If you like SWAC basketball then you’re in luck on Tuesday night. There is some SWAC action in the south today. One of those games in the conference is the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils and Texas Southern Tigers. Mississippi Valley State and Texas Southern will meet at the H&PE Arena in a not so highly anticipated matchup. I say not highly anticipated, but it looks like a spot where we can make some money at least. This is one of those games that would have nobody in attendance regardless if we’re in a pandemic or not, but sometimes can provide the best chances to profit.
Texas Southern doesn’t have great standing in the SWAC, but serviceable enough and certainly could win a wide-open conference tournament. This one could go in any direction. Besides Arkansas Pine Bluff and Mississippi Valley State, it’s a pretty even conference between eight other teams. Prairie View and Jackson State are tied at 7-0 in the conference, though just 8-4 and 7-5 overall. Alabama A&M, who is the only other team in the SWAC with an overall record above .500, is 4-4 in the conference.
The Tigers haven’t been spectacular with a record of 7-8 and 4-3 in the conference, but can still win the SWAC. It wouldn’t surprise me if Texas Southern wins, or anyone else not named Arkansas Pine Bluff and Mississippi Valley State. They are bad, and in the case of MVSU, the Delta Devils are really bad. I don’t give the Delta Devils credit for a whole lot, but I will say they’re not giving up and found a win on February 8 against the Alabama State Hornets, 68-65.
Alabama State is bad in their own right, but it was still something that Lindsey Hunter and his team could smile about. Mississippi Valley State goes into Tuesday night with a porous record of 1-17 and 1-9 in the SWAC. And right after beating Alabama State, the Delta Devils reverted to their losing ways with a 70-56 loss against Alcorn State at home. Mississippi State will be back on the road tonight at Texas Southern. If they fail to bring an A+ effort, then this one could quickly get away from them as well. Head below for our free Mississippi Valley State vs. Texas Southern pick on February 23, 2021.
Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils vs. Texas Southern Tigers NCAA Betting Odds:
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Covering spreads should be seen as a win inside the MVSU locker room at this point. They’ve lost so many games that finding a silver lining would be best for the Delta Devils. This team hasn’t covered a lot of basketball games, and may struggle to cover 28 points on the road tonight. The Delta Devils are just 5-13 ATS entering Tuesday evening. If you’ve been tailing them hoping for some kind of variance to work in their favor, it generally hasn’t happened.
Besides that outlier win against Alabama State, the Delta Devils have been the same throughout the season. The same as in the worst team in the NCAA. Note that MVSU has scored an average of only 56.3 points per game for 344th in the country, and embarrassingly enough, their defense has been even worse.
Lindsey Hunter prided himself on being a relentless defender in the NBA. He and Mike James off the bench with the Detroit Pistons during their championship run were two of the most invisible contributors of that team. They did dirty work and pressured teams non-stop on the floor. If he can find enough guys with his motor as a defender, then MVSU will begin improving. It’s a big yikes for them this season, though.
The Delta Devils have gotten creamed for 90.5 points allowed per game. That is 347th in the NCAA. No one team in college basketball allows more points than they do. No, a change of scenery on the road hasn’t helped them either. The Delta Devils have conceded an average of 94.5 points per game as a visitor. Unfortunately for MVSU, the Tigers can score in a hurry at home.
Texas Southern have scored an average of 78.8 points per game at home. That’s an increase of nearly ten points from their overall mark of 71.9 points recorded per contest. Their defense can be beatable, having allowed 71.9 points a game for 222nd in the NBA. They’re coming off a hard-fought loss against a quality Providence team on Sunday by a score of 77-75.
The Tigers win there and they’d be going into tonight on a six-game winning streak. They should take care of business in this one in a big way. Expect Texas Southern to get back on the winning side with a monster blowout over the hapless Delta Devils. Better days are ahead for Lindsey Hunter. Look for a 88-54 win for Texas Southern at home in SWAC play on Tuesday night.