The Alabama State Hornets (8-22, 7-10 SWAC) and Grambling State Tigers (16-14, 10-7 SWAC) will square off at Dunn-Oliver Acadome to bring the regular season to a close. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 7, 2020.
Grambling State Tigers vs. Alabama State Hornets Odds Preview
The last time the Tigers played, they lost a tough one against the Alabama A&M Bulldogs, 58-57. Grambling State’s Ivy Smith Jr. had a solid game, leading the team in scoring with 16 points on 6-for-11 shooting. Alabama A&M had an offensive rebounding percentage of 41.7 (above their season average of 24.9). Grambling State, on the other hand, did a fantastic job of converting from the free throw line (12-15; 80.0 percent).
The Hornets are trying to rebound after their 71-59 loss to the Jackson State Tigers in their last game. Leon Daniels was Alabama State’s leading scorer with 14 points on 2-for-11 shooting. Jackson State had an effective field goal percentage of 0.598 (above their season average of 0.457). Alabama State, meanwhile, had an offensive rebounding percentage of 37.5 (above their season average of 25.2).
Alabama State might struggle to score as they face off against one of the nation’s best defenses. Grambling State ranks 76th in defensive efficiency while the Hornets rank 351st in offensive efficiency.
These two schools have already met once this season. The Tigers won 68-63. Grambling State’s free throw rate was their biggest advantage over Alabama State. The Tigers had a rate of 0.271, while the Hornets posted a mark of 0.148. Cameron Christon scored a game-high 13 points.
Grambling State Tigers vs. Alabama State Hornets Betting Prediction
Free Pick: SU Winner – Alabama State, ATS Winner – Alabama State, O/U – Under
Grambling State averages 7.3 steals per game, which ranks 67th in the nation. Alabama State ranks 194th in steals allowed per game (7.3).
The Hornets’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 7.8, down from 9.4 for the season.
During their last five games, the Tigers have scored an average of 68.0 points per game (3.6 below their season average) and allowed an average of 63.8 points per game (4.7 below their season average).