Mississippi State vs Missouri College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 1/5/21

Mississippi State vs Missouri College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 1/5/21 Photo by Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Missouri Tigers (7-1) at Mississippi State Bulldogs (6-4)

College Basketball: Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 9:00 pm (Humphrey Coliseum)

The Line: Mississippi State Bulldogs +2.5 -- Over/Under: 136 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Missouri Tigers and Mississippi State Bulldogs meet Tuesday in college basketball action at the Humphrey Coliseum.

The Missouri Tigers look for another win to build on their 7-1 record. The Missouri Tigers are averaging 73 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allowing 66.6 points on 38.3 percent shooting. Xavier Pinson is averaging 15 points and 3.3 assists while Mark Smith is averaging 12.5 points and 3.3 rebounds. Dru Smith is the third double-digit scorer and Jeremiah Tilmon is grabbing 7.8 rebounds. The Missouri Tigers are shooting 27.2 percent from beyond the arc and 72.5 percent from the free throw line. The Missouri Tigers are allowing 26.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.3 rebounds per game.

The Mississippi State Bulldogs look for a statement win after winning six of their last eight games. The Mississippi State Bulldogs are averaging 71 points on 45.1 percent shooting and allowing 65.9 points on 39.3 percent shooting. Iverson Molinar is averaging 18.4 points and 3.9 assists while D.J. Stewart Jr. is averaging 18.3 points and 3.8 rebounds. Tolu Smith is the third double-digit scorer and Jalen Johnson is grabbing 2.7 rebounds. The Mississippi State Bulldogs are shooting 37.9 percent from beyond the arc and 60.4 percent from the free throw line. The Mississippi State Bulldogs are allowing 35.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.9 rebounds per game.

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The Tigers are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 Tuesday games. The Bulldogs are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games following a straight up loss. The under is 4-1-1 in Tigers last 6 overall. The over is 5-2 in Bulldogs last 7 overall. The favorite is 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings.

The Missouri Tigers are the better team here and their only loss this season came against a title contender in Tennessee, but the Mississippi State Bulldogs are far from pushovers despite not having a number next to their name. Mississippi State is an above average offensive team, does a decent job on defense and has one of the best players in the SEC in Molinar. I'll grab the free bucket with Mississippi State at home.

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