The Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils (2-20, 1-8 SWAC), who are currently on a six-game losing streak, will try to get back in the win column when they welcome the Alabama State Hornets (5-17, 4-5 SWAC) to Harrison Complex. Tip-off is scheduled for 5 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 8, 2020.
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In the Hornets’ last outing, they dismantled the Texas Southern Tigers, 79-55. Leon Daniels was the top scorer from either team with 13 points on 3-for-11 shooting. The Hornets, who came into the game averaging an effective field goal percentage of 0.447, had a mark of 0.500, while the Tigers had a turnover percentage of 24.0 (above their season average of 18.2).
The Delta Devils are trying to rebound after their 90-65 loss to the Grambling State Tigers in their last outing. Michael Green was Mississippi Valley State’s high scorer with 21 points on 8-for-17 shooting. Grambling State’s free throw rate was their biggest strength over Mississippi Valley State. The Tigers had a rate of 0.194 (below their season average of 0.225), while the Delta Devils posted a mark of 0.078 (below their season average of 0.138).
These two teams have already met once this season. The Hornets won 81-75. Alabama State had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.549 vs. 0.401). Mississippi Valley State, on the other hand, had a much better turnover percentage (5.7 vs. 15.1). Torico Simmons was the game’s top overall scorer with 26 points.
This game should be a battle of opposite styles. Mississippi Valley State prefers to play up-tempo (first in possessions per game), while Alabama State is slower-paced (178th in possessions per game).
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College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Alabama State, ATS Winner – Alabama State, O/U – Over
The Hornets rank 188th in assists allowed per game (14.0) while the Delta Devils rank 259th (20.4).
Mississippi Valley State averages 2.9 blocks per game, which is ranked 134th in the country. Alabama State ranks 135th in blocks allowed per game (3.8).
Alabama State ranks 68th in three pointers allowed per game (20.0) while Mississippi Valley State ranks 257th (25.5).
The Delta Devils rank 148th in rebounds per game (35.9) while the Hornets rank 287th (30.7).
Mississippi Valley State averages 7.1 steals per game, which ranks 83rd in the country. Alabama State ranks 159th in steals allowed per game (7.1).
The Delta Devils’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 16.2, down from 22.2 for the season.
During their last five games, the Hornets have scored an average of 65.4 points per game (4.6 above their season average) and allowed an average of 60.6 points per game (12.4 below their season average).