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Kentucky vs. Mississippi State - 1/12/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Mississippi State Bulldogs (7-7) at Kentucky Wildcats (12-3)

College Basketball: Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Rupp Arena)

The Line: Kentucky Wildcats -16 -- Over/Under: 146 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Kentucky Wildcats and the Mississippi State Bulldogs face off on Tuesday in Rupp Arena in college basketball action.

The Kentucky Wildcats are 12-3 this season and they have won three of their last four games. Kentucky is averaging 77.6 points per game and they are shooting 47.3 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 66.8 points and their opponents are shooting 40.5 percent. Jamal Murray leads UK averaging 17.3 points per game. Tyler Ulis is averaging 13.7 points and 6.1 assists, Isaiah Briscoe is averaging 10.6 points and 5.5 rebounds, and Alex Poythress is averaging 10.1 points and 7.1 rebounds. Kentucky doesn’t have the team they have had in recent years but they are still very talented.

Kentucky vs. Mississippi State - 1/12/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Mississippi State Bulldogs are 7-7 this season and they have lost their first two games of SEC play. MSU is averaging 76.4 points and they are shooting 46.9 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 72.7 points per game and their opponents are shooting 43.9 percent. Gavin Ware leads the Bulldogs averaging 17.2 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. Malik Newman is averaging 13 points, Craig Sword is averaging 12.4 points, and I.J. Ready is averaging 10.1 points. Mississippi State is 0-3 on the road this season.

Kentucky is 5-1 against the spread against the SEC, 2-5-1 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread, and 2-7 against the spread following a win. Mississippi State 7-2 against the spread in their last nine games, 11-5-1 against the spread following a loss, and 1-4 against the spread in their last five road games against a team with a winning home record. The underdog 8-3-1 against the spread in the last 12 meetings of these two.

On the surface this looks like a lot of points but UK at home should take care of business here.

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Kentucky Wildcats -16.5

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