Today at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas the No. 1 Southern University Jaguars and the No. 4 Prairie View A&M Panthers will battle it out for the Southwestern Athletic Conference Tournament title and a spot in the field of 68 for this season’s NCAA Tournament.
The Jaguars bring a four-game winning streak over Prairie View A&M into this matchup, including a 50-45 victory at home and a 61-39 romp on the road in this year’s series. Southern rolled over No. 6 Alabama A&M 72-59 as a 12-point favorite in its only other game in this tournament.
Supporters of the Panthers have watched them go 15-18 and 3-0 ATS on the year, while the Jaguars are at 22-9 and 5-0 ATS. In totals betting, the Jaguars are 2-0, while the Panthers have a 3-0 mark.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 86 (Jaguars) and the No. 157 (Panthers) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 75-63 result in favor of the Jaguars has been projected by the scores prediction engine.
How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Panthers is ranked No. 4 in NCAA hoops at 40.5 per game. Contrast that with Southern’s No. 145 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Southern is the No. 95-ranked team in the country at 6.9 per game, while Prairie View A&M rates No. 339 at 3.8 per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Prairie View A&M owns the country's No. 124-rated mark, allowing 67.5 points per game on the highway. Southern, on the other hand, rates No. 155 in scoring at home.
Last time out for Prairie View A&M, they were an 88-75 winner as they battled Jackson State on the road. They covered in the match as a 2.5-point underdog. Jourdan DeMuynck went off for 37 points and added 5 rebounds for good measure, leading Prairie View A&M to an 88-75 win over Jackson State on Friday at Curtis Culwell Center.
Southern won its last outing, a 72-59 result against Alabama A&M on March 15. They covered in that game as a 12-point favorite. Southern earned a 72-59 victory over Alabama A&M on Friday, getting 19 points from Derick Beltran at Curtis Culwell Center.