The Fairleigh Dickinson Knights and Texas Southern Tigers meet Wednesday in the college basketball First Four at the UD Arena. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The Fairleigh Dickinson Knights are averaging 78.3 points on 45.5 percent shooting and allowing 76 points on 48.4 percent shooting. Demetre Roberts is averaging 16.7 points and 3 rebounds, while Grant Singleton is averaging 14.3 points and 3.3 assists. Ansley Almonor is the third double-digit scorer and Joe Munden Jr. is grabbing 4.9 rebounds. The Fairleigh Dickinson Knights are shooting 34.3 percent from beyond the arc and 74.9 percent from the free throw line. The Fairleigh Dickinson Knights are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.7 rebounds per game.
The Texas Southern Tigers are averaging 69.7 points on 43 percent shooting and allowing 72.7 points on 43.2 percent shooting. Davon Barnes is averaging 13.6 points and 4.4 rebounds, while PJ Henry is averaging 12.7 points and 1.9 rebounds. John Walker III is the third double-digit scorer and Joirdon Karl Nicholas is grabbing 8.9 rebounds. The Texas Southern Tigers are shooting 28.2 percent from beyond the arc and 65.3 percent from the free throw line. The Texas Southern Tigers are allowing 33.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.9 rebounds per game.
The Knights are 2-10 ATS in their last 12 neutral site games and 1-10 ATS in their last 11 Wednesday games. The Tigers are 15-4-2 ATS in their last 21 neutral site games and 8-18 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The over is 4-1 in Knights last 5 neutral site games. The under is 5-2 in Tigers last 7 overall.
The Fairleigh Dickinson Knights has issues defensively, and they wouldn't even be here if Merrimack was allowed to participate in the tournament. The Texas Southern Tigers are playing their best ball of the season right now, and they're a battle tested team that played Texas Tech, Houston, Kansas, and Auburn. I like the form Texas Southern is in right now. I'll lay the bucket.