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Mississippi vs. Louisiana Tech - 12/15/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (7-1) at Mississippi Rebels (7-2)

College Basketball: Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Tad Smith Coliseum)

The Line: Mississippi Rebels -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: SEC Network

The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs will travel to C. M. Tad Smith Coliseum to take on the Ole Miss Rebels this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.

He Louisiana Tech Bulldogs won their 3rd straight game and improved to 8-1 (0-0 C-USA) on the season after defeating the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns this past Saturday. Louisiana Tech used a big second half in which they outscored Louisiana-Lafayette by a 58-42 margin to overcome a 4-point halftime deficit in the victory. Louisiana Tech shot 50.8% from the field and 40.0% (8-20) from beyond the arc in the win. The Bulldogs held the Ragin’ Cajuns to 40.6% shooting from the field and forced Louisiana-Lafayette to commit 14 turnovers. Leading the way for Louisiana Tech was Alex Hamilton who had a double-double with 30 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists, and 3 steals. On the season, the Bulldogs have been led by Alex Hamilton (17.3 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 5.6 apg, 2.3 spg), Erik McCree (16.8 ppg, 7.0 rpg), and Qiydar Davis (10.6 ppg, 6.7 rpg). Offensively, Louisiana Tech is averaging 83.3 ppg on 45.3% shooting from the field and 30.0% shooting from beyond the arc. The Bulldogs average 7.1 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.30. Defensively, Louisiana Tech is holding their opponents to an average of 66.9 ppg on 37.2% shooting. The Bulldogs have a rebound margin of -1.6 and a turnover margin of 5.6.

Mississippi vs. Louisiana Tech  - 12/15/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Ole Miss Rebels won their 4th straight game and improved to 7-2 (0-0 SEC) on the season after defeating the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks, 75-64, this past Saturday. Ole Miss was able to jump out to a 45-35 halftime lead in this one and never let the Redhawks get within six points of the lead in the 2nd half. Ole Miss struggled offensively shooting just 34.7% from the field and 24.1% (7-29) from beyond the arc. The Rebels allowed the Redhawks to shoot 41.2% from the field and forced Southeast Missouri State to commit 16 turnovers. Leading the way for Ole Miss was Stefan Moody who had 28 points and 2 rebounds. On the season, the Rebels have been led by Stefan Moody (23.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 4.2 apg), Sebastian Saiz (12.4 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 1.3 bpg), and Martavious Newby (5.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.0 apg). Offensively, Ole Miss is averaging 73.0 ppg on 41.8% shooting from the field and 28.1% shooting from three-point range. The Rebels average 5.8 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.01. Defensively, Ole Miss is allowing their opponents to average 65.8 ppg on 40.3% shooting. The Rebels have a rebound margin of 7.1 and a turnover margin of 1.7.

The Bulldogs are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games and 11-3 ATS in their last 14 Tuesday games. The Rebels are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Tuesday games and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 vs. C-USA opponents.

Louisiana Tech has been a successful program over the past few years and although they do have a new head coach this season, the Bulldogs have had a great start to their season behind the play of their star, Alex Hamilton. Ole Miss has also had a nice start to their season and has a great guard in Stefan Moody, however, will continue to need to find Moody some support if they want to continue their winning ways come conference play. This should be a pretty good game but as Stefan Moody can be prone to turnovers (7 TO’s last game), I think the Bulldogs should be able to win the turnover battle in this one and get enough offensive out of Hamilton and McCree to cover with the points. Take Louisiana Tech and the points. 

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