Mississippi State at Richmond: 3/25/21 NIT College Basketball Picks and Predictions
Photo by Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Richmond Spiders (14-8) vs Mississippi State Bulldogs (16-14)
Game Info: Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 6:00 pm (The Super Pit)
Betting Odds: Richmond Spiders -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
Where to Watch: ESPN2 Stream College Basketball all season on ESPN+. Sign up now!
The Mississippi State Bulldogs and Richmond Spiders face off on Thursday in an NIT college basketball showdown at UNT Coliseum.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs come into this game with a 16-14 record overall and they did have a pretty strong finish to the season. In the first game of the NIT against St Louis the offense was strong putting up 74 points and that led to a six point victory. Mississippi State on the season is averaging 69 points per game while their defense is giving up 66.7 points per game. Mississippi State is shooting 45.2 percent from the field and 33.8 percent from behind the three point line. Iverson Molinar has been the best player for the Bulldogs averaging 16.7 points while shooting 47.3 percent from the field and 41.9 percent from behind the three point line.
On the other side of this matchup is the Richmond Spiders who sit with a 14-8 record overall but coming into this game they have lost three of their last four games. The end of the regular season was disappointing but they looked good in the first game against Toledo, the defense was strong giving up 66 points and that led to a ten point victory. Richmond on the season is averaging 74.3 points per game while their defense is giving up 70 points per game. Richmond is shooting 47.1 percent from the field and 34.6 percent from behind the three point line. Guard Blake Francis has been the best player for Richmond averaging 16.1 points while shooting 42.4 percent from the field amd 36 percent from behind the three point line.
The over is 12-2 in Mississippi State’s last 14 games played on Thursday. Mississippi State is 6-2 against the spread in their last eight games overall. The under is 9-2-1 in Richmond’s last 12 games against the SEC.
The Bulldogs will focus on their defense in this game and I think that will be the difference as they keep this game low scoring. Back the under to cash. In terms of the side it's a lean to Mississippi State to cover the spread.