Clemson Tigers (6-2) at Mississippi State Bulldogs (7-1)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 8, 2018, 4:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Mississippi State Bulldogs -3.5 -- Over/Under: 136
The Mississippi State Bulldogs and Clemson Tigers meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Prudential Center.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs look for a statement victory to build on their 7-1 start to the season. The Mississippi State Bulldogs are averaging 77.8 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 63.2 points on 41.6 percent shooting. Quinndary Weatherspoon is averaging 16.4 points and 2.4 assists while Lamar Peters is averaging 12.4 points and 2.5 rebounds. Nick Weatherspoon is the third double-digit scorer and Tyson Carter is dishing 1.5 assists. The Mississippi State Bulldogs are shooting 32 percent from beyond the arc and 78.1 percent from the free throw line. The Mississippi State Bulldogs are allowing 33.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.5 rebounds per game. The Mississippi State Bulldogs have won two of their last three non-home games.
The Clemson Tigers need a big victory here after splitting their last four games. The Clemson Tigers are averaging 74.2 points on 48.6 percent shooting and allowing 65.4 points on 42.1 percent shooting. Marcquise Reed is averaging 19.4 points and 3.4 assists while Shelton Mitchell is averaging 14.5 points and 2.1 rebounds. Elijah Thomas is the third double-digit scorer and Aamir Simms is grabbing 4.9 rebounds. The Clemson Tigers are shooting 32.5 percent from beyond the arc and 73.4 percent from the free throw line. The Clemson Tigers are allowing 35.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35 rebounds per game. The Clemson Tigers have won two of their last three non-home games.
The Bulldogs are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Tigers are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 neutral site games, 1-7 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The under is 5-2 in Bulldogs last 7 overall. The under is 5-2 in Tigers last 7 overall.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs are a team I'm not trying to step in front of, as they have everything needed to be a team that can make a deep run in the big dance. Mississippi State has experience, offensive firepower and does an above-average job defensively. The Bulldogs are a team to watch very closely as we get into the meat of the schedule. The Clemson Tigers are the same tough team they are every year, but we know they can go long stretches where they struggle to score. I'm high on Miss State, and I'll lay the bucket in this contest.