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Alabama vs Mississippi State Pick – Basketball Predictions & Odds 3/10/23

Mississippi State Bulldogs (21-11) vs. Alabama Crimson Tide (26-5)
March 10, 2023 1:00 pm EDT
The Line: Alabama Crimson Tide -6 / Mississippi State Bulldogs +6 ; Over/Under: 136.5
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The Mississippi State Bulldogs and the Alabama Crimson Tide meet Friday in SEC Tournament college basketball action from Bridgestone Arena. Mississippi State sits at 21-11 on the year so far. The Bulldogs won a close tournament matchup versus Florida on Thursday. As for Alabama, they’re 26-5 overall this year. The Tide lost to Texas A&M in their last game. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place. 

Mississippi State Bulldogs

Mississippi State’s first 24 games this year were a 16-8 run. The Bulldogs closed off the regular-season slate with a 4-3 record, beating Arkansa, Ole Miss, Texas A&M and South Carolina with losses otherwise to Kentucky, Missouri and Vanderbilt. 

On Thursday in the tournament game versus Florida, Mississippi State had a 36-26 halftime lead but stalled in the second half. After a 12-11 overtime run the Bulldogs won 69-68. Tolu Smith was tops on a double-double with 28 points and 12 rebounds. 

Alabama Crimson Tide

Over on the Alabama side, they managed a nice 21-3 record over their first 24 outings of the year. The Tide finished the regular season on a 5-2 stretch, beating Auburn, Georgia, South Carolina, Arkansas and Auburn again with losses otherwise to Tennessee and Texas A&M. 

Back on Saturday versus Texas A&M, the Tide were down 32-22 by halftime. Alabama got better on a 39-35 run from there but still lost 67-61. Brandon Miller led the team with 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Jahvon Quinerly added 12 points. 


I’ll likely stick with Alabama in this one. The Tide need a good bounce-back effort after the Texas A&M matchup, though. Alabama shot a rough 33.8 percent from the field with 18 turnovers in that one, however the team had a 43-34 rebounding advantage. Prior to that loss, Alabama had scored 78 or more points in four straight games. As for Mississippi State, they’re 3-1 in their last four outings and could very well hang around in this one. These teams have met twice already, with Alabama winning both times. First was a 78-67 road victory on December 28, then a 66-63 outcome on January 25 at Coleman Coliseum. If Mississippi State plays well I can see them staying close, but I don’t think they’ll cover in the end. 

Andrew's Free Pick: Alabama Crimson Tide -6

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