Mississippi State Bulldogs (12-1) vs South Carolina Gamecocks (6-7)Date : 01/08/2019
Time : 9:00 pm EST
Location : Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, South Carolina
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Mississippi State Bulldogs vs South Carolina Gamecocks
The 16th ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs will travel to Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, South Carolina, to battle the South Carolina Gamecocks on Tuesday night at 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The Gamecocks have rebounded nicely from a four-game losing skid in which to pick up wins in each of their last two outings, with the last being a victory over the Florida Gators on the road as the Gamecocks were able to rally from a four-point halftime deficit in which to outscore the Gators 39-33 in the second half thanks to 45% shooting from the floor in addition to obtaining 22 points from Hassani Gravett en route to the much-needed victory.
On the other hand, the Mississippi State Bulldogs continue to roll as they won their ninth straight game after picking up a win over the BYU Cougars at home in their last outing has the high-scoring Bulldogs scored 48 points in the first half while following this up with a 53-point effort in the second as they shot 54% from the field while holding the Cougars to a dismal 43% as they have scored 80 or more points in four their last six games, overall.
Mississippi State Bulldogs's Latest Performance :
In their last outing versus the BYU Cougars, Mississippi State possessed 6 double-digit scorers as they were led by Aric Holman with 28 points along with eight rebounds to pace the offensive attack while leading scorer for 2018, Quinndary Weatherspoon, posted 27 points in the contest while pulling down five rebounds as well for a Mississippi State team that shot well over 50% from the floor in the matchup while connecting on 7 of 21 3-point attempts. The Bulldogs also shot 91% from the free throw line while winning the rebounding battle by a 45-39 margin for the game. Interestingly enough, both teams turned the ball over frequently as they each had 19 turnovers each during the contest, yet, due to Mississippi State’s ability to hit critical baskets throughout the contest, they were able to pull out a convincing blowout victory versus the Cougars at home.
Of course, the Bulldogs will certainly like to continue their success in their first ACC game in the season versus a South Carolina team that struggles on the offensive end, yet, possesses one of the more efficient defenses in the nation. It would be also be important to note that Mississippi State is currently allowing opponents to score under 70 points per game on 42% shooting on the year.
South Carolina Gamecocks's Latest Performance :
The Gamecocks have essentially struggled on the offensive end throughout the 2018 season. As a team, they are only shooting 42% from the floor on a nightly basis while putting up a tad over 70 points per game. On the other hand, they have had to rely on a solid, stout defense in which to keep them competitive in contests as the Gamecocks are allowing opponents just 70 points per game on a dismal 40% shooting per game.
This was certainly the case in their last outing versus the Florida Gators as South Carolina allowed the home team to shoot just 37% from the floor on the night as their leading scorer in Noah Locke went 5 – 16 from the floor while leading the team with 17 points in the matchup. On the other hand, Andrew Nembhard along with Keyvaughn Allen, ended with 10 points apiece for the Florida Gators, who were slightly outrebounded in this contest while failing to take advantage of 21 turnovers for the Gamecocks, in the meantime.
On the other hand, the Gamecocks were led by Gravett with 22 points while the only other double-digit scorer was Chris Silva with 18 points along with five rebounds as the Gamecocks, once again, relied on their defense in which to pull out an all important victory. The Gamecocks now find themselves within the fifth-place lot within the SEC Conference and will certainly look to keep their present momentum intact versus a truly dangerous Mississippi State team that will be playing their first ACC contest of the year. Nonetheless, one can certainly expect the Gamecocks to bring their defense early and often for a team that is putting up 80 points per game on 48% shooting.
How Mississippi State Bulldogs & South Carolina Gamecocks Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Mississippi state is 7 – 6 against the spread while the OU is 6 – 7
South Carolina is 3 – 9 against the spread while the OU is 8 – 3
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This will certainly be an interesting matchup amongst these two teams as Mississippi State and South Carolina will be looking to extend their winning ways. Of course, the Gamecocks will also be looking to increase their positioning within the conference with yet another SEC win at home, where they are losers of three of their last five overall, over a Mississippi State team that will play their second true road game in their last 10 outings. Look for both teams to push the pace in this matchup as two above-average defenses will be taking the floor as the action will be back and forth from start to finish.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Mississippi State Bulldogs
My reason for the pick :
I will back the Bulldogs in this matchup as I happen to believe that South Carolina will certainly bring their defense to this contest; However, their offense will be non-existent, once again, as they will find its fair share of issues in locating offensive opportunities versus an aggressive defense for Mississippi State. On the other hand, Mississippi State will begin to pull themselves out of a rut late in the game as South Carolina’s defense will also play solidly throughout. In all, look for the Bulldogs to pull out a hard-fought victory in this matchup as what one will witness will be a bona fide defensive minded matchup throughout.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
Despite the overall offensive prowess for the Mississippi State Bulldogs, expect them to struggle a bit versus an above-average South Carolina defense in this matchup on Tuesday night. Also, one should also expect South Carolina to struggle versus a Mississippi State defense that has been outstanding in its own right in 2018. With that being the case, look for the under to be to be the strong play in this matchup as I do not see this as a high-scoring affair, at all, rather one that will be decided by defensive efficiency along with Mississippi State’s ability to hit critical buckets late in the game in which to seal the win.
Betting trends for Mississippi State Bulldogs:
- The Bulldogs are 3-1 against the spread in last 4 games
- The over is 4-2 against the spread in Bulldogs last 6 games
Betting trends for South Carolina Gamecocks:
- The Gamecocks are 2-5 against the spread in last 7 games
- The over is 3 – 1 in Gamecocks last four games