Mississippi Valley State vs. Grambling State - 2/3/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Mississippi Valley State vs. Grambling State - 2/3/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Grambling State Tigers (10-11) at Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils (2-19)

College Basketball: Monday, February 3, 2020 at 8:30 pm (Harrison Complex)

The Line: Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils +8.5 -- Over/Under: 150.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Grambling Tigers and the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils meet in SWAC college basketball action from the Robert W. Harrison Complex on Monday night.

The Grambling Tigers will look to build on a 49-47 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff last time out. Travon Bunch led the Tigers with 13 points on 5 of 7 shooting with 4 rebounds while Ivy Smith Jr. added 10 points with 3 steals as the only other double-digit scorer for Grambling in the winning effort. Prince Moss added 7 points with a team-high 6 rebounds and Cam Christon added 6 points with 5 rebounds.  Devante Jackson added 7 points but still leads Grambling in scoring with an average of 12.8 points per game while Smith Jr. leads the Tigers in assists with 4.6 assists per game and Terreon Randolph leads the Tigers in rebounding with 6.2 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Grambling is averaging 71.6 points per game on 45.1% shooting from the field, 29.2% from behind the arc and 66.4% from the foul line this season.

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The Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils will be out to snap a five-game losing streak after an 85-65 loss to Jackson State last time out. Michael Green led the way with 23 points on 8 of 20 shooting with 3 threes while Quinton Alston added 10 points with 6 rebounds as the only other double-digit scorer for Mississippi Valley State in the losing effort. Gebreal Samaha added a team-high 7 rebounds while Ahmadu Samor added a team-high 4 assists and a pair of steals as well in the defeat. Green leads MVSU in scoring with an average of 17 points per game while Brandon Kimble leads the Delta Devils in rebounding with 6.7 rebounds per game and Torico Simmons leads Mississippi Valley State in assists with 2.4 assists per game this season. As a team, Mississippi Valley State is averaging 66.3 points per game on 36% shooting from the field, 27.3% from behind the arc and 65.8% from the foul line this season.

Grambling is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games while the over is 6-2 in their last 8 games following a win. Mississippi Valley State is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games following a loss.

The points with the Delta Devils are kind of tempting as Grambling hasn’t really performed well enough to associate a near double-digit road favorite line with them like we have here. However, Mississippi Valley State is being outscored by 15 points per game at home this season and allowing 86 points per game on their home floor as well as being outscored by 17.6 points and giving up 89.2 points per game across their last 5 games. This is just a winnable spot for the Tigers and I think Grambling takes this one by double digits so I’ll lay the points with Grambling here.

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Chris’s Pick Grambling -8.5

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