Alabama A&M & Jackson State will be battling Tuesday night to begin their SWAC conference play. (The Huntsville Times/Bob Gathany)

Two SWAC competitors are looking to face off in their first conference game of the year, as the Jackson State Tigers square off against the Alabama A&M Bulldogs.

With the lack of defense exhibited by both squads, this matchup could become a shootout, as Alabama A&M averages 62.7 points per game while allowing 77.3 points per game. The JSU Tigers are no better on the defensive end, giving up 72.3 points per contest while scoring 55.3.

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The Bulldogs (2-7) looked impressive in back to back victories over Oakwood and Talladega, but have failed to gain any momentum heading into this SWAC matchup, having lost six consecutive games. Alabama A&M will be led by senior Casey Cantey, who is averaging 14 points a game.

Jackson State (2-10) has seen a season full of promise start as a season to forget. The team’s only wins have come against Concordia and Southern Methodist, with a five game losing streak in the middle of each win.

The Tigers lead the league in three pointer percentage at 35%, and freshman Kelsey Howard of JSU leads the league at 44 percent. This will serve as a major problem to the Bulldogs as a big defensive weakness is defending the three-point line- they’re eighth in the SWAC in that category.

Tipoff starts Tuesday night at 7:30 in Jackson, Mississippi at the Lee E. Williams Athletics & Assembly Center.