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Mississippi Rebels vs. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers - 12/13/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (3-4) at Mississippi Rebels (6-2)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 4:30 pm (Tad Smith Coliseum)

The Line: Mississippi Rebels -8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: SEC Network

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers will travel to the C. M. Tad Smith Coliseum to take on the Ole Miss Rebels this Saturday afternoon.

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers fell below .500 on the season (3-4) after losing to the Murray State Racers 93-81 this past Saturday night. Murray State used an early 19-0 run to take complete control of this game. The Hilltoppers did shoot a solid 52.8% from the field on the game and were led by T.J. Price who had 21 points and 5 rebounds. On the season Western Kentucky have been led by T.J. Price (14.1 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 3.6 apg), Chris Harrison-Docks (11.9 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 2.3 apg), and George Fant (10.6 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 2.0 apg). On the season, the Hilltoppers have really struggled on both ends of the ball. Offensively, the Hilltoppers are averaging 65.7 ppg (ranked 219th) on 42.6% shooting (ranked 215th). Western Kentucky have had difficulty protecting the ball as currently they are averaging 16.7 turnovers per game which ranked 332nd in the country. Defensively, Western Kentucky is allowing 69.3 ppg (ranked 239th) on 43.1% shooting (ranked 209th).

Mississippi Rebels vs. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers - 12/13/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Ole Miss Rebels got upset at home against TCU last week, but rebounded nicely with an impressive 79-73 win at Oregon this past Sunday. Ole Miss scored 47 points in the first half to take a 13 point lead into the break and was able to hang on in the second half to pick up the victory. Leading the way for the Rebels was Stefan Moody who had 22 points and 4 rebounds. The Rebels bench came up big in the game as three members were able to notch double digits in the game. Ole Miss is led by one of the best guards in the SEC in Jarvis Summers who is averaging 12.1 ppg and 3.5 apg. Also contributing for the Rebels have been Stefan Moody (14.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg), Ladarius White (11.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg), and Sebastian Saiz (7.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg). Ole Miss has been averaging 70.3 ppg (ranked 141st) on 41.9% shooting (ranked 238th). Ole Miss is one of the best free-throw shooting teams in the nation as they are currently shooting 77.6% from the line which ranks 4th in the country. Old Miss is currently ranked 44th in the RPI standings and has played the 51st toughest schedule on the season. Defensively, the Rebels are holding their opponents to 62.9 ppg (ranked 121st), however, their defensive FG% is currently just 35.3% which ranked 13th in the country.

The Hilltoppers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. loss, however, just 5-13 ATS in their last 18 non-conference games. The Rebels are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 match-ups against Conference USA opponents, however just 3-9-2 ATS in their last 14 games following a ATS win.

Ole Miss had a real nice victory at Oregon and it was encouraging to see them win a tough game away from home when their best player was having an off night. Ole Miss has had multiple letdowns at home already on the season, however, I just can’t see how the Hilltoppers will be able to keep this one close. I’m going to take Ole Miss to cover the large spread.   

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