MVSU looks to end streak vs Grambling St.
Mississippi Valley State (3-26, 2-14) vs. Grambling State (15-13, 9-6)
Assembly Center, Grambling, Louisiana; Monday, 8:30 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Grambling State looks to extend Mississippi Valley State’s conference losing streak to six games. Mississippi Valley State’s last SWAC win came against the Alabama A&M Bulldogs 67-61 on Feb. 10. Grambling State is coming off a 60-46 win at home against Arkansas-Pine Bluff in its most recent game.
TALE OF TWO ROSTERS: Grambling State has been fueled by senior leadership while Mississippi Valley State has leaned on freshmen this year. Seniors Ivy Smith Jr., DeVante Jackson, Cameron Christon, Travon Bunch and Prince Moss have combined to account for 64 percent of Grambling State’s scoring this season and 77 percent of the team’s points over its last five games. On the other side, freshmen Michael Green, Caleb Hunter, Torico Simmons and Quinton Alston have combined to account for 70 percent of all Mississippi Valley State scoring.
SPARKING THE OFFENSE: Smith has either made or assisted on 48 percent of all Grambling State field goals over the last three games. The senior guard has accounted for 10 field goals and 23 assists in those games.
WINLESS WHEN: The Tigers are 0-9 when they allow at least 75 points and 15-4 when they hold opponents to anything below 75. The Delta Devils are 0-26 when allowing 73 or more points and 3-0 on the season, otherwise.
STREAK STATS: Mississippi Valley State has scored 74 points per game and allowed 91.2 over its five-game road losing streak. Grambling State has won its last four home games, scoring an average of 67.3 points while giving up 60.
DID YOU KNOW: Mississippi Valley State is ranked first in Division I with an average of 78.9 possessions per game. The uptempo Delta Devils have pushed that total to 81.4 possessions per game over their last five games.