The Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils (3-26, 2-14 SWAC) will travel to Assembly Center to clash with the Grambling State Tigers (15-13, 9-6 SWAC) in their home finale. Action starts at 8:30 p.m. ET on Monday, March 2, 2020.
Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils at Grambling State Tigers Odds Preview
The Delta Devils fell to the Jackson State Tigers in their last outing, 87-70. Mississippi Valley State’s Caleb Hunter had a solid game, leading both teams in scoring with 30 points on 11-for-23 shooting. One of Jackson State’s largest strengths was getting to the free throw line. They made 29 trips to the line, while Mississippi Valley State went just 13 times.
In the Tigers’ last outing, they defeated the UAPB Golden Lions, 60-46. Grambling State was lifted by Prince Moss, who was the team’s leading scorer with 15 points on 6-for-12 shooting. Grambling State played a perfect game. They had a turnover percentage of 18.5 (worse than their season average of 17.3) and a free throw rate of 0.333 (above their season average of 0.250). For those same stats, UAPB had marks of 30.8 and 0.239, respectively.
The aggressive Grambling State offense seems poised to dominate from the free throw line. The Tigers currently rank 96th in the nation with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.252, while Mississippi Valley State ranks 243rd in FTA rate allowed (0.245).
Both teams have had a player trending in the right direction over their last five games. For the Delta Devils, it’s been Hunter, who has averaged 15 points,2.6 steals, while the Tigers have received great contributions from DeVante Jackson (18 points,7.0 rebounds).
These two squads have already met once this season. The Tigers won 90-65. The Tigers played a flawless game. They had a free throw rate of 0.194 and a turnover percentage of 13.6. For those same stats, the Delta Devils had marks of 0.078 and 21.8, respectively. Ivy Smith Jr. recorded a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils vs. Grambling State Tigers ATS Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Grambling State, ATS Winner – Grambling State, O/U – Over
The Tigers rank 68th in steals per game (7.4) while the Delta Devils rank 172nd in steals allowed per game (7.0).
Grambling State averages 4.0 blocks per game, which ranks 65th in the NCAA. Mississippi Valley State ranks 84th in blocks allowed per game (3.0).
Mississippi Valley State ranks 16th in three pointers attempted per game (27.7) while Grambling State ranks 295th (15.9).
The Tigers rank 70th in rebounds allowed per game (32.9) while the Delta Devils rank 299th (47.8).
Grambling State averages 13.2 assists per game, which ranks 138th in the NCAA. Mississippi Valley State ranks 276th in assists allowed per game (19.3).
The Tigers’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 1.0, down from 2.6 for the season.
During their last five games, the Delta Devils have scored an average of 76.2 points per game (6.0 above their season average) and allowed an average of 91.2 points per game (1.3 above their season average).