Southern Jaguars vs. Texas Southern Tigers - 1/5/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas Southern Tigers (4-10) at Southern Jaguars (4-11)
College Basketball: Monday, January 5, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Clark Center)
The Line: Southern Jaguars 0 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The F.G. Clark Center and the Southern University Jaguars host the Texas Southern Tigers Tigers in SWAC action.
At first glance the Texas Southern Tigers 4-10 record looks bad but a number nine strength of schedule says a lot. The Tigers have beaten Michigan State and Kansas State so I tend to ignore their record altogether. The Tigers are hoping to build on a 72-55 victory at Alcorn State with a 41-18 first half lead essentially ending this one. TSU played well at both ends of the floor with the Braves held to 36.8% from the floor while connecting at 49% themselves with an 18-8 edge at the line. Tonnie Collier carried the Texas Southern offense with a contest high 27 points and five yanks with Chris Thomas next in line with 18 points and ten rebounds. Madarious Gibbs and Deverell Biggs combined for 20 points but no other player scored.
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Like their counterparts the Southern University Jaguars have a not so glamarous 4-11 record but they have played a tough schedule and are better then what their numbers say. The Jaguars snapped a three game slide with a conference opening 68-56 victory over visiting Prairie View A&M on Saturday. A 41-27 second half run erased a five point deficit with the defense limiting the Panthers to just 36.8% shooting and 15 turnovers. The Jaguars sank shots at 43% but took the game over by turning 23 Panthers personals in to a decisive 24-9 edge at the line. Trelun Banks led the Southern offense with a game high 17 points and five turnovers while Adrian Rodgers added 13 points. Tre Lynch followed with a 12 point, five pull effort with Christopher Hyder chipping in with eight points.
The Tigers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. Texas Southern are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600 and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Jaguars are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. win and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400. Southern U are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400 and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games. Both teams have the potential to win this but I have been so impressed with the poise of Texas Southern...