Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/15/14
Mississippi State Bulldogs (11-4) at Alabama Crimson Tide (7-8)
College Basketball: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Coleman Coliseum)
The Line: Alabama Crimson Tide -12 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN Full Court
The Alabama Crimson Tide and the Mississippi State Bulldogs face off on Wednesday in Tuscaloosa in SEC college basketball action.
The Alabama Crimson Tide are a game under .500 and 1-1 in SEC play but they might be the best college basketball team in the nation with a losing record. Bama is 7-2 at home and five of their losses have come to teams with a RPI better than 50. Trevor Releford leads the Tide averaging 18.2 points. Retin Obashon is averaging 12.4 points, Levi Randolph is averaging 9.5 points, and Nick Jacobs is averaging 9.1 points. Alabama is averaging 71.3 points and they are shooting 45.8 percent while defensively they are allowing 66.4 points and their opponents are shooting 41.3 percent. Alabama looks like they still might make some noise before it is all over this season.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs are 1-1 in SEC play this season and are coming off of a win against rival Ole Miss. MSU is 2-3 away from home and they have played the 291st ranked schedule. Craig Sword is averaging 14.7 points to led the Bulldogs. Gavin Ware is averaging 10.4 points and 9.0 rebounds, Colin Bochert is averaging 10.2 points, and Roquez Johnson is averaging 9.9 points. Mississippi State is averaging 70.7 points and they are shooting 45.1 percent while defensively they are allowing 67.3 percent and their opponents are shooting 42.7 percent. Mississippi State has been alternating wins and losses of late.
Alabama is 1-7 against the spread in their last eight games, 5-12 against the spread in their last 17 home games against a team with a losing road record, 1-7 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Mississippi State is 5-2 against the spread against the SEC, 7-19 against the spread in their last 26 road games, and 2-6 against the spread in their last eight games. The home team is 7-3 against the spread in the last 10 games.
This is a big line and while Alabama is the better team this number is simply too large.
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