SWAC foes will collide when the Texas Southern Tigers (11-13, 8-3 SWAC) square off against the Grambling State Tigers (13-12, 7-5 SWAC) at the Health & PE Center. Action starts at 8:30 p.m. ET on Monday, February 17, 2020.
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Grambling State was beaten by the Prairie View A&M Panthers in its last matchup, 75-69. With 17 points on 6-for-12 shooting, Ivy Smith Jr. was Grambling State’s leading scorer. Prairie View A&M had an offensive rebounding percentage of 46.9 (above their season average of 28.5). Grambling State, meanwhile, did an excellent job of getting and making free throws (21-29; 72.4 percent).
In Texas Southern’s previous game, they topped the Jackson State Tigers, 77-74. Texas Southern rallied around Yahuza Rasas, who recorded 20 points and 16 rebounds. Texas Southern dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a phenomenal offensive rebounding percentage of 52.4 (above their season average of 30.5) and a free throw rate of 0.318 (above their season average of 0.265). For those same stats, Jackson State recorded marks of 15.6 and 0.182, respectively.
These two schools have already met once this season. Texas Southern won 68-61. Texas Southern played a nearly flawless game. They had an absurd free throw rate of 0.396 and a turnover percentage of 15.3. Grambling State had marks of 0.177 and 20.5, respectively, for those same stats. Tyrik Armstrong scored a game-high 17 points.
Grambling State at Texas Southern ATS Prediction
Free Pick: SU Winner – Grambling State, ATS Winner – Grambling State, O/U – Over
Grambling State ranks 60th in blocks per game (3.9) while Texas Southern ranks 155th in blocks allowed per game (4.0).
Texas Southern ranks 266th in three pointers attempted per game (17.8) while Grambling State ranks 289th (16.1).
Grambling State ranks 73rd in rebounds allowed per game (33.1) while Texas Southern ranks 252nd (37.9).
Grambling State ranks 75th in steals per game (7.2) while Texas Southern ranks 198th in steals allowed per game (7.5).
Grambling State ranks 130th in assists per game (13.3) while Texas Southern ranks 227th (11.4).
Texas Southern’s average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 2.2, down from 5.2 for the season.
During their last five games, Grambling State has scored an average of 70.8 points per game (1.5 below their season average) and allowed an average of 64.0 points per game (5.4 below their season average).