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Southern, Texas Southern meet in SWAC quarters

March 11, 2019

No. 7 seed Southern (7-24, 6-12) vs. No. 2 seed Texas Southern (19-12, 14-4)

Southwestern Athletic Conference Tourney Quarterfinals, Health & PE Center, Houston; Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. EDT

BOTTOM LINE: Southern is set to square off against Texas Southern in the quarterfinals of the SWAC tourney. The teams split the regular season series at one win apiece. The teams last met on March 9, when the Jaguars outshot Texas Southern from the field 51.7 percent to 43.9 percent and hit seven more 3-pointers on their way to an 87-77 victory.

TEAM LEADERS: Texas Southern’s Jeremy Combs has averaged 16.9 points and nine rebounds while Trayvon Reed has put up 13.1 points and eight rebounds. For the Jaguars, Sidney Umude has averaged 12.6 points and five rebounds while Jayden Saddler has put up 8.7 points.

JUMPING FOR JEREMY: Across 31 games this season, Texas Southern’s Combs has shot 60.1 percent.

PERFECT WHEN: Texas Southern is a perfect 15-0 when it holds an opponent to 76 points or fewer. The Tigers are 4-12 when opponents score more than 76 points.

THREAT FROM DEEP: Southern’s Richard Lee has attempted 181 3-pointers and connected on 39.8 percent of them, and is 20 for 43 over his last five games.

DID YOU KNOW: The Southern defense has forced opponents into turnovers on an impressive 22.8 percent of all possessions, which ranks the Jaguars 22nd among Division I teams. Texas Southern has turned the ball over on 19.9 percent of its possessions (ranking the Tigers 263rd, nationally).

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