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Texas Southern Tigers vs. Alabama State Hornets Pick-Odds-Prediction - 3/14/14 SWAC semifinal

Alabama State Hornets (19-11) at Texas Southern Tigers (17-14)

College Basketball: Friday, March 14, 2014 at 3:30 pm (Toyota Center)

The Line: Texas Southern Tigers -8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: not listed

The SWAC tourney continues with the Alabama State Hornets facing the Texas Southern Tigers in the semifinals.

Alabama State had been playing great defense to close the regular season and that defense helped them to a 64-51 victory over quarterfinal opponent Alcorn State on Thursday. The offense was none too shabby on 46% marksmanship but the defense stole the show by allowing the Braves to connect at a paltry 30.5% which was decisive. Jamel Waters paced four double digit scorers with 16 points followed by a 12 point, ten pull effort from Luther Page while Tony Armstrong and Demarcus Robinson netted ten points each.

Texas Southern Tigers vs. Alabama State Hornets Pick-Odds-Prediction - 3/14/14 SWAC semifinal

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Texas Southern and their high powered offense has been clicking for weeks and that was a good sign heading in their postseason match up against defensively challenged Grambling. Grambling had no shot with the Tigers up 13 at the break and continuing to press the isssue to the final buzzer. TSU hit at 47.5% from the floor which was way too much for Grambling's 29% accuracy to compete with. Aaric Murray led the scoring parade with 18 points before fouling out in 20 minutes with Madarious Gibbs adding 15 points and six helpers followed by a 13 point, ten rebound effort from D'Angelo Scott.

Tough to say what is going on here with both teams doing some winning but combing through the numbers I see Texas Southern has performed better versus similar competition. I'll look this over as I wait for a line...We don't see these guys play to get a handle on them so I'll go with defense and hope for a cover.

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