|Texas Southern||O Strong 16.3||F Sturdivant 7.3||R Penn 5.5|
|Mississippi Valley State||D Usher 16.8||M Smith 6.5||D Marshall 2.9|
Mississippi Valley State welcomes Texas Southern to Harrison HPER Complex on Monday. It starts at 8:30 EST. The Delta Devils are 6-3 against the Tigers over the last four years. The last time they met (3/10/2012) they won 71-69.
Texas Southern maintains 4th place in the SWAC while Mississippi Valley State sits at 7th place.
In a 73-64 win over Prairie View A&M on January 19th, Matt Smith put up 21 points and 8 rebounds for the Delta Devils. He contributes a team-high 6.5 rebounds per game and 1.5 blocks per game. For the Tigers, Omar Strong finished with 18 points in the 66-63 loss to Arkansas-Pine Bluff on January 19th. His 16.3 points per game is the highest mark on the team.
There is one important category where Texas Southern has a statistical edge, scoring, where the Tigers have the upper hand over the Delta Devils, 66 points per game to 59 points per game. Texas Southern will hope to exploit their strength in turnover percentage in this matchup. Their mark of 18.0 in this area ranks 1st in the conference and 58th in the country.
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- Keep filling up on cupcakes. Mississippi Valley State has a stronger schedule than Texas Southern this season (SOS Rank: #7 vs #16).
- Itta Bena isn't as congested as Houston (population is significantly lower).
- It must sting. Mississippi Valley State has blown out Texas Southern by 20 points or more on 7 occasions since 1996.
- Matt Smith is ranked 6th in the SWAC in rebounds and 6th in the SWAC in blocks.
- Mississippi Valley State has a better overall winning percentage over the last 10 years (0.442 to 0.388).
- Davon Usher is ranked 8th in the SWAC in points and 10th in the SWAC in three-pointers.
- We're so much better than you, we get lazy. Mississippi Valley State has come back to win after being down at half against Texas Southern 7 times since 1997.
- You get an A for effort, but Mississippi Valley State has emerged victorious against Texas Southern the last 3 times they've played.
- Winning is in our blood. Mississippi Valley State had a better record in close games than Texas Southern last season (7-3 vs 3-7).