The No. 4 seed Southern Jaguars (15-16, 11-7 SWAC) will play in the SWAC Tournament against the No. 5 seed Alabama A&M Bulldogs (14-17, 10-8 SWAC). The teams will face off Thursday at 9:30 PM live on ESPN+.
The Jaguars are currently small 4-point favorites against the Bulldogs. The over/under is 136 points for the matchup.
Southern vs. Alabama A&M Odds
Point Spread for Southern vs. Alabama A&M
The spread for this matchup is set at 4 points, with sportsbooks listing Southern as the favorite.
Southern vs. Alabama A&M Moneyline
As for the moneyline, Southern has -195 odds to pick up the win, while Alabama A&M is listed at +165 to claim victory.
Finally, the total for the game is set at 136 points.
Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Thursday, March 9, 2023
- Game Time: 9:30 PM ET
- TV Channel: ESPN+
- Location: Birmingham, Alabama
- Arena: Bartow Arena
Southern vs. Alabama A&M Betting Trends
Against the spread, Southern is 17-12-0 this year. The Jaguars have been favorites in 18 games this season and have come away with the win 10 times (55.6%) in those contests. Southern’s games this year have eclipsed the over/under 13 times in 27 opportunities (48.1%).
Alabama A&M has 13 wins against the spread in 27 games this year. The Bulldogs have won 33.3% of the games this season they were the underdog on the moneyline (5-10). Alabama A&M’s games this season have hit the over on 12 of 27 set point totals (44.4%).
Southern vs. Alabama A&M Key Players to Watch
P.J. Byrd paces the Jaguars at 5.6 assists per game, while also putting up 2.5 rebounds and 9.3 points. Bryson Etienne puts up 10.7 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists per contest, shooting 39.2% from the floor and 35.3% from downtown with 1.8 made 3-pointers per contest. Brion Whitley paces the Jaguars at 11.5 points per contest, while also putting up 1 assists and 2.9 rebounds. Tyrone Lyons is averaging 9.2 points, 1.1 assists and 4 rebounds per contest.
Garrett Hicks paces the Bulldogs in scoring (13.1 points per game), and averages 3.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists. He also averages 1.7 steals and 0.1 blocked shots. Messiah Thompson is the Bulldogs’ top assist man (3.2 per game), and he contributes 10.3 points and 1.9 rebounds. Olisa Akonobi leads the Bulldogs in rebounding (5.6 per game), and puts up 7.8 points and 0.3 assists. He also delivers 0.2 steals and 1.9 blocked shots. Dailin Smith is averaging 10.5 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists per contest, making 47.9% of his shots from the field.
What you need to know about the Southern Jaguars
Southern and its SWAC opponents have combined to hit the over eight out of 18 times this season. The Jaguars rank 166th in college basketball with 72.2 points per game so far this season. At the other end of the court, they rank 209th with 71.1 points allowed per contest. Southern ranks 247th in the nation with 30.7 rebounds per game so far this year. Meanwhile, it ranks 305th with 33.2 rebounds allowed per contest.
Southern is draining 7.7 treys per game (140th-ranked in college basketball). It sports a 33.4% shooting percentage (221st-ranked) from three-point land. The Jaguars are 217th in the country with 7.5 treys allowed per game this season. Meanwhile, they rank 124th with a 33% shooting percentage allowed from downtown.
The Jaguars have gone 4-6 over their past 10 contests, with a 3-7 record against the spread during that span. In Southern’s past 10 games, it has gone over the total twice. Southern has seen a decrease in scoring recently, putting up 65.5 points per game in its last 10 outings, 6.7 points fewer than the 72.2 it has scored this season. Southern’s points-allowed average over its past 10 games (66.8) is 4.3 fewer points per game than the team is allowing over the entire season (71.1).
What you need to know about the Alabama A&M Bulldogs
Alabama A&M is 8-10-0 ATS in conference action this year. At 69.6 points scored per game and 71.1 points allowed, the Bulldogs are 227th in the country on offense and 209th on defense. At 29.5 rebounds per game and 32.5 rebounds conceded, Alabama A&M is 299th and 275th in the nation, respectively.
Alabama A&M makes 6.9 3-pointers per game and shoots 37.5% from beyond the arc, ranking 232nd and 30th, respectively, in college basketball. Defensively, the Bulldogs are 253rd in the nation in 3-pointers conceded per game at 7.8. They are 238th in 3-point percentage allowed at 34.6%.
The Bulldogs have gone 6-4 over their last 10 contests, with a 5-5 record against the spread in that span. In its past 10 games, Alabama A&M has hit the over five times. In its past 10 games, Alabama A&M is putting up 69.6 points per game, the same number of points as its season average. Over their last 10 games, the Bulldogs are giving up 66.3 points per contest, compared to their season average of 71.1 points allowed.
Southern vs. Alabama A&M Prediction & Pick
Our pick to win this matchup is Southern, and we project that Alabama A&M will cover the spread (Southern -4). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 136 points.
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