The Southeast Missouri State Redhawks and the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders meet Tuesday in NCAA Tournament First Four action from UD Arena. Southeast Missouri State is 19-16 overall on the year. The Redhawks beat Tennessee Tech in the Ohio Valley Tournament back on March 4 in their last appearance. As for Texas A&M-CC, they’re 23-10 on the year and coming off a win over Northwestern State in the Southland Tournament. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Southeast Missouri State Redhawks
Southeast Missouri State managed a sketchy 15-16 run over the regular season. The Redhawks finished things out with consecutive losses to Lindenwood and SIU Edwardsville. SEMO would then beat Lindenwood, Tennessee State and Morehead State in the conference tourney.
Back on March 4 versus Tennessee Tech, Southeast Missouri State scored 35 points in the first half, 40 in the second and 14 in overtime to power out an 89-82 victory. Topping the team was Chris Harris with 26 points and six rebounds.
Texas A&M-CC Islanders
Over on the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi side, they went 21-10 in the regular season. The Islanders beat Northwestern State and Texas A&M-Commerce in their last pair, then took care of McNeese State in the first game of the Southland Tournament.
Last Wednesday in the conference tourney game versus Northwestern State, the Islanders went into the second half with a 31-31 tie. Texas A&M-CC hit a 44-40 stretch the rest of the way for a 75-71 win. Jalen Jackson was tops on 17 points and six assists.
ANDREW’S FREE PICK
I’ll probably stick with Texas A&M-CC. The Islanders finished off the season on an impressive run, and they’ve gone 12-1 over their last 13 games (with a lone loss to Texas A&M-Commerce). Texas A&M-CC is also doing well offensively with 75 or more points in seven straight games. As for Southeast Missouri State, they get credit for an excellent conference tournament run. That said, the Redhawks have given up 80 or more points in five of their last seven outings. There should be plenty of scoring opportunities available for the Islanders in this one, and I think they’ll end up powering out the cover.