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Mississippi State vs. Texas A&M - 3/14/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Texas A&M vs. Mississippi State
Date & Time Thursday March 14, 2019, 9:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Bridgestone Arena
Nashville, Tennessee
The Line
The Line: Mississippi State -7 -- Over/Under: 139.5
TV Channel
SEC
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The Texas A&M Aggies and Mississippi State Bulldogs meet Thursday in the college basketball SEC Tournament at the Bridgestone Arena.

The Texas A&M Aggies look for another victory after beating Vanderbilt on Wednesday. The Texas A&M Aggies are averaging 70.9 points on 43.9 percent shooting and allowing 71.5 points on 41.9 percent shooting. Wendell Mitchell is averaging 13.5 points and 2.3 assists while Savion Flagg is averaging 13.1 points and 7.7 rebounds. TJ Starks is the third double-digit scorer and Christian Mekowulu is grabbing 6.4 rebounds. The Texas A&M Aggies are shooting 30.9 percent from beyond the arc and 69.6 percent from the free throw line. The Texas A&M Aggies are allowing 32.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.9 rebounds per game. The Texas A&M Aggies have split their last six non-home games.

The Mississippi State Bulldogs enter this tournament after winning six of their last eight games. The Mississippi State Bulldogs are averaging 77.3 points on 47.1 percent shooting and allowing 70.2 points on 43.6 percent shooting. Quinndary Weatherspoon is averaging 18.5 points and 2.6 assists while Lamar Peters is averaging 11.5 points and two rebounds. Aric Holman is grabbing 6.2 rebounds and Nick Weatherspoon is dishing 2.3 assists. The Mississippi State Bulldogs are shooting 37.6 percent from beyond the arc and 71.9 percent from the free throw line. The Mississippi State Bulldogs are allowing 35.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.1 rebounds per game. The Mississippi State Bulldogs have split their last six non-home games.

The Aggies are 5-16 ATS in their last 21 Thursday games, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up win and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games. The Bulldogs are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Southeastern and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Aggies are 0-6 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The under is 7-2 in Bulldogs last 9 overall. The under is 4-1 in Aggies last 5 overall.

The Texas A&M Aggies put together one of their better performances of the season in their win over Vanderbilt, getting after it defensively. The problem is those showings have been few and far between, and the Mississippi State Bulldogs are a drastic step up in competition. Mississippi State finished the season playing quality ball at both ends of the floor, which includes holding teams under 42 percent shooting in their last five games. While not always showing it, the Mississippi State Bulldogs are one of the more talented teams in the SEC and capable of making some noise in this tournament. Throw in the rest advantage, and I'll eat the chalk with the Bulldogs.

Pick:
Mississippi State -7

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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