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Prairie View (11-22) vs. Texas Southern (18-14)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Saturday, March 15, 4:30 p.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Toyota Center (18,043) -- Houston, Texas. Television: ESPN 2. Home Record: Prairie View 5-6, Texas Southern 9-2. Away Record: Prairie View 2-16, Texas Southern 7-12. Neutral Record: Prairie View 4-0, Texas Southern 2-0. Conference Record: Prairie View 6-12, Texas Southern 12-6. Series Record: Texas Southern leads, 56-19.

GAME NOTES: The battle for the Southwestern Athletic Conference's title and automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament comes down to just two teams, as the eighth-seeded Prairie View Panthers take on the second-seeded Texas Southern Tigers on Saturday.

The winner gets a berth into the national tournament, and will be closely watching Sunday's Selection Show for seeding and first-round placement.

Prairie View's Cinderella story continues in the SWAC Tournament. The Panthers had lost seven games in a row entering the tournament, but have won all three postseason matches so far, including Friday's 55-49 victory over Alabama A&M in the semifinal round.

Texas Southern defeated Grambling State in the quarterfinal round to advance through, and took down third-seeded Alabama State, 73-61, Friday in semifinal- round action. The Tigers have won eight consecutive games entering the title game.

Texas Southern has a comfortable lead in the all-time series against Prairie View, 56-19. However it was the Panthers who won the most recent matchup between the two sides back on Feb. 8, 85-77. The Bulldogs narrowly defeated Prairie View earlier in the season, 87-83, in a triple-overtime contest.

Friday's semifinal game against Alabama A&M was more of a defensive struggle than it was an offensive struggle than a defensive battle. Prairie View shot just 38.2 percent from the floor in the first half, but still took a 33-22 lead over the Bulldogs at the intermission. Alabama A&M shaved off five points from the Panthers' first-half advantage, but it still fell too short to advance. Tre Hagood tallied 13 points to lead Prairie View in the win, while Montrael Scott and Demondre Chapman each chipped in 10 points. Entering Friday's semifinal bout, Scott led the team in scoring with a 15 ppg mark, followed by John Brisco's 12.6 ppg average and Chapman's 11.7 ppg total. Hagood surpassed his modest 6.3 ppg average with his 13 points Friday. Chapman, who averaged 5.5 rpg before Friday's showdown, pulled down eight boards against Alabama A&M.

Texas Southern took a commanding lead over Alabama State at the end of the first half on Friday, 30-19, and the Tigers set their game on cruise control for the second half en route to the double-digit victory. Aaric Murray netted 16 points in the contest to pace Texas Southern, adding five rebounds to his stat line. Murray came into Friday's contest averaging 21.1 ppg for the Tigers, adding a team-best 7.7 rpg mark. D'Aris Scarver contributed 14 points and eight rebounds in the win, and Madarious Gibbs chipped in 12 points with seven assists, but also a team-worst nine turnovers. Scarver entered Friday's contest scoring 13.9 ppg, while Jose Rodriguez, who scored just five points Friday, was averaging 11.4 ppg. Prior to Friday's win over Alabama State, in which the third-seeded Hornets scored just 61 points, the Tigers were allowing 74.1 ppg to opponents.

It's been a surprising run for the Panthers, who took down the conference's top seed in Southern in the quarterfinal round by allowing the team just 46 points. But Texas Southern has been an offensive force this postseason, with back-to-back games of 73-plus points in two rounds. The Panthers won't be able to keep up with that, even considering what is at stake.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Texas Southern 72, Prairie View 63

03/15 10:30:53 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
ROC 8
DUR 2
 
2:30pm Friday
STONYBROOK
NCSTATE
 
7:05pm Friday
SYR
DUR
 
6:35pm Saturday
SYR
DUR
 
5:05pm Sunday
SYR
DUR
 
Final
TEX 3
CLE 12
Final
COL 6
CIN 4
Final
MIA 2
PIT 5
Final
CWS 5
TOR 3
Final
KAN 2
NYY 4
Final
BOS 4
MIN 6
Final
PHI 0
NYM 7
Final
SEA 3
TAM 0
Final
SFG 3
MIL 1
Final
DET 3
OAK 2
Final
HOU 4
BAL 5
Final
WAS 3
CHC 0
Final
ARI 3
STL 4
Final
SDP 5
ANA 4
Final
ATL 3
LOS 2
1:05pm Today
CWS
BAL
 
4:35pm Today
CWS
BAL
 
8:05pm Tonight
BOS
TEX
 
10:05pm Tonight
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Tonight
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Tonight
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Tonight
PIT
SDP
 
