Mississippi State vs. FIU - 11/5/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Mississippi State vs. FIU - 11/5/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

Florida International Golden Panthers (0-0) at Mississippi State Bulldogs (0-0)

College Basketball: Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 8:00 pm (Humphrey Coliseum)

The Line: Mississippi State Bulldogs -19 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Florida International Panthers and Mississippi State Bulldogs meet Tuesday in college basketball action at the Humphrey Coliseum.

The Florida International Panthers won 20 games last year and had their season end in the second round of the CIT. Devon Andrews returns after averaging 15.3 points and 5.1 rebounds while Trejon Jacob averaged 10.5 points and 3.5 rebounds. Antonio Daye Jr. dished 2.6 assists per game and Osasumwen Osaghae played in 22.5 minutes per game. FIU will miss its top player in Brian Beard Jr., but the Panthers return the bulk of their team outside of him, which should lead to another productive season. FIU will be in the thick of things all season in terms of a C-USA title. The Florida International Panthers have lost four of their last six road games.

The Mississippi State Bulldogs won 23 games last season and were upset by Liberty in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Tyson Carter returns after averaging 10.4 points and two rebounds while Reggie Perry averaged 9.7 points and 7.2 rebounds. Nick Weatherspoon dished 2.3 assists per game and Robert Woodard II played in 17.4 minutes per game. The Mississippi State Bulldogs will miss their top-two scorers from last season and that alone leads many to believe this season they’ll take a step back. However, the addition of 4-star recruit Elias King does give Miss State some hope to remain competitive in what’s a much deeper SEC than previous years. The Mississippi State Bulldogs have won their last four home games.

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The Golden Panthers are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Southeastern. The Bulldogs are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. Conference USA, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 Tuesday games. The under is 5-2 in Bulldogs last 7 home games. The under is 4-1 in Golden Panthers last 5 overall.

The Florida International Panthers are not pushovers, and they return the bulk of a roster that made the second round of the CIT and averaged over 80 points per game. The Mississippi State Bulldogs will have to find new leaders with their top-two scorers no longer around and it could take time to replace such production, even with capable players such as Carter and Perry still in the mix. Either way, FIU is too good of a team to just be throwing these numbers out there. Give me the Florida International Panthers and the free buckets.

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Randy’s Pick Florida International Panthers +19

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