The Texas Southern Tigers and the Alcorn State Braves meet Monday in college basketball action from Davey Whitney Complex. Texas Southern played Jackson State in their last matchup. The Tigers ended up losing by two points. As for Alcorn State, they’re coming off a Saturday game versus Prairie View A&M. In that one the Braves fell by four points. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Texas Southern Tigers
Texas Southern had a rough start to the season, going just 6-14 over their first 20 outings. The Tigers got better on a 5-3 run over their next eight, beating Alabama State, Bethune-Cookman, Southern U, MS Valley State and AR-Pine Bluff along the way.
Matched up against Jackson State on Saturday, the Tigers took a 37-29 deficit into the second half. Texas Southern fought back on a 40-34 run from there but still lost 71-69. Joirdon Karl Nicholas led the team on 16 points with 14 rebounds.
Alcorn State Braves
Over on the Alcorn State side, they hit a sketchy 9-10 run to start out the year. Over the next seven the Braves went a nice 6-1 though, beating Grambling State, AR-Pine Bluff, MS Valley State, Bethune-Cookman, Florida A&M and Jackson State in that time.
Back on Saturday versus Prairie View A&M, the Braves were within four points at halftime 38-34. Alcorn State couldn’t get any closer in the end, falling 75-71. Tops in scoring was Jeremiah Kendall who doubled on 18 points and 10 rebounds.
ANDREW’S FREE PICK
I’m going to stick with Alcorn State. You could probably make a case either way, though. The Braves didn’t play very well against a plucky Prairie View team in their last game, and the loss snapped a six-game win streak for the Braves. Alcorn State also won the last time these teams met up back on January 14, a 79-74 affair at H&PE Arena. Texas Southern is on a 3-1 stretch over their last four games, and this one will probably be competitive as well. If the Braves play to their capabilities however, I think they’re a better cover play.