The UAPB Golden Lions (4-25, 3-14 SWAC) and Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils (3-27, 2-15 SWAC) will face off at H.O. Clemmons Arena to finish out the regular season. Action begins at 8:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 7, 2020.
Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils at UAPB Golden Lions Free Preview
In the Delta Devils’ last game, they lost big to the Grambling State Tigers, 81-61. Michael Green had a good game for Mississippi Valley State, leading both teams in scoring with 26 points on 10-for-21 shooting. Grambling State’s 0.182 free throw rate was their largest advantage over Mississippi Valley State, who had a rate of 0.059. The Tigers’ mark was below their season average of 0.252, while the Delta Devils’ was below their season average of 0.145.
The Golden Lions are hoping for a better outcome after their 76-56 loss to the Jackson State Tigers in their last game. Marquell Carter led UAPB in scoring with 18 points on 7-for-13 shooting. Jackson State was effective at getting and making free throws. The Tigers made 20 of their 25 free throws (80.0 percent), while the Golden Lions were just 9-20 (45.0 percent).
It will be a battle of conflicting paces as the up-and-down Delta Devils (ranked first in the country in possessions per game) will look to push the more methodical Golden Lions (320th in possessions per game).
These two squads have already met once this season. The Golden Lions won 80-76. The Golden Lions played a nearly perfect game. They had an extraordinary offensive rebounding percentage of 42.5 and an absurd free throw rate of 0.391. The Delta Devils recorded marks of 20.5 and 0.212, respectively, for those same stats. Markedric Bell was the game’s leading scorer with 33 points.
Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils at UAPB Golden Lions Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – UAPB, ATS Winner – UAPB, O/U – Under
Mississippi Valley State ranks 56th in steals per game (7.6) while UAPB ranks 232nd in steals allowed per game (9.6).
The Golden Lions’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 9.6, down from 14.9 for the season.
During their last five games, the Delta Devils have scored an average of 70.8 points per game (0.9 above their season average) and allowed an average of 89.0 points per game (0.6 below their season average).