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Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. Kentucky Wildcats Pick, Odds, Prediction 2/8/14

Kentucky Wildcats (17-5) at Mississippi State Bulldogs (13-9)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 1:30 pm (Humphrey Coliseum)

The Line: Mississippi State Bulldogs +13 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN Full Court

The Mississippi State Bulldogs and the Kentucky Wildcats face off on Saturday in Humphrey Coliseum in SEC college basketball.

The Mississippi State Bulldogs have lost their last four games and they have slipped to 3-6 in the SEC. MSU is 11-2 at home and 0-2 against teams ranked in the top 25. Craig Sword is averaging 13.2 points to lead the Bulldogs. Gavin Ware is averaging 10.5 points and 7.9 rebounds, Colin Borchert is averaging 10.2 points, and Roquez Johnson is averaging 9.0 points. Mississippi State is averaging 68.1 pointsand they are shooting 44.8 percent while defensively they are allowing 68.5 points and their opponents are shooting 44.3 percent. Mississippi State has played three of their last four games on the road.

Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. Kentucky Wildcats Pick, Odds, Prediction 2/8/14

Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

The Kentucky Wildcats have won their last two games and they are ranked 18th in the nation. UK is 3-3 away from home and 7-2 in the SEC sitting in second place in the conference standings. Julius Randle leads the Wildcats averaging 16 points and 9.9 rebounds. James Young is averaging 14.7 points, Aaron Harrison is averaging 14.2 points, and Andrew Harrison is averaging 11 points. Kentucky is averaging 80 points and they are shooting 47.6 percent while defensively they are allowing 67 points and their opponents are shooting 39.8 percent. Kentucky is still improving and has as much talent o their roster as anyone.

Mississippi State is 5-0 against the spread in their last five home games, 4-1 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread, and 5-1-1 against the spread following a loss. Kentucky is 4-1 against the spread against the SEC, 4-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 3-12-2 against the spread in their last 17 road games. The underdog is 7-3 against the spread in the last 10 meetings of these two.

This is a big point spread with a road favorite in a conference game but in this spot it is justified and my play here is on Kentucky. 

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Kentucky Wildcats -13

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