The Grambling State Tigers (11-11, 5-4 SWAC) will try to snap the six-game winning streak of Southern University when they welcome the Jaguars (9-13, 6-3 SWAC) to Assembly Center. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 8, 2020.
Southern University Jaguars at Grambling State Tigers Odds Preview
In the Jaguars’ last contest, they defeated the Alcorn State Braves, 93-82. With 26 points and 11 rebounds, Southern University’s Lamarcus Lee put together a solid performance. Southern University played a nearly perfect game. They had a ridiculous free throw rate of 0.580 (above their season average of 0.193) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.640 (above their season average of 0.484). For those same stats, Alcorn State was 0.339 and 0.525, respectively.
The Tigers will look to keep it rolling after dismantling the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils in their last game, 90-65. Grambling State was led by Ivy Smith Jr., who had 19 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. Grambling State played a flawless game. They had a free throw rate of 0.194 (matching their season average) and a turnover percentage of 13.6 (better than their season average of 17.6). For those same stats, Mississippi Valley State was 0.078 and 21.8, respectively.
This game should be a battle of opposite tempos. Grambling State prefers a fast-paced style of play (67th in possessions per game), while Southern University is slower-paced (205th in possessions per game).
These two teams have already met once this season. The Tigers won 61-56. Grambling State did a great job of converting from the free throw line (21-23; 91.3 percent). Southern University, meanwhile, had a better effective field goal percentage (0.480 vs. 0.444). DeVante Jackson was a standout player in the game, putting up 13 points.
Southern University Jaguars at Grambling State Tigers ATS Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Grambling State, ATS Winner – Grambling State, O/U – Over
The Tigers average 7.5 steals per game, which ranks 62nd in the NCAA. The Jaguars rank 85th in steals allowed per game (6.1).
Grambling State blocks 3.7 opponent shots per game, which is ranked 73rd in the country. Southern University ranks 79th in blocks allowed per game (3.1).
Southern University ranks 23rd in three pointers allowed per game (18.0) while Grambling State ranks 161st (22.4).
The Jaguars rank 50th in assists allowed per game (11.0) while the Tigers rank 186th (13.9).
Southern University ranks 36th in rebounds allowed per game (31.7) while Grambling State ranks 68th (33.0).
The Tigers have been outscored by an average of 1.0 point in their last five games. For the season, Grambling State has defeated opponents by an average of 3.0 points.
During their last five games, the Jaguars have scored an average of 77.8 points per game (11.8 above their season average) and allowed an average of 65.0 points per game (2.7 below their season average).