Mississippi State vs. Arkansas - 1/2/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Arkansas Razorbacks (11-2) at Mississippi State Bulldogs (12-1)
College Basketball: Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Humphrey Coliseum)
The Line: Mississippi State Bulldogs +4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Arkansas Razorbacks and Mississippi State Bulldogs meet Tuesday in college basketball action at the Humphrey Coliseum.
The Arkansas Razorbacks look for a big road victory to build on their six-game winning streak. The Arkansas Razorbacks are averaging 90.4 points on 50.6 percent shooting and allowing 74.6 points on 42.2 percent shooting. Jaylen Barford is averaging 19.3 points and 4.2 rebounds while Daryl Macon is averaging 16.7 points and 4.1 assists. Anton Beard is the third double-digit scorer and Daniel Gafford is grabbing 6.4 rebounds. The Arkansas Razorbacks are shooting 40.9 percent from beyond the arc and 68.6 percent from the free throw line. The Arkansas Razorbacks are allowing 33.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.3 rebounds per game. The Arkansas Razorbacks have split their last road games.
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The Mississippi State Bulldogs look for their 13th victory of the season while remaining unbeaten at home. The Mississippi State Bulldogs are averaging 76.7 points on 48.5 percent shooting and allowing 62.7 points on 38.3 percent shooting. Quinndary Weatherspoon is averaging 14.2 points and 4.6 assists while Aric Holman is averaging 13.1 points and 7.3 rebounds. Tyson Carter is the third double-digit scorer and Nick Weatherspoon is grabbing 3.1 rebounds. The Mississippi State Bulldogs are shooting 30.3 percent from beyond the arc and 66.1 percent from the free throw line. The Mississippi State Bulldogs are allowing 31.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.2 rebounds per game. The Mississippi State Bulldogs have won 12 straight home games.
The Razorbacks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Tuesday games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Bulldogs are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Razorbacks are 3-13 ATS in the last 16 meetings in Mississippi State, the home team is 23-9 ATS in the last 32 meetings and the under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
We know the Arkansas Razorbacks are one of the more balanced teams in the country led by an offense that has shot teams out of the gym this season. However, the Mississippi State Bulldogs are a top-25 defensive team in the country and is top-50 in shooting percentage. Mississippi State also hasn't had to leave home much, so this is a squad that's really comfortable right now and eager to get a big victory to prove it belongs in the conversation with some of the big boys in the SEC. I'm taking a shot with the points, as the Bulldogs are being overlooked here.