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SWAC Tournament Championship game: Preview, odds, how to watch, more

The SWAC will give their automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament to the winner on Saturday.

Texas Southern Tigers forward John Walker III and Texas Southern Tigers forward Joirdon Karl Nicholas celebrate after the game against the Florida Gators at Billy Donovan Court at Exactech Arena. Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports

The Southwest Athletic Conference will send their representative to the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, as the Texas Southern Tigers take on the Alcorn State Braves.

Texas Southern: 17-12 (13-5 SWAC), 211 NET, 195 KenPom

The Tigers have won 12 of their last 14, including a 73-54 win over Grambling to reach the final. No player for TSU averages even 10 points a game, and their anemic offense ranks just 279th in America. But they defend at a high level, finishing 112th defensively to lead the conference.

Alcorn State: 17-15 (14-4 SWAC), 259 NET, 257 KenPom

The Braves are the No. 1 seed in this tournament, but won’t be the favorite to win. The winners of eight straight, their late season push has come as quite a surprise to those watching the league. If they’re unable to win here, they will be eligible for the NIT as the regular season SWAC champion.

How to watch the SWAC Tournament Championship Game

When: Saturday, March 12
Where: Bartow Arena, Birmingham, AL
TV: 6:00 p.m. ET, ESPNU
Livestream: WatchESPN, ESPN App

Odds for SWAC Tournament Championship Game from DraftKings Sportsbook:

Spread: Texas Southern -3
Total: 129

Odds for both teams at DraftKings Sportsbook before tournament

Texas Southern +190
Alcorn State +450

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