessions per game). It could also be an error-filled game for the Hornets’ offense, which ranks 325th in ball protection (turnover percentage of 22.7 percent). They’ll be going up against the top-notch defense of the Tigers, which forces the 10th-most turnovers in the country (26.5 percent).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. The Hornets won two out of three matchups played against each other last season. In the most recent contest, Alabama State won 58-49. The Hornets’ 36.4 offensive rebounding percentage was their biggest advantage over the Tigers, who had a rate of 26.5.
Alabama State Hornets vs. Jackson State Tigers Odds Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Jackson State, ATS Winner – Jackson State, O/U – Over
Jackson State ranks 261st in rebounds per game (30.5) while Alabama State ranks 271st (28.2).
The Tigers’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 1.4, down from 9.2 for the season.
During their last five games, the Hornets have scored an average of 57.8 points per game (0.6 above their season average) and allowed an average of 87.0 points per game (7.9 above their season average).