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Auburn vs Mississippi State Basketball Picks 3-16-24

Mississippi State Bulldogs (21-12) vs. Auburn Tigers (25-7)
March 16, 2024 1:00 pm EDT
The Line: Auburn Tigers -8.5; Over/Under: +142.5
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The Mississippi State Bulldogs and the Auburn Tigers meet Saturday in the college basketball SEC Tournament Semifinals at the Bridgestone Arena. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here’s a Mississippi State vs. Auburn Prediction.

Mississippi State Team Preview

The Mississippi State Bulldogs come into the semis after taking out top seed Tennessee by a final score of 73-56. Josh Hubbard leads the Bulldogs in scoring with 16.2 PPG along with 2.3 RPG while Tolu Smith has 16.9 PPG and 8.4 RPG in 17 games so far this season. Cameron Matthews has 9.2 PPG and 7.1 RPG as well as 3 APG to lead the Bulldogs on the glass. Shakeel Moore also has 8.7 PPG while Dashawn Davis has 2.9 APG as well. As a team, Mississippi State is averaging 75 PPG on 45.2% shooting from the field, 32.8% from three and 66.9% from the foul line this season.

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Auburn Team Preview

The Auburn Tigers booked their spot in the semis by routing South Carolina 86-55. Johni Broome leads the Tigers in scoring and rebounding with 16.3 PPG and 8.5 RPG while Jaylin Williams has 12.9 PPG with 4.4 RPG. Chad Baker-Mazara has 10.3 PPG to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for Auburn up to this point in the year. Tre Donaldson also has a team-high 3.2 APG to lead the Tigers in the assist department up to this point in the year. As a team, Auburn is averaging 83.5 PPG on 47.3% shooting from the field, 35.1% from three and 75.4% from the foul line this season.

Mississippi State vs. Auburn Prediction

I’m on Auburn here. The Tigers are just too balanced for me to go against in a spot like this with a chance to make the SEC title game. I’m sure Mississippi State would as well, but the win over Tennessee likely punched their ticket to the big dance, so there could be a bit of a letdown here. Auburn’s been so dominant up to this point, I don’t see anything changing here. Give me Auburn.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: Auburn -8.5

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Chris Ruffolo

Chris joined the Sports Chat Place team in August 2016 and has a proven system that combines multiple analytical and situational statistics and trends to give out thousands of winning picks over the last three years with winning records across all of the top leagues, Follow Chris Ruffolo on Twitter @ruffthepickdawg

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