The Texas Southern Tigers (12-13, 9-3 SWAC) visit Mississippi Valley State to play the Delta Devils (3-23, 2-11 SWAC) in a game that will likely be up-tempo. Action begins at 5 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 22, 2020.
Texas Southern Tigers vs. Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils Odds Preview
In the Tigers’ last matchup, they were victorious over the Grambling State Tigers, 93-79. With 17 points and 11 rebounds, Yahuza Rasas played well for Texas Southern. Texas Southern dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a fantastically low turnover percentage of 7.2 (better than their season average of 18.5) and a free throw rate of 0.349 (above their season average of 0.268). Grambling State was 17.5 and 0.186, respectively, for those same stats.
The Delta Devils are trying to rebound after their 95-62 loss to the Southern University Jaguars in their last contest. Caleb Hunter was Mississippi Valley State’s leading scorer with 17 points on 5-for-20 shooting. Southern University won the rebounding battle. The Jaguars had 20 offensive rebounds and 53 total rebounds, while the Delta Devils had 13 and 32, respectively.
These two schools have already met once this season. The Tigers won 80-67. The Tigers dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had an absurd offensive rebounding percentage of 41.5 and a great free throw rate of 0.286. The Delta Devils put up marks of 15.1 and 0.225, respectively, for those same stats. Justin Hopkins put up a double-double in the victory with 18 points and 17 rebounds.
There should be a fair amount of transition action in this meeting that showcases two of the NCAA’s more fast-paced teams. Mississippi Valley State ranks first in possessions per game (79.0) and Texas Southern is 16th (74.7).
Texas Southern vs. Mississippi Valley State Betting Prediction
Basketball Tip: SU Winner – Texas Southern, ATS Winner – Texas Southern, O/U – Under
The Tigers rank 210th in assists allowed per game (14.0) while the Delta Devils rank 275th (19.6).
Mississippi Valley State averages 2.9 blocks per game, which ranks 134th in the NCAA. Texas Southern ranks 153rd in blocks allowed per game (4.0).
Mississippi Valley State ranks 18th in three pointers attempted per game (27.6) while Texas Southern ranks 269th (17.8).
The Tigers rank 50th in rebounds per game (38.4) while the Delta Devils rank 301st in rebounds allowed per game (48.7).
Mississippi Valley State ranks 67th in steals per game (7.4) while Texas Southern ranks 189th in steals allowed per game (7.3).
The Delta Devils’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 13.8, down from 20.5 for the season.
During their last five games, the Tigers have scored an average of 73.2 points per game (1.9 above their season average) and allowed an average of 74.8 points per game (0.9 below their season average).