The No. 1 seed Alcorn State Braves (18-12, 15-3 SWAC) will face off against the No. 8 seed Texas Southern Tigers (11-20, 7-11 SWAC) in the SWAC Tournament Wednesday at Bartow Arena, starting at 9:30 PM.
The Braves play the Tigers in a game that Alcorn State is currently a slim favorite by 2 points. The matchup’s over/under is 141.5.
Alcorn State vs. Texas Southern Odds
Point Spread for Alcorn State vs. Texas Southern
The spread for this matchup is set at 2 points, with sportsbooks listing Alcorn State as the favorite.
Alcorn State vs. Texas Southern Moneyline
As for the moneyline, Alcorn State has -137 odds to pick up the win, while Texas Southern is listed at +115 to claim victory.
Finally, the total for the game is set at 141.5 points.
Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Wednesday, March 8, 2023
- Game Time: 9:30 PM ET
- TV Channel: ESPN+
- Location: Birmingham, Alabama
- Arena: Bartow Arena
Alcorn State vs. Texas Southern Betting Trends
Alcorn State has 15 wins against the spread in 30 games this year. The Braves have come away with 11 wins in the 13 contests they have been listed as the favorites in this season. Alcorn State’s games this year have gone over the total in 16 out of 29 opportunities (55.2%).
Texas Southern has played 29 games, with eight wins, against the spread. The Tigers have won two of the 13 games they were the moneyline underdog this season (15.4%). Texas Southern’s games this year have hit the over 14 times in 29 opportunities (48.3%).
Alcorn State vs. Texas Southern Key Players to Watch
Byron Joshua leads his team in assists per contest (4.1), and also puts up 10.9 points and 3.7 rebounds. At the other end, he averages 1.6 steals and 0.1 blocked shots. Jeremiah Kendall leads his squad in rebounds per game (6.9), and also posts 11.2 points and 0.5 assists. Defensively, he averages 0.8 steals and 0.4 blocked shots. Dominic Brewton puts up a team-best 12 points per contest. He is also posting 3.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists, shooting 40.5% from the field. Dekedran Thorn is averaging 8.9 points, 1 assists and 3 rebounds per game.
Joirdon Karl Nicholas paces the Tigers in rebounding (9.2 per game), and puts up 11.2 points and 1.5 assists. He also posts 0.8 steals and 1.1 blocked shots. The Tigers receive 12.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game from John Walker III. Davon Barnes is putting up team highs in points (13.2 per game) and assists (2). And he is contributing 4.1 rebounds, making 42.4% of his shots from the floor. The Tigers get 8.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game from Zytarious Mortle.
What you need to know about the Alcorn State Braves
Alcorn State is 9-9-0 ATS in conference play this season. The Braves are 271st in the nation with 68.3 points per game this year. At the other end, they rank 198th with 70.8 points allowed per contest. Alcorn State is 212th in the nation with 31.3 rebounds per game so far this year. Meanwhile, it ranks 180th with 31 rebounds allowed per game.
In terms of three-pointers, Alcorn State is struggling, as it ranks 14th-worst in college basketball in treys made (5.2 per game) and seventh-worst in three-point percentage (29.6%). This year, the Braves are ceding 7.5 three-pointers per game (218th-ranked in college basketball) and are allowing opposing teams to shoot 33.5% (166th-ranked) from downtown.
The Braves have a 5-5 record against the spread while going 9-1 overall over their last 10 games. In its past 10 games, Alcorn State has gone over the total five times. In its last 10 games, Alcorn State has been scoring 72.5 points per game, an average that’s slightly higher than the 68.3 it has scored over the course of the 2022-23 season. Alcorn State’s defense has been tough as of late, as the team has given up 66.9 points per game over its past 10 compared to the 70.8 points per game its opponents average on the season.
What you need to know about the Texas Southern Tigers
Texas Southern has covered four times in 18 matchups with a spread in conference action this season. The Tigers are 226th in the country in points scored (69.7 per game) and 258th in points conceded (72.7). Texas Southern is 58th in the country in rebounds per game (33.9) and 256th in rebounds conceded (32.2).
Texas Southern is the second-worst squad in the country in 3-pointers made (4.8 per game) and -3-worst in 3-point percentage (27.8%). In 2022-23, the Tigers are 153rd in the country in 3-pointers conceded (7 per game) and 219th in defensive 3-point percentage (34.4%).
In their last 10 contests, the Tigers have two wins against the spread, and are 4-6 overall. In its past 10 games, Texas Southern has gone over the total six times. Texas Southern has played better offensively in its last 10 games, averaging 70.5 points per contest, 0.8 more than its season average of 69.7. In their previous 10 games, the Tigers are giving up 71.9 points per contest, 0.8 fewer points than their season average (72.7).
Alcorn State vs. Texas Southern Prediction & Pick
Our pick to win this contest is Alcorn State, and we project that Alcorn State will cover the spread (Alcorn State -2). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 141.5 points.
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