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Mississippi State vs. LSU - 3/8/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

LSU Tigers (17-13) at Mississippi State Bulldogs (21-10)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Scottrade Center)

The Line: Mississippi State Bulldogs -1.5 -- Over/Under: 145.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: SECN

Coming up Thursday in SEC Tournament action from Scottrade Center, the LSU Tigers and the Mississippi State Bulldogs will be matching up on the college basketball court. 

LSU comes into this one with a 17-13 record overall. The Tigers had lost two consecutive games, but took a win Saturday against this same Bulldogs team. In that one, LSU forward Aaron Epps put up 16 points. 

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Mississippi State vs. LSU - 3/8/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Heading up the scoring for LSU is Tremont Waters with 15.6 PPG and 5.9 APG. Also in double-digits for the Tigers are Duop Reath (12.5 PPG; 5.3 RPG) and Skylar Mays (11.3 PPG). 

Over on the Mississippi State side, they’re sitting t 21-10 on the year. The Bulldogs have lost their last two games, to Tennessee and LSU. In the Saturday game, Mississippi State guard Lamar Peters managed 15 points. 

Tops in scoring for Mississippi State this year is Quinndary Weatherspoon with 14.7 PPG and 5.9 RPG. Also in double-digits for the Bulldogs are Nick Weatherspoon (11.1 PPG) and Aric Holman (10.7 PPG). 

LSU is 27-12 ATS in their last 39 Thursday games and 1-4-1 ATS in the last six games following a straight-up win. The Tigers are also 7-19-2 ATS in their last 28 following an ATS win and 1-4 ATS in their last five neutral-site games. 

Meanwhile, the Bulldogs are 4-1 ATS in their last five neutral-site games and 8-3 ATS in the last 11 overall. Mississippi State is also 8-3 ATS in their last 11 versus the SEC and 2-7 ATS in their last nine Thursday games. 

Do we need to take LSU’s Saturday win over the Bulldogs with a proverbial grain of salt? Probably, but in truth the Tigers have been scoring pretty well over their last four games, with at least 74 in each. LSU is certainly giving up the points, though. Mississippi State has been playing pretty flat over their last couple of games but I think they’ll wake up enough to cover here. Give me the Bulldogs.

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