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Texas Southern vs. Mississippi Valley State - 2/25/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Mississippi Valley State at Texas Southern
Date & Time Monday February 25, 2019, 8:30 PM (EST)
Location
H&PE Arena
Houston, TC
The Line
Texas Southern -20.5 -- Over/Under: TBD
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The Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils will travel to H&PE Arena to take on the Texas Southern Tigers this Monday night in College Basketball action.

The Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils had their 2-game wining streak snapped and dropped to 5-23 (3-11 SWAC) on the season after being defeated by the Prairie View A&M Panthers, 69-63, this past Saturday. Mississippi Valley State led by a 39-30 margin at halftime, however, struggled offensively agianst the SWAC leading Panthers in the 2nd half and couldn’t fight back after Prairie View A&M took a 65-61 lead with 2:04 left in regulation. Mississippi Valley State shot 40.0% from the field and 34.8% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Delta Devils was Dante Scott who had 18 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 assists.

On the season, Mississippi Valley State is averaging 63.8 ppg on 37.9% shooting from the field. The Delta Devils are averaging 5.2 three-pointers per game on 30.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Mississippi Valley State has been led by Dante Scott (13.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.8 apg), Jordan Evans (12.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.9 apg), Gregory Jones-Rollins (10.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.1 spg), and Emmanuel Ejeh (5.9 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.0 apg).

Defensively, Mississippi Valley State is allowing their opponents to average 77.9 ppg on 46.0% shooting from the field. The Delta Devils have a rebound margin of -4.1 and a turnover margin of -0.6.

The Texas Southern Tigers won their 7th straight game and improved to 15-11 (10-3 SWAC) on the season after defeating the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions, 94-74, this past Saturday. Texas Southern was outstanding offensively against the Tigers and had no trouble securing the victory after going into halftime with a 43-34 lead. Texas Southern shot 51.7% from the field and 42.1% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Tigers was Jeremy Combs who had a double-double with 27 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, and 2 steals.

On the season, Texas Southern is averaging 79.4 ppg on 43.5% shooting from the field. The Tigers are averaging 7.6 three-pointers per game on 31.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Texas Southern has been led by Jeremy Combs (16.5 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.2 spg), Trayvon Reed (13.1 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 1.7 bpg), Jalyn Patterson (12.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.3 spg), and Eden Ewing (9.4 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 1.2 apg).

Defensively, Texas Southern is allowing their opponents to average 79.4 ppg on 45.9% shooting from the field. The Tigers have a rebound margin of -0.8 and a turnover margin of 1.0.

The Delta Devils are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record, however, are just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games. The Tigers are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall, however, are just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.

Mississippi Valley State has lost 8 of their last 10 games and currently rank T-336th in scoring offense, 348th in scoring offense, and 319th in scoring defense.

Texas Southern has won 8 of their last 10 games and although their defense has struggled as the Tigers rank just 334th in scoring defense and 289th in defensive FG%, Texas Southern has been solid offensively as they rank 43rd in scoring offense.

Mississippi Valley State has not piled up many wins this season and certainly don’t stand out on paper when looking at their statistics, however, the Delta Devils have actually been pretty solid ATS in SWAC play this season and was competitive in a 65-62 loss at home agianst Texas Southern earlier this season. Texas Southern picked up an incredible victory at Oregon earlier this season and has to be considered as one of the favorites to earn the automatic bid from the SWAC, however, they certainly have some question marks on the defense end. This game has yet to be lined, however, I think Mississippi Valley State is a better team than they’re getting credit for and think the Delta Devils can do enough with this amount of points they’ll get to cover. Good Luck!

Pick:
Mississippi Valley State +20.5

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