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SWAC Tournament Championship preview for Texas Southern vs. Prairie View A&M

Texas Southern and Prairie View face off in the 2021 SWAC Championship game. We break down everything for watching the game, including the start time, TV schedule, odds, picks, and more.

NCAA Basketball: Texas Southern at Auburn John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Update: As of 11:15 a.m., here are the updated bet splits for the SWAC Championship Game:

Texas Southern: +1.5, 14% of action, 27% of bets
Norfolk State: -1.5, 86% of action, 73% of bets

The Texas Southern Tigers and Prairie View A&M Panthers will play for a SWAC Tournament championship when they meet up on Saturday, March 13th. The winner will represent the conference in the NCAA Tournament likely as a No. 16 seed.

Texas Southern earned a thrilling 84-81 victory over the Jackson State Tigers in the semifinals. Michael Weathers hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to send it into OT, and Texas Southern took advantage for the victory. The senior guard finished the game with 30 points.

As for Prairie View A&M, the Panthers got the best of the Grambling State Tigers on Friday night 75-63. Faite Williams had 18 points, while the Panthers held the Tigers to just 18-44 from the field.

Let’s take a look at the action from Bartow Arena in Birmingham, Alabama, and the odds from DraftKings Sportsbook.

Texas Southern vs. Prairie View A&M, 6:00 p.m. ET, ESPNU

Point Spread: Prairie View A&M -1.5
Point Total: 141

The Panthers lead the country in steals percentage (14.0%) and are second in turnover percentage (26.2%). They force teams out of what they want to do, and that’s a tough matchup for a Texas Southern side that needs to go inside to score as they shoot just 27.9% from three-point range.

Prairie View swept the season series, albeit by just six total points across both games, but they’re the favorite here for a reason. The Panthers should make it three in a row and get to Indiana for the NCAA Tournament.

The pick: Prairie View A&M -1.5

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