Jackson State vs. Alcorn State - 3/10/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Jackson State vs. Alcorn State - 3/10/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

Alcorn State Braves (15-14) at Jackson State Tigers (14-17)

College Basketball: Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 9:00 pm (Williams Center)

The Line: Jackson State Tigers -6.5 -- Over/Under: 140

The Alcorn State Braves will travel to the Lee E. Williams Athletic and Assembly Center to take on the Jackson State Tigers this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.

The Alcorn State Braves finished their regular season with an overall record of 15-14 and earned the 5-seed in the SWAC Men’s Conference Tournament after finishing conference play with an 11-7 record.  Alcorn State comes into the conference tournament with a bunch of confidence as the Braves have won 5 of their last 7 games including back-to-back wins against the 1-seed Prairie View A&M Panthers & 3-seed Texas Southern Tigers.

On the season, Alcorn State is averaging 75.8 ppg on 43.0% shooting from the field. The Braves are averaging 9.2 three-pointers per game on 37.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Alcorn State has been led by Troymain Crosby (13.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.2 spg), Maurice Howard (13.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.1 spg), Corey Tillery (12.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.1 spg), and Deshaw Andrews (12.5 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.2 spg).

Defensively, Alcorn State is allowing their opponents to average 73.3 ppg on 44.7% shooting from the field. The Braves have a rebound margin of 2.1 and a turnover margin of -0.3.

The Jackson State Tigers finished their regular season with an overall record 14-17 and earned the 4-seed in the SWAC Men’s Championship after finishing conference play with a 11-7 record. Jackson State got off a slow start in conference play this season, however, the Tigers turned it around and come into the conference tournament on a 4-game winning streak while also winning 9 of their last 12 games.

On the season, Jackson State is averaging 67.2 ppg on 42.1% shooting from the field. The Tigers are averaging 4.5 three-pointers per game on 26.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Alcorn State has been led by Tristan Jarrett (16.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.3 spg), Roland Griffin (14.4 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.9 apg), Jayveous McKinnis (9.6 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 1.8 bpg), and Jonas James (8.3 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 2.9 apg).

Defensively, Jackson State is allowing their opponents to average 67.9 ppg on 42.1% shooting from the field. The Tigers have a rebound margin of -2.9 and a turnover margin of 3.3.

The Braves are 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 games, however, are just 4-12 SU in their last 16 games away from home against Jackson State. The Tigers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games in March, however, are just 12-14-3 on the season.

Alcorn State has been led by their offense this season which comes into this game ranked 55th in scoring offense, 218th in FG%, 29th in three-pointers made per game, and 27th in 3P-FG%.

Jackson State comes into this match-up led by their defense which ranks 136th in scoring defense, 34th in steals per game, and 23rd in turnover margin.

Jackson State had no trouble taking care of business against Alcorn State during the regular season as the Tigers won by an 11-point margin on the road and a 29-point margin at home, however, Alcorn State is playing like a different team as they demonstrated with their impressive wins against Prairie View & Texas Southern. Alcorn State is a dangerous offensive team from beyond the arc and as Jackson State can struggle offensively as they are not a great shooting team, I think the Braves keep this one close and cover with the points. Good Luck!

Brett’s Pick Alcorn State Braves +6.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.