Mississippi State at Auburn - 2/16/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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Auburn Tigers (11-11) vs Mississippi State Bulldogs (11-11)
Game Info: Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 9:00 pm (Auburn Arena)
Betting Odds: Auburn Tigers -4.5 -- Over/Under: 145 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Mississippi State Bulldogs will travel to Auburn Arena to take on the Auburn Tigers this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 11-11 on the season after being defeated by the Vanderbilt Commodores, 72-51, this past Saturday. In arguably their worst performance of the season, Mississippi State could not fight back into this game after going into halftime trailing by a 45-30 margin. Mississippi State shot just 42.3% from the field and 26.3% from beyond the arc while Vanderbilt shot 45.5% from the field and 43.3% rom beyond the arc. Mississippi State was outrebounded by Vanderbilt by a 36-27 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 17-13 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the for Bulldogs was Iverson Molinar who had 19 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, & 2 steals.
On the season, Mississippi State is averaging 70.3 ppg on 45.2% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs are averaging 5.8 three-pointers per game on 36.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Mississippi State has been led by Iverson Molinar (16.9 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.1 spg), D.J. Stewart Jr. (16.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.5 spg), Tolu Smith (12.8 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 1.0 apg), Deivon Smith (5.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.0 apg).
Defensively, Mississippi State is holding their opponents to average 66.9 ppg on 41.2% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs have a rebound margin of 6.9 and a turnover margin of -2.0.
The Auburn Tigers dropped to 11-11 on the season after being defeated by the Kentucky Wildcats, 82-80, this past Saturday. Auburn led by a 36-30 margin at halftime, however, the Tigers defense had no answers for the Wildcats in the 2nd half and could not fight all the way back after Kentucky took a 63-49 lead with 10:36 left in regulation. Auburn shot 41.1% from the field and 36.7% from beyond the arc while Kentucky shot 42.9% from the field and 45.8% from beyond the arc. Auburn outrebounded Kentucky by a 44-36 margin, however, lost the turnover battle by a 17-13 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Tigers was JT Thor who had 24 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 blocks, & 1 steal.
On the season, Auburn is averaging 78.8 ppg on 44.7% shooting from the field. The Tigers are averaging 9.3 three-pointers per game on 33.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Auburn has been led by Sharife Cooper (19.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 8.6 apg, 1.0 spg), Allen Flanigan (14.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.9 apg), Jaylin Williams (10.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.3 apg), & JT Thor (9.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.2 bpg).
Defensively, Auburn is allowing their opponents to average 76.0 ppg on 43.5% shooting from the field. The Tigers have a rebound margin of 3.6 and a turnover margin of -2.1.
The Bulldogs are 9-1-1 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight up loss of more than 20 points, however, are just 7-15-1 ATS in their last 23 games following a double-digit loss at home. The Tigers are 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS win and 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
Both teams enter with identical records, however, I have been far more impressed with what I have seen from Auburn comparted to Mississippi State as of late. Mississippi State has really struggled at times on the offensive end in this season and as I just do not see the Bulldogs keeping up with an Auburn offense that ranks 41st in scoring offense & 30th in three-pointers made per game, I am taking the Tigers to cover this mid-range home spread. Good Luck!