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Mississippi State vs Vanderbilt Basketball Picks 1-20-24

Vanderbilt Commodores (5-12) vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs (12-5)
January 20, 2024 3:30 pm EDT
The Line: Mississippi State Bulldogs -13.5; Over/Under: +138.5
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The Vanderbilt Commodores and the Mississippi State Bulldogs meet in college basketball action from the Humphrey Coliseum on Saturday afternoon. Who comes out on top in this battle of struggling SEC teams? Let’s dive in and find out with our Vanderbilt vs. Mississippi State Prediction.

Vanderbilt Team Preview

The Vanderbilt Commodores come into this one looking to snap a four-game losing streak after an 80-65 loss to Auburn last time out. Ezra Manjon leads the Commodores in scoring and assists with 16 PPG and 3.2 APG along with 3.1 RPG while Tyrin Lawrence has 13.7 PPG with 5 RPG to cap off the scoring in double figures for Vandy this season. Ven-Allen Lubin also has 9.5 PPG with 4.8 RPG as well on the year. As a team, Vanderbilt is averaging 67.9 PPG on 40% shooting from the field, 28.6% from three and 71.4% from the foul line this season.

Mississippi State Team Preview

The Mississippi State Bulldogs come into this one looking to rebound from a 90-77 loss to Kentucky last time out. Josh Hubbard leads the Bulldogs in scoring with 14.4 PPG along with 2.1 RPG while Tolu Smith has 18.6 PPG and 7 RPG in 5 games so far this season. Cameron Matthews has 9.4 PPG and 6.3 RPG as well as 3.1 APG while Jimmy Bell Jr. has 8.1 PPG with a team-high 7.5 RPG to lead the Bulldogs on the glass this season. Dashawn Davis also leads the Bulldogs in assists with 3.3 APG as well this season. As a team, Mississippi State is averaging 75.4 PPG on 45.2% shooting from the field, 32.1% from three and 70.7% from the foul line this season.

Vanderbilt vs. Mississippi State Prediction

I’m on the under here. These are two teams that are struggling to put consistent results together and two offensive units that have really had issues this season, so much so that I’m not ready to trust them even against these subpar defenses. I think this is going to be an ugly game for a full 40 minutes so give me the under in this one.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: Under 138.5

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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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