|Alabama State||J Freelove 13.8||P Crawford 5.9||D McDaniel 3.4|
|Grambling State||T Rose 13.6||B Purvis 4.7||D Copeland 3.2|
Grambling State plays host to Alabama State at Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center on Saturday. It takes place at 6 p.m. EST. The Tigers fell to the Hornets 69-56 on Jan. 4 and are 1-9 against them over the last four years.
Grambling State is in 10th place in the conference, Alabama State is in seventh place.
In their last matchup on Feb. 28, Bryant Purvis put up 9 points for the Tigers in a loss to Alabama A&M, 74-47. He tallies 6.3 points per game in addition to a team-best 4.7 rebounds per game. For the Hornets, Ryan Watts put up 11 points in the 70-65 loss to Jackson State on Feb. 28. He contributes 2.3 rebounds per game in addition to his 6 points per game.
Alabama State has a statistical edge over Grambling State in a single key area, scoring, where the Hornets have the upper hand over the Tigers, 61 points per game to 49 points per game.
Alabama State StatSmack
- Terry Rose is ranked 21st nationally in three-pointers.
- The Grambling State three-point leader (Terry Rose, 79 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the Alabama State three-point leader (Josh Freelove, 56 three-pointers).
- Grambling isn't as congested as Montgomery (population is significantly lower).
- Grambling State has come back to win after being down at half against Alabama State five times since 1996.
- You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Grambling State currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (858 to 820) than Alabama State, per the NCAA.
- Grambling State is bigger. The average weight of the top 8 players on Grambling State is 210 lbs compared to 185 lbs for Alabama State.
- Grambling State is taller. The average height of the top 8 players on Grambling State is 76.8 inches compared to 75.6 inches for Alabama State.
- The Grambling State basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Alabama State (78 percent vs. 63 percent).
- The Grambling State blocks leader (Peter "PJ" Roberson, 28 blocks) has more blocks than the Alabama State blocks leader (Shawntez Patterson, 18 blocks).