Mississippi State vs. Arkansas State - 12/17/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Arkansas State Red Wolves (2-4) at Mississippi State Bulldogs (5-3)
College Basketball: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Humphrey Coliseum)
The Line: Mississippi State Bulldogs -10 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: SEC Network
The Arkansas State Red Wolves and Mississippi State Bulldogs meet Wednesday night at the Humphrey Coliseum.
The Arkansas State Red Wolves are off to a tough 2-4 start and play their fourth true road game. On the season, Arkansas State is averaging 61.8 points on 42.6 percent shooting and is allowing 69.4 points on 44 percent shooting. Anthony Livingston leads ASU with 17.3 points and 6.5 rebounds while Cameron Golden is averaging 14.8 points and four assists. Sean Gardner is the third player averaging double-digit points and Nouhoum Bocoum is grabbing 6.2 rebounds. The Arkansas State Red Wolves are a decent offensive team that’s shooting 70.4 percent from the free throw line and 36.9 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Arkansas State is forcing 12 turnovers per game and allowing teams to shoot 35.6 percent from deep.
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The Mississippi State Bulldogs have lost three straight and play their first home game in more than three weeks. On the season, Mississippi State is averaging 65.1 points on 45.3 percent shooting and is allowing 59.4 points on 39.4 percent shooting. Fred Thomas leads MSU with 13 points and 4.8 rebounds while Gavin Ware is averaging 12.5 points and 6.5 rebounds. Roquez Johnson is the third player averaging double-digit points and Trivante Bloodman is dishing out 3.9 assists. The Mississippi State Bulldogs rely on a defense that’s forcing 12 turnovers, grabbing 38.1 rebounds and is holding teams to 30.9 percent shooting from deep. Offensively, Mississippi State is shooting 71.5 percent from the line and 28.4 percent from beyond the arc.
The Red Wolves are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 1-9 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Bulldogs are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 games overall.
Neither team is great against the number and hasn't been consistent at all on the season overall. The Red Wolves can put the ball in the hoop slightly better than the Bulldogs, which is why I'm taking the points here. It's hard to get a pulse on either of these teams this early.