The Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils head to Prairie View A&M with their sights on their second win of the season. I’ve highlighted the Delta Devils of the SWAC several times this season, and it has been a lot of bad news to report regarding Mississippi Valley State. I think that head coach Lindsey Hunter can get this program going in the right direction, but it’s going to require a lot of patience.
The next year or two should continue to be difficult for the Delta Devils. However, I’d be surprised if we don’t see some form of progress next season. Hunter was hired in the spring of 2019, so another bad season and he could be on the hot seat, though. In an era of college basketball where freshmen are going to teams and making an impact right away, there isn’t as much patience as college football when it comes to a new coach.
Hunter went 3-27 in his first season at Mississippi Valley State. Barring an upset in the final four games of the season, the Delta Devils will finish with just one win this season. They were on a collision course with no wins, but were fortunate enough to edge out Alabama State, 68-65, on the road two weeks ago. Their best chance of winning another game is going to come in the final game.
Mississippi Valley State will host Arkansas-Pine Bluff on March 6 to close out the regular season. Arkansas-Pine Bluff may not be as bad, but they’re certainly a bad team. The Delta Devils will have the privilege of wrapping things up at home. Don’t count on a win against Prairie View, Jackson State, or Grambling State, though. The Delta Devils dropped to 1-18 on the season against Texas Southern on Tuesday. Texas Southern took control of that game from the start, and cleared Mississippi Valley State easily for a 82-45 win.
Pride is the only thing on the line for the Delta Devils, though a lot more is in play for the Panthers. They are in the thick of the SWAC race, and are going into Thursday evening with a record of 9-4 and a perfect 8-0 in the conference. They’re the only team in the conference with eight wins, and currently leading Jackson State for the top spot. Head below for our free Mississippi Valley State vs. Prairie View A&M pick on February 25, 2021.
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Mississippi Valley State were chased off the floor against 8-8 Texas Southern. I will admit that Texas Southern is a better team than their record indicates, but the Delta Devils showed zero resistance in that one. Texas Southern can score, though their defense leaves the door open for opponents.
MVSU were unable to take advantage of their weak defense. Their offensive output was awful, as the Delta Devils scored only 45 points against a beatable defensive team. Bad offense continues a trend this season for them, but that was on an entirely new level of bad, even for MVSU. The Delta Devils are 344th in the NCAA with 55.7 points recorded per game. That is not dead last, but they’re allowing more points than anyone.
Texas Southern took full advantage of their defensive holes. Everyone has this season, though, as MVSU has conceded a whopping 90.1 points per game. On the road, their holes have been bigger, with 93.8 points against per contest. For a head coach that was well-known for his hard-nosed defense in the NBA, Lindsey Hunter has been finding it hard to implement his defensive philosophy.
He absolutely has to recruit high schoolers that want to grind and get physical defensively. The Panthers own the best defense in the SWAC. They are polar opposites in this regard, and an image of what Hunter would love on his squad. Overall, Prairie View has conceded 63.8 points per game for 37th in the country. At home they’ve been better as well, with 58.6 points scored per game.
The offense has lagged behind, with 70.3 points per game, but they’re shooting a more than respectable 45.9% from the field for 77th in the NCAA. MVSU is a horrific 1-10 ATS in their last 11 against teams with a winning record. In their first meeting this season, Prairie View embarrassed the Delta Devils 77-31 on the road in January. I suspect something a little closer, but 31.5 points still looks too low. A 82-46 win would do the trick.