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Texas Southern vs Southern 1/2/23 College Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds

Southern Jaguars (4-9) vs. Texas Southern Tigers (4-9)
January 2, 2023 8:30 pm EDT
The Line: Texas Southern Tigers -2.5 / Southern Jaguars +2.5; Over/Under: +140
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The Southern Jaguars and the Texas Southern Tigers meet in college basketball action from the H&PE Arena on Monday night.

The Southern Jaguars will try to rebound from an 80-62 loss to Southeastern Louisiana last time out. Bryson Etienne leads the Jaguars in scoring with 12.1 PPG along with 3.3 RPG while Brion Whitley has 10.5 PPG as the only other double-digit scorer for the Jaguars this season. P.J. Byrd has a team-high 5.6 APG to lead the Jaguars in the assist department up to this point in the year while Terrell Williams Jr. has a team-high 3.8 RPG. As a team, Southern is averaging 73.3 PPG on 43.8% shooting from the field, 34.8% from three and 68.7% from the foul line this season.

The Texas Southern Tigers will hope to build on a 92-54 win over subdivision Huston Tillotson last time out. Davon Barnes has a team-high 14.6 PPG to lead the Tigers in scoring along with 4.3 RPG while Joirdon Karl Nicholas has 11.9 PPG with a team-high 9.1 RPG to lead the Tigers in rebounding. John Walker III has 11.4 PPG and 4.3 RPG while PJ Henry has 10.4 PPG and a team-high 2.3 APG to lead the Tigers in the assist department to round out the scoring in double figures for Texas Southern this season. As a team, Texas Southern is averaging 67.3 PPG on 40.7% shooting from the field, 26.2% from three and 61% from the foul line this season.

Southern is 7-1 ATS in their last 8 Monday games and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS loss while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record. Texas Southern is 1-7 ATS in their last 8 Monday games and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games after scoring 90 points or more in the previous game while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games following a win by 20 or more points.

I get the case to be made for either side here, but I’m leaning towards Texas Southern here. The home team and the favorite has had a lot of the recent success between these two teams and while both have played tough opposition to this point, I just don’t think we’re getting enough points to consider Southern in the underdog role. Give me Texas Southern in this one.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: Texas Southern -2.5

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