Mississippi State at Memphis 3/28/21 College Basketball Picks and Predictions
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Memphis Tigers (19-8) vs Mississippi State Bulldogs (18-14)
Game Info: Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 12:00 pm (Comerica Center)
Betting Odds: Memphis Tigers -4 -- Over/Under: 135.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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Mississippi State faces Memphis on Sunday, March 28th at Comerica Center for an NCAA Basketball NIT Championship game.
Mississippi State defeated Louisiana Tech by the final score of 84-62 in the NIT Semifinals on Saturday afternoon. Mississippi State has now had to go through Saint Louis, Richmond, and now LA Tech to reach the championship game in the NIT. In the win over Louisiana Tech, Mississippi State dominated throughout and shot the ball very well from long range. Mississippi State is not an offensive juggernaut by any means, but it did score 84 points against a top defense in LA Tech. Mississippi State's leading scorer this season has been G Iverson Molina, who has scored 16.8 points per game for the Bulldogs. Mississippi State as a team has scored 69.0 points per game and has shot the ball at a 45.3% clip from the field. Mississippi State has also allowed 67.5 points per game to its opponents as well.
Memphis routed Colorado State on Saturday afternoon by the final score of 90-67 to reach the NIT Championship. Memphis may have been only up by 6 at halftime, but that game was all Tigers. Memphis has struggled to score consistently all season, but the Tigers put up 90 points against a tough defense in Colorado State. Memphis has beaten Dayton, Boise State, and now Colorado State to reach the finals. Memphis' leading scorer this season has been G Landers Nolley, who has scored 12.7 points per game for the Tigers. Memphis as a team has scored 71.5 points per game and has shot the ball at a 44.0%T clip from the field. Memphis has also allowed 58.0 points per game to its opponents as well.
Memphis opens as a 4-point favorite and the total is set at 135.5. I like Memphis to win this game and cover, as I trust Memphis' overall defense a lot more than I do Mississippi State's. Memphis was a team that deserved a spot in the NCAA Tournament, and I think Memphis proves a lot of people wrong by cruising in the NIT championship.