SWAC foes will clash when the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils (2-15, 1-3 SWAC) clash with the Southern University Jaguars (5-13, 2-3 SWAC) at Harrison Complex. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. ET on Monday, January 20, 2020.
Southern University Jaguars at Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils Odds Preview
The Jaguars easily got past the UAPB Golden Lions in their last outing, 75-56. With eight points and 13 rebounds, Amel Kuljuhovic had a solid game for Southern University. Southern University dominated every stat category in the game. They had a ridiculous free throw rate of 0.365 (above their season average of 0.160) and a turnover percentage of 14.2 (better than their season average of 17.9). UAPB was 0.227 and 22.7, respectively, for those same stats.
In the Delta Devils’ previous game, they were dismantled by the Alcorn State Braves, 105-73. Caleb Hunter was the top scorer from either team with 28 points on 11-for-24 shooting. Alcorn State had an offensive rebounding percentage of 46.7 (above their season average of 32.4). Mississippi Valley State, on the other hand, did an excellent job of making free throws (14-19; 73.7 percent).
It will be a matchup of conflicting styles as the fast-paced Delta Devils will look to push the more methodical Jaguars. The Delta Devils currently rank third in possessions per game while the Jaguars are 225th. Additionally, the Jaguars rank 52nd in offensive rebounding percentage (33.3 percent), while the Delta Devils rank 345th in defensive rebounding percentage (64.7 percent).
This is the first time these teams will meet this year. Each won one of the two games played against each other last season. The Delta Devils won the most recent matchup 70-59. The Delta Devils dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a phenomenal free throw rate of 0.358 and a great offensive rebounding percentage of 28.6. The Jaguars were 0.046 and 23.3, respectively, for those same stats.
Southern University Jaguars vs. Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils ATS Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Southern University, ATS Winner – Southern University, O/U – Over
Southern University ranks 18th in three pointers allowed per game (17.4) while Mississippi Valley State ranks 269th (27.5).
The Jaguars rank 65th in rebounds allowed per game (33.1) while the Delta Devils rank 282nd (48.8).
Southern University ranks 88th in assists allowed per game (11.8) while Mississippi Valley State ranks 258th (20.2).
The Delta Devils’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 14.6, down from 24.0 for the season.
During their last five games, the Jaguars have scored an average of 61.8 points per game (1.5 below their season average) and allowed an average of 61.6 points per game (6.2 below their season average).