The Alabama State Hornets (4-9, 2-0 SWAC) head to H.O. Clemmons Arena to take on the UAPB Golden Lions (4-10, 1-0 SWAC). The Hornets will attempt to snap an eight-game road losing streak. The game starts at 8:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 12, 2019.
Alabama State Hornets at UAPB Golden Lions Betting Odds
Both teams were triumphant in their last game. The Golden Lions beat the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils 64-52, while the Hornets edged the Jackson State Tigers 59-57.
Alabama State dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a phenomenal free throw rate of 0.538 (above their season average of 0.196) and a turnover percentage of 21.9 (worse than their season average of 19.6). For those same stats, Jackson State recorded marks of 0.220 and 24.7, respectively. The Golden Lions, meanwhile, had an effective field goal percentage of 0.510 (above their season average of 0.453) and had an offensive rebounding percentage of 30.0 (above their season average of 26.9). UAPB’s Martaveous McKnight had a solid performance, recording 25 points, six rebounds and five assists. Jacoby Ross, meanwhile was a key piece for Alabama State with 13 points and six rebounds.
This series was highly competitive last year. Each won one of the two games played against each other last season. The Hornets won the last matchup 65-59. Alabama State had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (50.0 vs. 18.9). UAPB, meanwhile, had a much better turnover percentage (13.9 vs. 21.9). This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams.
It could be a mistake-prone game for the UAPB offense. UAPB ranks 307th in the nation in ball protection (turnover percentage of 21.6 percent), while the disruptive defense of Alabama State forces the 73rd-most turnovers in the country (21.8 percent).
Alabama State vs. UAPB Pick
Prediction: SU Winner – UAPB, O/U – Over
- UAPB ranks 103rd in steals per game (6.4) while Alabama State ranks 154th in steals allowed per game (7.5).
- The Hornets rank 84th in blocks per game (3.5) while the Golden Lions rank 101st in blocks allowed per game (3.6).
- During their last five games, the Hornets have scored an average of 62.8 points per game (2.4 below their season average) and allowed an average of 66.2 points per game (6.0 below their season average).
- The Golden Lions have outscored opponents by an average of 1.0 point in their last five games. For the season, UAPB has lost by an average of 11.8 points.