Alcorn State Braves vs. Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils - 3/9/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils (7-26) at Alcorn State Braves (15-14)
College Basketball: Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 3:30 pm (Toyota Center)
The Line: Alcorn State Braves -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils battle the Alcorn State Braves in a SWAC quarterfinal bout.
The Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils didn’t have a season for the record books but in the playoffs the name of the game is to live to fight another day. The Delta Devils did just that in an opening round 87-73 win versus Grambling as a one point underdog. MVSU never trailed with a nine point lead at the break before surviving a late rally and pulling away. The Tigers never found the range at 37.7% which negated 21 more looks at the basket while the Delta Devils fired away at 56% with a decisive ten more free throws to overcome 21 giveaways. Marcus Romain scored a career high 32 points and grabbed eleven rebounds with Latrell Love adding 21 points and eight boards. Isaac Williams tossed in 20 points with the rest of the team netting 14 points.
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The Alcorn State Braves were just one of four teams in the SWAC to finish the regular season with a winning record. The Braves were 15-14 but really excelled in the conference with a 13-5 mark that was good for second as both ends of the floor seemed to click in versus league opponents. The numbers say Alcorn State was outscored 72-67 but those numbers were general reverse in conference action and especially so down the stretch where the Braves went 7-3. If Alcorn State can maintain their level of play there is not much that needs to change in the postseason. The play of forward Octavius Brown is crucial with a team leading 13 points and seven rebounds with Tamarico Wilson the only other DD at 12 points. The Braves have four forwards and a guard who contribute 7-9 points and can hit the glass so this team has potential.
On paper Alcorn State seems to have an advantage but I’m sure the Delta Devils 56% marksmanship caught their eye. No line is out but the Braves will be favored but perhaps not as much if Mississippi Valley State struggled in their opener and both games went to overtime in the regular season as well...