Southern University vs. Mississippi Valley State: Full Game Preview

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Southern University vs. Mississippi Valley State: Full Game Preview
Southern University
(16-8, 6-8 away)
Mississippi Valley State
(4-18, 3-4 home)
Venue: Harrison HPER Complex
8:30PM ET / 5:30PM PT, February 11, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Southern University D Beltran 16.6 B Moore 7.6 J Grace 3.9
Mississippi Valley State D Usher 17.5 M Smith 6.5 D Marshall 2.8

Southern University heads to Harrison HPER Complex on Monday to take on Mississippi Valley State. The game gets underway at 8:30 p.m. EST. The Jaguars defeated the Delta Devils 88-54 on Jan. 14 and are 2-7 against them over the past four years.

Southern University is in first place in the conference, Mississippi Valley State is in seventh place.

The Jaguars fell 55-52 to Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Feb. 9. Derick Beltran finished with 18 points in the loss. With 16.6 points per game, he leads the team in scoring average. For the Delta Devils, Davon Usher put up 30 points in the 80-75 win over Alcorn State on Feb. 9. He leads the team in points with 17.5 per game and steals with 1.4 per game.

There are two key statistical areas where Southern University has an advantage. The Jaguars have an edge in field goal percentage, 44 percent to 36 percent. In addition, Southern University has an advantage in scoring, 68 points per game to 60 points per game.

Mississippi Valley State StatSmack

  • Southern University has come back to win after being down at half against Mississippi Valley State four times since 1999.
  • Southern University has a better scoring defense (57.0 allowed per game vs. 72.7 allowed per game) than Mississippi Valley State this season.
  • Southern University is better at defending the three (26.2 percent allowed vs. 35.8 percent allowed) than Mississippi Valley State this season.
  • Southern University allows fewer rebounds (34.4 allowed per game vs. 39.9 allowed per game) than Mississippi Valley State this season.
  • Jameel Grace is ranked 5th in the SWAC in assists.
  • Even computers respect Southern University more. Southern University has a better RPI this season than Mississippi Valley State (RPI: No. 196 vs. No. 343).
  • Derick Beltran is ranked 3rd in the SWAC in points, 4th in the SWAC in three-pointers, and 6th in the SWAC in steals.
  • The Southern University three-point leader (Macolm Miller, 65 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the Mississippi Valley State three-point leader (Davon Usher, 42 three-pointers).
  • Southern University is ranked higher than Mississippi Valley State in the SWAC (No. 1 vs. No. 9).
  • It's only wins and losses, but Southern University has a better overall record than Mississippi Valley State this season (16-7 vs. 3-18).
  • Southern University is a better three-point shooting team (37.0 percent vs. 29.1 percent) than Mississippi Valley State this season.
SOU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Macolm Miller 26 16 6 1 1 1 1
B Derick Beltran 34 17 4 2 1 1 2
C+ Brandon Moore 29 6 8 1 1 2 1
C Javan Mitchell 23 9 5 1 0 1 1
C Jameel Grace 27 8 3 4 1 0 2
C- Y. Johnson 17 7 2 0 0 0 1
D+ C. Hyder 21 2 2 3 2 0 1
D Cameron Monroe 17 2 1 1 1 0 1
D Madut Bol 11 2 2 0 0 0 0
D Aaron Alston 8 2 2 0 0 0 1
F Thomas Marshall 4 1 0 0 0 0 1
MVSU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C+ Davon Usher 33 18 6 1 1 0 2
C Matt Smith 30 10 7 0 1 1 2
D+ Darryl Marshall 27 7 2 3 1 0 2
D Darius Tomlin 20 6 2 2 1 0 2
D Ervin Thomas 18 3 4 1 1 1 1
D Blake Ralling 19 3 3 1 1 0 1
D Julius Francis 18 5 3 0 0 0 2
D- Marcus Johnson 16 3 1 1 0 0 1
D- Cameron Dobbs 11 4 1 0 0 0 1
F Nate Brandt 20 2 2 1 0 0 2
F Cortlan Henry 12 2 1 0 0 0 1
F Montreal Holley 10 1 1 0 0 0 0
F C. Samples 8 3 1 0 0 0 1
F Arthur Framery 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
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