Mississippi State at Louisiana Tech - 3/27/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Mississippi State at Louisiana Tech - 3/27/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (23-7) vs Mississippi State Bulldogs (17-14)

Game Info: Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 3:00 pm (Comerica Center)

Betting Odds: Louisiana Tech Bulldogs +2.5 -- Over/Under: 136.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs will be facing off against the Mississippi State Bulldogs in the NIT Semifinals this Saturday. Whoever advances will go on to face the winner of Memphis and Colorado State.

Mississippi State heads into this game having gone 6-4 in their last ten games. Last time out, they took down the Richmond Spiders 68-67 in their second NIT game. A late three by D.J. Stewart sealed the game for the Bulldogs. For the game Mississippi State shot 50% from the field, and outrebounded the Spiders 39-23. However they lost the turnover battle 18-7, which kept Richmond in the game until the end. The Bulldogs are averaging 69 points per game this season, and giving up 66.7 to their opponents. They own a .86 assist-turnover ratio, and assist on 50.3% of their field goals. The Bulldogs are shooting 45.1% from the field, and 33.5% from deep. Iverson Molinar leads the team with 16.8 points per game. D.J. Stewart has averaged 16.2 points, and leads the team with 3.1 assists per game.

Louisiana Tech has now won 8 of their last 10 after knocking off the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers 72-65 in the NIT Quarterfinals. The Bulldogs shot 61.1% from three, while they held the Hilltoppers to 34.8% shooting from the field in the game. Louisiana Tech is averaging 73.4 points per game, while allowing 64.5 to the opposition. They own a .96 assist-turnover ratio, and assist on 48% of their field goals. The Bulldogs have shot 44.6% from the field, and 34.2% from beyond the arc this season. Isaiah Crawford leads the team with 11.8 points per game, while also adding 5.1 rebounds per. Kenneth Lofton Jr. has also been a factor with 11.4 points, and leads the team with 7.3 rebounds per game.

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Mississippi State is 17-14 ATS this season, 6-4 ATS in their last 10, and 7-8 ATS as the favorite. Louisiana Tech is 19-10 ATS this season, 8-2 ATS in their last 10, and 6-3 ATS as the dog.

The battle of the Bulldogs has the makings of a close game, as both teams have played in some tight battles to start the NIT tournament. Both teams like to control the glass, ranking in the top 50 in the nation in rebounding. However, Louisiana Tech has been scoring at a more consistent clip of late. Mississippi State is favored due in large part to coming out of a stacked SEC, but has gone just 8-10 in their conference. Louisiana Tech showed they can score on a good defense in their last game against the Hilltoppers, so they should be able to keep pace with the Bulldogs in this one. Give me Louisiana Tech to cover. 

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