Alabama State plays Alabama A&M in MLK Day Bridge Builder Classic

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Mobile, Alabama will host the Bridge Builder Classic, which will feature high school and HBCU basketball games.

SWAC rivals Alabama A&M and Alabama State compete in a men’s and women’s doubleheader.

Neither team has the best season as both are in the bottom half of the SWAC standings. The Bulldogs are 6-11 overall and 2-2 in conference play. The Hornets are 4-13 overall and 2-2 in SWAC.

Both teams are currently on the same path as both teams lost back-to-back games to Alcorn State and Jackson State, respectively.

Also, the schools will play every MLK day as part of a 6-year agreement Raise awareness of HBCUs in Alabama and honor King’s legacy.

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Alabama A&M:

Garrett Hicks (14.9 points and 1.5 steals per game); Dailin Smith (10.8 points and 1.4 steals per game); Messiah Thompson (10.6 points and 1.5 steals per game); Olisa Blaise Akonobi (7.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game) and Cameron Tucker (5.3 points and 1.2 steals per game).

State of Alabama:

Isaiah Range (14.2 points and 1.2 steals per game); TJ Madlock (11.6 points, six rebounds and 1.4 steals per game); Alex Anderson (10.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 0.9 steals per game) and Duane Posey (7.1 points and 5.4 rebounds per game).

Rebounds and defense will be key for the Hornets as controlling the boards and getting steals give them more offensive options.

On the women’s side Both Alabama HBCUs are two of the best women’s teams in all of SWAC, with the Bulldogs going 5-9 overall and 3-1 in conference play. The Hornets are 6-9 overall and 3-1 in SWAC, one spot ahead of Alabama A&M.

The Hornets win an exciting 93-91 win over Alcorn State. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs were blown out by Jackson State 63-35.

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Alabama A&M

Toni Grace (10.6 points and 0.8 steals per game); Amani Free (10.1 points, 4.9 rebounds and 0.9 steals per game); and Jayla Cody (5.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, 0.7 steals and 1.6 blocks per game).

State of Alabama

Jayla Crawford (15.7 points and 1.1 steals per game), Ayana Emmanuel (14.9 points and 1.5 steals per game) and Cordasia Harris (10.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 0.7 blocks per game).

What: Bridge builder classic

When: Monday 3:30pm CST

Where from: Mitchell Center, Mobile, Alabama

How to see: Ballin Down South Sports Network