The Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils (2-19, 1-7 SWAC), who are currently on a five-game skid, will attempt to get back in the win column when they welcome the Grambling State Tigers (10-11, 4-4 SWAC) to Harrison Complex. Action starts at 8:30 p.m. ET on Monday, February 3, 2020.
Grambling State Tigers vs. Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils Free Preview
The Tigers barely escaped the UAPB Golden Lions in their last outing, 49-47. Travon Bunch led Grambling State in scoring with 13 points on 5-for-7 shooting. Grambling State played a nearly flawless game. They had a phenomenal free throw rate of 0.341 (above their season average of 0.221) and a turnover percentage of 21.4 (worse than their season average of 17.4). UAPB was 0.122 and 21.9, respectively, for those same stats.
In the Delta Devils’ previous outing, they were beaten by the Jackson State Tigers, 85-65. Michael Green led Mississippi Valley State in scoring with 23 points on 8-for-20 shooting. Jackson State had an offensive rebounding percentage of 32.5 (above their season average of 26.4). Mississippi Valley State, on the other hand, had a better turnover percentage (15.8 vs. 16.9).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. The Tigers won both matchups played against each other last season. In the last game, Grambling State won 77-75. Grambling State had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.588 vs. 0.422). Mississippi Valley State, on the other hand, did a terrific job of making free throws (21-26; 80.8 percent).
Second-chance points might be hard to come by for Mississippi Valley State in this showdown. The Delta Devils are among the nation’s elite on the offensive glass, ranking 312th in offensive rebounding percentage at 23.5 percent. Meanwhile, Grambling State ranks 50th in the country at corralling defensive rebounds with a defensive rebounding percentage of 75.5 percent.
Grambling State at Mississippi Valley State Prediction
College Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Grambling State, ATS Winner – Grambling State, O/U – Under
The Tigers average 7.4 steals per game, which ranks 75th in the NCAA. The Delta Devils rank 160th in steals allowed per game (7.0).
Mississippi Valley State ranks 16th in three pointers attempted per game (28.0) while Grambling State ranks 274th (16.5).
The Tigers rank 62nd in rebounds allowed per game (32.9) while the Delta Devils rank 282nd (48.8).
Grambling State averages 13.0 assists per game, which ranks 148th in the NCAA. Mississippi Valley State ranks 259th in assists allowed per game (20.4).
The Delta Devils’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 17.6, down from 22.1 for the season.
During their last five games, the Tigers have scored an average of 57.8 points per game (13.8 below their season average) and allowed an average of 67.4 points per game (2.3 below their season average).