South Alabama visits Murphy Center on Thursday to take on Middle Tennessee State. Tipoff is at 8 p.m. EST and you can catch it on ESPN3.com. The Jaguars lost to the Blue Raiders 60-56 on Jan. 5 and are 2-7 against them over the last four years.
Middle Tennessee State and South Alabama are neck and neck in the Sun Belt, holding down first and second place, respectively.
In an 88-64 dismantling of Louisiana on Feb. 14, Augustine Rubit put up 34 points and 12 rebounds for the Jaguars. He contributes a team-high 19.6 points per game and 10.7 rebounds per game. For the Blue Raiders, Kerry Hammonds II finished with 10 points and 7 rebounds in the 66-61 win over Arkansas-Little Rock on Feb. 16. He contributes 3.5 rebounds per game in addition to his 6.3 points per game. Middle Tennessee State will hope to exploit their strength in offensive rebounding percentage in this matchup. Their mark of 37.8 percent in this area ranks first in the conference and 29th in the country.
StatSmack! South Alabama is better than Middle Tennessee State
South Alabama has more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Middle Tennessee State (two vs. zero).