|Prairie View A&M||J DeMuynck 14.1||J DeMuynck 5.8||C Blair Jr 5.0|
|Mississippi Valley State||D Usher 17.4||M Smith 6.4||D Marshall 2.8|
Mississippi Valley State plays host to Prairie View A&M at Harrison HPER Complex on Saturday. Tip-off is at 6:00 EST. The Delta Devils are 4-5 against the Panthers over the last four years. The last time they met (2/18/2012) they won 60-58.
Mississippi Valley State is in 8th place in the conference and just behind 7th place Prairie View A&M with a chance to close in.
The Delta Devils were defeated by Southern University 88-54 on January 14th despite 17 points and 5 rebounds from Davon Usher. He paces the team in points per game with 17.4, and steals per game with 1.4. For the Panthers, Jourdan DeMuynck finished with 22 points and 6 rebounds in the 73-59 win over Jackson State on January 14th. He contributes a team-leading 14.1 points per game, 5.8 rebounds per game, and 1.4 steals per game.
Analyzing the differences between the teams, Prairie View A&M has the edge in two important areas. The first is rebounding, where the Panthers have the upper hand, 39 per game to 31 per game. Prairie View A&M also has an advantage in scoring, 66 points per game to 58 points per game. One category in which Prairie View A&M is especially proficient is offensive rebounding percentage at 38.2, ranking 1st in their conference (and 29th nationally).
Prairie View A&M StatSmack
- Matt Smith is ranked 6th in the SWAC in rebounds and 6th in the SWAC in blocks.
- Mississippi Valley State beat Prairie View A&M by 2 points the last time they played (Feb 18, 2012).
- Winning is in our blood. Mississippi Valley State had a better record in close games than Prairie View A&M last season (7-3 vs 4-5).
- It must sting. Mississippi Valley State has blown out Prairie View A&M by 20 points or more on 8 occasions since 1998.
- We're so much better than you, we get lazy. Mississippi Valley State has come back to win after being down at half against Prairie View A&M 5 times since 1996.
- The Mississippi Valley State blocks leader (Matt Smith) has more blocks than the Prairie View A&M blocks leader (Jules Montgomery).
- Mississippi Valley State has a much better overall winning percentage over the last 30 years (0.467 to 0.270).
- You get an A for effort, but Mississippi Valley State has emerged victorious against Prairie View A&M the last 2 times they've played.
- Mississippi Valley State is better under pressure, and has defeated Prairie View A&M in 8 out of the last 14 games decided by 5 points or fewer.
- At least you keep showing up. Mississippi Valley State has an average margin of victory of 15 over Prairie View A&M in 52 wins since 1980.
- Keep filling up on cupcakes. Mississippi Valley State has a stronger schedule than Prairie View A&M this season (SOS Rank: #7 vs #24).
|C||Carl Blair Jr||29||10||4||5||1||0||4|