NCAA Play-in: Texas Southern Tigers vs. North Carolina Central Eagles

In Dayton on Wednesday – the Tigers of Texas Southern will take on the Eagles of North Carolina Central. These two teams are both 16 seeds in the tournament, and the winner will take on the Xavier Musketeers. The Texas Southern Tigers are 15-19 on the season, and finished 2nd in the regular season within the SWAC.

The North Carolina Central Eagles on the other side are 19-15 on the season. The Eagles are 19-15 on the season, and finished 6th in the MEAC. The Eagles have won five straight games. The Texas Southern Tigers are -5 over  the North Carolina Central Eagles on Wednesday.

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Raasean Davis is the top scorer for the Eagles. The big man is scoring 15 points per game, and making nearly 67% of his shots. The Eagles are scoring 72.8 points per game, and allowing 69.4 points per game. The Eagles are 61st in College Basketball with 38 rebounds per game, and are dishing out 15.7 assists per game, which is 49th in all of College Basketball.

The Eagles started the season 0-3 with losses to UIC, Evansville and Tennessee-Martin. They have also played non conference games against Marshall and Illinois. The Eagles are playing in the NCAA Tournament for the third time in school history. They are seeking their first ever tournament win.

Tigers Looking to Keep Cinderella Shoes

The Texas Southern Tigers are looking to keep their Cinderella dancing shoes on. The Tigers dropped their first 13 games of the season, including games to Gonzaga, Washington State, Ohio State, Syracuse, Kansas and Clemson. The Tigers in conference play finished with 12 wins in 18 games.

Texas Southern scored nearly 78 points per game during the regular season. The defense ended as one of the worst in the nation, but much of that was out of conference play. The Tigers allowed 79.7 points per game. The top scorer for the Texas Southern Tigers this season has been Deomontrae Jefferson with 23.4 points per game, and dished out 4.5 assists per game.

Tigers Down Eagles

The Texas Southern Tigers are battle tested. They played that brutal non conference schedule to get through the conference tournament. That’s what happens, and now they are ready to beat the Eagles in this game. The first round game will likely be a different story as they take on Chris Mack and the Xavier Musketeers. The Eagles are the favorites in this game, but the Tigers are going to win the game. The final bet for the Play-In Game on Wednesday is the Texas Southern Tigers -5 over the North Carolina Central Eagles.

  • Bet the Texas Southern Tigers -5
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