Missouri at Mississippi State
|Date & Time||Tuesday February 26, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
Mississippi State Bulldogs -11 -- Over/Under: 138
ESPN - SEC Network
The Missouri Tigers will travel to Humphrey Coliseum to take on the Mississippi State Bulldogs this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.
The Missouri Tigers lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 12-14 (3-11 SEC) on the season after being defeated by the Florida Gators, 64-60, this past Saturday. Missouri led by a 33-24 margin at halftime, however, the Tigers struggled on both ends of the court in the 2nd half against the Gators and couldn’t fight back after a pair of FT’s by KeVaughn Allen gave Florida a two-possession game with just :05 seconds left in regulation. Missouri shot 41.8% from the field and 30.0% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Tigers was Javon Pickett who had 15 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, and 3 steals.
On the season, Missouri is averaging 67.3 ppg on 42.9% shooting from the field. The Tigers are averaging 8.4 three-pointers per game on 36.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Missouri has been led by Jordan Geist (14.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.1 spg), Mark Smith (11.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.6 apg), Jeremiah Tilmon (10.6 ppg, 5.7 rpg), and Javon Pickett (8.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.5 apg).
Defensively, Missouri is allowing their opponents to average 68.6 ppg on 43.5% shooting from the field. The Tigers have a rebound margin of 2.7 and a turnover margin of -1.8.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs won their 4th straight game and improved to 20-7 (8-6 SEC) on the season after defeating the South Carolina Gamecocks, 76-61, this past Saturday. Mississippi State trailed by a 36-29 margin at halftime, however, was outstanding offensively in the 2nd half and took the lead for good after a 29-7 run gave Mississippi State a 58-48 lead with 10:13 left in regulation. Mississippi State shot 50.0% from the field and 44.4% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Reggie Perry who had 21 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, and 1 steal.
On the season, Mississippi State is averaging 78.0 ppg on 47.4% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs are averaging 8.4 three-pointers per game on 37.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Mississippi State has been led by Quinndary Weatherspoon (18.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.7 spg), Lamar Peters (12.0 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 5.4 apg, 1.6 spg), Aric Holman (9.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.0 spg, 1.7 bpg), and Nick Weatherspoon (9.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.3 spg).
Defensively, Mississippi State is allowing their opponents to average 70.2 ppg on 43.8% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs have a rebound margin of 3.9 and a turnover margin of 0.7.
The Bulldogs are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Tuesday games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Bulldogs are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Tuesday games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
Missouri has lost 5 of their last 6 games and although their defense has been solid as the Tigers rank T-101st in scoring defense, Missouri has struggled offensively as they come into this match-up ranked just 305th in scoring offense & 259th in FG%.
Mississippi State has won 5 of their last 7 games and currently rank 57th in scoring offense, 42nd in FG%, and 149th in scoring defense.
Missouri has some solid young talent, however, this is a team that really has struggled scoring the basketball this season and is just 1-7 on the road this season. Mississippi State has a solid offense that should be able to put points up against the tough Missouri defense and as the Bulldogs have been solid at home this season, I think Mississippi State will do enough to cover this large home spread. Good Luck!