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Mississippi State vs. South Carolina - 2/23/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
South Carolina at Mississippi State
Date & Time Saturday February 23, 2019, 6:00 PM (EST)
Location
Humphrey Coliseum
Starkville, Mississippi
The Line
The Line: Mississippi State -8.5 -- Over/Under: 151
TV Channel
SEC
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The South Carolina Gamecocks and Mississippi State Bulldogs meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Humphrey Coliseum.

The South Carolina Gamecocks need a win here after splitting their last 10 games. The South Carolina Gamecocks are averaging 74.6 points on 43.1 percent shooting and allowing 73.9 points on 42.4 percent shooting. Chris Silva is averaging 14.3 points and 7.4 rebounds while A.J. Lawson is averaging 13.9 points and 2.9 assists. Hassani Gravett is the third double-digit scorer and Keyshawn Bryant is dishing 1.4 assists. The South Carolina Gamecocks are shooting 36.4 percent from beyond the arc and 68.5 percent from the free throw line. The South Carolina Gamecocks are allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.8 rebounds per game. The South Carolina Gamecocks have lost four of their last five road games.

The Mississippi State Bulldogs look for a win after winning seven of their last 11 games. The Mississippi State Bulldogs are averaging 78.1 points on 47.4 percent shooting and allowing 70.6 points on 44 percent shooting. Quinndary Weatherspoon is averaging 18.1 points and 2.6 assists while Lamar Peters is averaging 12 points and 1.8 rebounds. Aric Holman is grabbing 6.5 rebounds and Nick Weatherspoon is dishing 2.3 assists. The Mississippi State Bulldogs are shooting 37.3 percent from beyond the arc and 72.3 percent from the free throw line. The Mississippi State Bulldogs are allowing 35 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.8 rebounds per game. The Mississippi State Bulldogs have split their last six home games.

The Gamecocks are 16-4-1 ATS in their last 21 vs. Southeastern and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Bulldogs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss. The underdog is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The under is 4-0 in Bulldogs last 4 overall. The over is 11-4 in Gamecocks last 15 overall.

The last two meetings between South Carolina and Mississippi State needed overtime to be decided, and each of the last five meetings overall have been decided by six or less points. The South Carolina Gamecocks have been a covering machine in conference play and have covered each of their last four gams. The Mississippi State Bulldogs are just 5-8 ATS this season when favored by at least five points. With an offense that's picked up lately, South Carolina can certainly hang around with the Bulldogs yet again. I'll take a stab with the points. 

Pick:
South Carolina +8.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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