Tennessee vs. Mississippi State - 2/3/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Mississippi State Bulldogs (10-11) at Tennessee Volunteers (13-7)
College Basketball: Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Thompson-Boling Arena)
The Line: Tennessee Volunteers -9.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: SEC TV
The Tennessee Volunteers and the Mississippi State Bulldogs face off on Tuesday in Knoxville at Thompson-Boling Arena in SEC college basketball action.
The Tennessee Volunteers are 13-7 this season and they are coming off of a win over Auburn that ended a two game losing skid. Tennessee is averaging 64.5 points and they are shooting 43.8 percent while defensively they are allowing 62.7 points and their opponents are shooting 41.5 percent. Josh Richardson leads the Volunteers averaging 15.6 points per game. Kevin Punter is averaging 11 points, Armani Moore is averaging 10.2 points and 7.0 rebounds, and Robert Hubbs II is averaging 6.5 points. Tennessee is 9-2 at home and 5-3 in the SEC.
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The Mississippi State Bulldogs are 10-11 this season and they are coming off of a win over LSU that ended a two game losing stretch. Mississippi State is averaging 62.4 points and they are shooting 42.7 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 62 points and their opponents are shooting 41.9 percent. Roquez Johnson leads the Bulldogs averaging 10.3 points and 5.8 rebounds. Fred Thomas is averaging 10.4 points, Gavin Ware is averaging 9.7 points and 7.3 rebounds, and I.J. Ready is averaging 9.1 points. Mississippi State is 1-5 on the road and 3-5 in SEC play.
Tennessee is 9-4 against the spread against the SEC, 1-6-1 against the spread in their last eight home games, and 19-7-1 against the spread against a team with a losing record. Mississippi State is 5-1 against the spread in their last six games, 5-12-1 against the spread following a win, and 5-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record. The underdog has covered the point spread in seven of the last 10 meetings of these two.
Tennessee wins this game but covering big numbers at home isn’t the Vols specialty so I am going with MSU with the points.