Texas Southern Tigers vs. Southern Jaguars Pick-Odds-Prediction - 1/6/14
Southern Jaguars (5-9) at Texas Southern Tigers (5-8)
College Basketball: Monday, January 6, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Health and PE Arena)
The Line: Texas Southern Tigers -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN U
The Texas Southern Tigers clash with the Southern University Jaguars at the Health & PE Arena.
Southern has played a top 40 strength of schedule but their 5-9 record tells us which column those results can be found. The Jaguars have scored the basketball and defended reasonably well but have been inconsistent at times. The defense saved the day in a 60-57 victory over Prairie View in which the Panthers were held to 36.7% shooting and 18 turnovers. SU connected at 46.8% but gave the ball away 16 times which kept the game close. The Southern offense was a two man crew of Calvin Godfrey and Malcolm Miller who scored 16 points each while grabbing five boards each.
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Texas Southern scores their share of points but opponents have as well so fans of offense probably would enjoy watching this team play. However winning hasn't been linked to all the scoring with their 5-8 record as proof although both ends of the floor came together in an 83-66 decision over Alcorn State. The Tigers burned the nets at nearly 54% while holding the Braves to 40% with a 21-6 edge at the charity stripe being decisive. Aaric Murray poured in a game high 26 points and hauled in eleven rebounds followed by Jose Rodriguez with 16 points and ten boards. Lawrence Johnson-Danner and D'Angelo Scott added 14 and 13 points with Madarious Gibbs contributing nine points and handing out eleven assists.
I am trying to find an edge here but Southern can't win on the road but can score and defend so the question is can they hang with Texas Southern on the road. The numbers say maybe but numbers can lie so pass for me...