Mississippi State vs. Utah State - 11/22/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Utah State Aggies (3-0) at Mississippi State Bulldogs (2-0)
College Basketball: Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 1:00 pm (Humphrey Coliseum)
The Line: Mississippi State Bulldogs -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: SEC Network+
The Mississippi State Bulldogs and the Utah State Aggies face off on Saturday in college basketball action.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs are off to a 2-0 start to the season despite missing Craig Sword who is out with a back injury. Mississippi State is averaging 77.5 points and they are shooting 53.9 percent from the floor including 33.3 percent from beyond the three-point arc while defensively they are allowing 62 points and their opponents shoot35.7 percent. Roquez Johnson is averaging 18 points and 5.0 rebounds per game to lead MSU. Gavin Ware is averaging 16.5 points and 9.0 rebounds, Fred Thomas is averaging 16 points and 6.0 rebounds, and Trivante Bloodman is averaging 9.0 points and 6.5 assists. Mississippi State is doubling up their opponents in the rebounding department 41-20.5.
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The Utah State Aggies are 3-0 so far this season with two of those three wins coming at home. Utah State is averaging 64 points per game and they are shooting 41.8 percent including 34.6 percent from beyond the three-point arc while defensively they are allowing 56.7 points and their opponents shoot 35.7 percent. David Collette is averaging 16 points to lead USU in scoring. Jalen Moore is averaging 14.3 points and 7.7 rebounds, Darius Perkins is averaging 9.7 points and 4.7 assists, and Chris Smith is averaging 9.0 points and 5.0 rebounds. Utah State has covered the point spread in each of heir games including winning by five points against Illinois State where they were a nine-point underdog.
Mississippi State is 8-3-1 against the spread in their last 12 home games, 1-5-1 against the spread in their last seven non-conference games, and 5-2 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Utah State is 7-1 against the spread in their last eight games, 4-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 18-7-1 against the spread following a win.
Mississippi State is favored by six here but they have not been great against the number while Utah State has been so my play is USU with the points.