Mississippi State vs. South Carolina - 2/19/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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South Carolina Gamecocks (16-9) at Mississippi State Bulldogs (16-9)
College Basketball: Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 9:00 pm (Humphrey Coliseum)
The Line: Mississippi State Bulldogs -5 -- Over/Under: 143 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The South Carolina Gamecocks will travel to Humphrey Coliseum to take on the Mississippi State Bulldogs this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.
The South Carolina Gamecocks won their 3rd straight game and improved to 16-9 (8-4 SEC) on the season after defeating the Tennessee Volunteers this past Saturday. South Carolina trailed by a 58-52 margin with just 3:40 left in regulation, however, was outstanding defensively down the stretch and was able to pick up the victory after a pair of Maik Kotsar FT’s gave the Gamecocks the lead for good with :07 seconds left in regulation. South Carolina shot 40.0% from the field while forcing Tennessee into committing 20 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Gamecocks was Maik Kotsar who had 13 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, and a steal.
On the season, South Carolina is averaging 71.3 ppg on 43.7% shooting from the field. The Gamecocks are averaging 43.7% shooting from the field. Offensively, South Carolina has been led by A.J. Lawson (13.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.1 spg), Jermaine Couisnard (11.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.8 apg), and Maik Kotsar (10.4 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.6 spg, 1.1 bpg).
Defensively, South Carolina is holding their opponents to an average of 66.3 ppg on 38.3% shooting from the field. The Gamecocks have a rebound margin of 2.8 and a turnover margin of 2.2.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs improved to 16-9 (7-5 SEC) on the season after defeating the Arkansas Razorbacks, 78-77, this past Saturday. Mississippi State allowed Arkansas to fight back after trailing by a 17-point margin early in the 2nd half to take a late lead, however, the Bulldogs were able to escape Arkansas with a victory after the Bulldogs Abdul Ado tipped-in the game-winner for Mississippi State with just 0.6 seconds left in regulation. Mississippi State shot 58.8% from the field and 42.9% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Tyson Carter who had 26 points, 2 assists, 1 rebound, and a steal.
On the season, Mississippi State is averaging 73.4 ppg on 46.5% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs are averaging 5.3 three-pointers per game on 33.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Mississippi State has been led by Reggie Perry (17.7 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.0 bpg), Tyson Carter (13.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.2 spg), and Robert Woodard II (11.4 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.2 spg, 1.0 bpg).
Defensively, Mississippi State is holding their opponents to an average of 67.4 ppg on 42.2% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs have a rebound margin of 7.8 and a turnover margin of -2.2.
The Gamecocks are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games, however, are just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games against the Gamecocks. The Bulldogs are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games and 7-7 ATS at home on the season.
The Gamecocks come into this game led by their defense that currently ranks 92nd in scoring defense, 14th in turnover margin, and 56th in turnover margin.
The Bulldogs have been balanced on both ends of the court and currently rank 117th in scoring offense, 43rd in FG%, and 127th in scoring defense.
Mississippi State is the better team in this one and has been solid at home, posting a 11-2 record, however, the Gamecocks have won 6 of their last 7 games including an impressive 16-point victory at Georgia last week. South Carolina has the defense to give the Bulldogs some trouble and although I don’t see the Gamecocks pulling out a victory, I think this is just too many points for Mississippi State to cover. Take South Carolina and the points. Good Luck!