Mississippi State vs. South Carolina - 3/3/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Mississippi State Bulldogs (19-10) at South Carolina Gamecocks (17-12)
College Basketball: Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 6:30 pm (Colonial Life Arena)
The Line: South Carolina Gamecocks -1 -- Over/Under: 150.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Mississippi State Bulldogs (19-10, 10-6 CONF) and the South Carolina Gamecocks (17-12, 9-7 CONF) will meet on Tuesday, March 3rd for an SEC conference matchup at the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, SC. The game will be played at 6:30 PM eastern time.
Mississippi State is coming off a 67-63 road win over Missouri State in their last game. Mississippi State has now won two straight and four of their last five overall. South Carolina is coming off a 90-86 road loss to Alabama in their last game. South Carolina has lost three of its last four, in which all three losses were by six points or less. South Carolina is currently in the Next Four Out region and Mississippi State is in the First Four Out region according to Joe Lunardi’s Bracketology.
Mississippi State scores 73.6 points per game on 47.1 percent field goal shooting this season. Mississippi State’s leading scorer and rebounder is F Reggie Perry, who scores 17.2 points per game and earns 9.7 rebounds per game. Mississippi State allows 68.4 points per game to the opposition, therefore they have a +5.2 scoring differential so far this season. Mississippi State also earns 37.3 rebounds, 13.4 assists, 5.1 blocks, and 5.6 steals per game as a team.
South Carolina scores 73.0 points per game on 43.9 percent field goal shooting this season. South Carolina’s leading scorer is G A.J. Lawson, who scores 13.7 points per game. The leading rebounder for South Carolina is F Maik Kotsar, who earns 6.5 rebounds per game. South Carolina allows 69.0 points per game to the opposition, thus they have a +4.0 scoring differential so far this season. South Carolina also earns 37.5 rebounds, 14.3 assists, 4.3 blocks, and 7.8 steals per game as a team.
Mississippi State is 16-12-1 against the spread this season and 5-5 against the spread in their last ten games. Mississippi State is also 5-4 against the spread on the road so far this season. South Carolina is 16-13 against the spread this season and 6-4 against the spread in their last ten games. South Carolina is also 7-9 against the spread at home so far this season.
Both teams need this game badly, so there is no wonder why the spread is so small in this one. In a game that should be tight like this, I think the only play can come from the total. I will lean with the under, as both teams are going to give it their all in this game, so it may become gritty and defensive.