Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. South Carolina Gamecocks - 2/27/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
South Carolina Gamecocks (23-5) at Mississippi State Bulldogs (12-15)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 2:30 pm (Humphrey Coliseum)
The Line: Mississippi State Bulldogs -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: SEC Network
The South Carolina Gamecocks will travel to play the Mississippi State Bulldogs in a SEC game on Saturday.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs are 12-15 (5-10) and are coming off of a loss to Texas A&M by a score of 68-66. Mississippi State has won 2 of their last 3 games and is currently tied for 12th in the SEC standings. Mississippi State is averaging 75.1 points per game while giving up 72.9 points per game. Mississippi State is also averaging 35 rebounds per game and 13.5 assists per game. Gavin Ware is averaging 15.6 points per game and 7.3 rebounds per game for Mississippi State. Craig Sword is averaging 12.9 points per game and 4 rebounds per game for the Bulldogs. Mississippi State is shooting 72.7% on free throws, 32.9% on three-pointers, and 46.1% on all field goal attempts.
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The South Carolina Gamecocks are 23-5 (10-5) and are coming off of a win against Tennessee by a score of 84-58. South Carolina has won 2 games in a row and is currently tied for 2nd in the SEC standings. South Carolina defeated Mississippi State by a score of 84-74 in these two teams first meeting of the season. South Carolina is averaging 77.1 points per game while giving up 69.3 points per game. South Carolina is also averaging 41.4 rebounds per game and 13.7 assists per game. Michael Carrera is averaging 14.8 points per game and 7.8 rebounds per game for South Carolina. Sindarius Thornwell is averaging 12.7 points per game and 3.7 assists per game for the Gamecocks. South Carolina is shooting 67.8% on free throws, 35.2% on three-pointers, and 43.1% on all field goal attempts.
South Carolina is 21-8 ATS in their last 29 games. South Carolina is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a win of more than 20 points. The over is 4-1 in South Carolina’s last 5 games against a team with a losing record. Mississippi State is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games. Mississippi State is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games. The under is 4-1 in Mississippi State’s last 5 games. The over is 4-1 in these two teams last 5 meetings.
South Carolina is having a very good season, but is on the road for this game. South Carolina has the rebounding advantage in this matchup, while Mississippi State is the better shooting team. Mississippi State has played their opponents tough this season and has a lot of close losses. I like South Carolina on the road in this game and I think the rebounding advantage will be the difference.