10:15pm Tonight
ATL
SFG
 
4:05pm Friday
KAN
CHC
 
7:05pm Friday
COL
PHI
 
7:05pm Friday
TAM
BAL
 
7:10pm Friday
MIA
NYM
 
7:10pm Friday
WAS
CIN
 
8:05pm Friday
BOS
TEX
 
8:10pm Friday
ARI
MIL
 
8:10pm Friday
CWS
HOU
 
8:10pm Friday
TOR
MIN
 
8:15pm Friday
LOS
STL
 
10:05pm Friday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Friday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Friday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Friday
PIT
SDP
 
10:15pm Friday
ATL
SFG
 
2:10pm Saturday
TOR
MIN
 
3:05pm Saturday
COL
PHI
 
4:05pm Saturday
TAM
BAL
 
4:10pm Saturday
ARI
MIL
 
4:10pm Saturday
CWS
HOU
 
4:10pm Saturday
MIA
NYM
 
4:10pm Saturday
WAS
CIN
 
7:15pm Saturday
BOS
TEX
 
7:15pm Saturday
KAN
CHC
 
7:15pm Saturday
LOS
STL
 
10:05pm Saturday
ATL
SFG
 
10:05pm Saturday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Saturday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Saturday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Saturday
PIT
SDP
 
1:10pm Sunday
MIA
NYM
 
1:10pm Sunday
WAS
CIN
 
1:35pm Sunday
COL
PHI
 
1:35pm Sunday
TAM
BAL
 
2:10pm Sunday
ARI
MIL
 
2:10pm Sunday
CWS
HOU
 
2:10pm Sunday
TOR
MIN
 
2:15pm Sunday
LOS
STL
 
2:20pm Sunday
KAN
CHC
 
3:05pm Sunday
BOS
TEX
 
4:05pm Sunday
ATL
SFG
 
4:05pm Sunday
NYY
OAK
 
4:10pm Sunday
CLE
SEA
 
8:05pm Sunday
DET
ANA
 
9:10pm Sunday
PIT
SDP
 
7:05pm Monday
TOR
WAS
 
7:10pm Monday
CHC
MIA
 
7:10pm Monday
MIN
BOS
 
8:10pm Monday
BAL
HOU
 
8:10pm Monday
MIL
STL
 
8:40pm Monday
LOS
COL
 
9:40pm Monday
ATL
ARI
 
10:05pm Monday
TAM
ANA
 
10:10pm Monday
NYM
SDP
 
10:10pm Monday
NYY
SEA
 
10:15pm Monday
PIT
SFG
 
Final
HOU 90
GSW 104
Final
ANA 2
CHI 5
8:00pm Friday
TAM
NYR
 
8:00pm Saturday
CHI
ANA
 
12:00pm Friday
AUBURN
CHARLESTON
 
1:00pm Friday
CALIFORNIA
CCAROLINA
 
1:00pm Friday
COLUMBIA
ECAROLINA
 
1:00pm Friday
ORALROBRTS
ARKANSAS
 
1:00pm Friday
OREGON
IOWA
 
1:00pm Friday
SFLORIDA
FAU
 
1:00pm Friday
WRIGHTST
NOTREDAME
 
2:00pm Friday
MICHIGAN
BRADLEY
 
2:30pm Friday
STONYBROOK
NCSTATE
 
2:30pm Friday
TEXAS
OREGONST
 
3:00pm Friday
INDIANA
RADFORD
 
3:30pm Friday
ULLAFAYETE
RICE
 
4:00pm Friday
LEHIGH
LSU
 
6:00pm Friday
CANISIUS
SWMISSOURI
 
6:00pm Friday
CLEMSON
ARIZONAST
 
6:00pm Friday
MERCER
FLORIDAST
 
6:00pm Friday
MOREHEADST
LOUISVILLE
 
6:00pm Friday
VIRGINIA
USC
 
7:00pm Friday
FIU
MIAFLA
 
7:00pm Friday
FLAAM
FLORIDA
 
7:00pm Friday
MARYLAND
MISS
 
7:00pm Friday
SACREDHART
TCU
 
7:00pm Friday
STJOHNS
OKLAHOMAST
 
7:00pm Friday
TSOUTHERN
TEXASAM
 
7:00pm Friday
VCU
DALLASBAPT
 
8:00pm Friday
HSTNBAPT
HOUSTON
 
8:00pm Friday
LIPSCOMB
VANDERBILT
 
8:00pm Friday
OHIO
ILLINOIS
 
8:00pm Friday
TULANE
NWILMINGTN
 
10:00pm Friday
PEPPERDINE
FULLERTON
 
10:00pm Friday
SANDIEGOST
CSANTABAR
 
11:00pm Friday
CSBAKER
UCLA
 
Final
ROC 8
DUR 2
 
7:05pm Friday
SYR
DUR
 
6:35pm Saturday
SYR
DUR
 
5:05pm Sunday
SYR
DUR