Prairie View A&M (14-18) vs. Jackson State (11-17)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Friday, March 15, 3:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Curtis Culwell Center (7,000) -- Garland, Texas.
Television: None. Home Record: PVAMU 9-4, JSU 6-3. Away Record: PVAMU 3-13,
JSU 4-14. Neutral Record: PVAMU 2-1, JSU 1-0. Conference Record: PVAMU 8-10,
JSU 9-9. Series Record: Jackson State leads, 55-16.
GAMES NOTES: With a spot in the title game on the line the fourth-seed Prairie
View A&M Panthers and the second-seed Jackson State Tigers will square off in
the semifinals of the Southwestern Athletic Conference Tournament at the
The winner of this contest will move to Saturday's title game to do battle
with either Southern or Alabama A&M.
Prairie View had five players in double figures, two of which dropped double-
doubles, in a real team effort win over Alcorn State in the quarterfinals on
Thursday. The Panthers had been set down in each of their previous two games
and are still sporting a record below .500 overall this season (14-18). Other
than Grambling State, which has never won a league title, the Panthers have
the longest drought between crowns with their last in 1998.
Jackson State has saved its best basketball for the end of the regular season
as a 66-59 win over Alabama State in the first round was its 10th win in the
last 13 games. The Tigers had just a single victory before that and enter this
contest at just 11-17 overall, though they did split their 18 league contests.
Jackson State managed to secure the No. 2 seed because of NCAA sanctions
keeping Texas Southern, Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Mississippi Valley State out.
There has not been a whole lot of parity between these teams historically with
Jackson State holding a 55-16 edge in the all-time series. However this season
the teams split their two matchups with the home team coming out ahead each
Carl Blair scored 14 points, while Montrael Scott (13 points, 10 rebounds)
and Jules Montgomery (11 points, 12 rebounds) each put forth solid efforts for
Prairie View A&M in the quarterfinals. The Panthers were also strong on the
defensive end as they held Alcorn State to 35.4 percent shooting, while
forcing 18 turnovers.
Yet again the Panthers also had an edge on the boards (31-23) which has been
the calling card for them all season. Prairie View is fourth in the country in
rebounds (40.5 pg). Part of that is the poor shooting the Panthers have
suffered with this season as they net just 39.6 percent of their shots from
the field and score 64 points per game. Jourdan DeMuynck (15.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg)
is the only consistent double-figure scorer on the roster but one of five
players shooting below 40 percent from the field. Blair (9.7 ppg, 4.7 apg)
also struggles to consistently hit shots as the second best option.
Though they shot at just a 36.5 percent clip from the field, the Tigers were
able to get past Alabama State by outscoring the Hornets from 3-point range
(15-6) and from the free-throw line (23-11). Christian Williams came up big in
the contest, knocking down three shots from beyond the arc and scoring a game-
high 22 points.
Poor shooting has been an issue for Jackson State all season. The Tigers
connect on just 38.8 percent of their shots from the floor, while assisting on
only 9.2 field goals a contest. On defense the Tigers are letting up more than
70 points per game, allowing teams to shoot just under 45 percent from the
floor. Williams (14.0 ppg) isn't an efficient scorer but he is one of the best
on the roster for the Tigers. The 6-foot-1 guard shoots 38 percent from the
field. Kelsey Howard (14.4 ppg) is the leading offensive option. Dundrecous
Nelson (13.6 ppg) missed six of the last seven games of the season but did
return against Alabama State, scoring two points in four minutes.
With a more diverse set of scoring options the Tigers have the advantage in
this contest and should keep on playing into Saturday.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Jackson State 68, Prairie View A&M 60
03/15 11:26:34 ET