Central Arkansas Bears vs Mississippi State Bulldogs Prediction, 12/16/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Central Arkansas Bears vs Mississippi State Bulldogs
Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Location: Humphrey Coliseum in Starkville, MS
Odds/Point Spread: Central Arkansas (+15)
The Mississippi State Bulldogs (3-3) host the Central Arkansas Bears (0-5) at Humphrey Coliseum on Wednesday. Mississippi State opens this contest as 15-point favorites. The O/U opens at 148.5.
Central Arkansas will enter this contest with a win-loss record of 0-5 this year. The Bears are connecting on 35.4% on three-point attempts (34 of 96) and 74.0% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 69.0 points per outing (229th in college basketball) while hitting 41.6% from the field. They are losing possession via turnover 22.0 times per game and as a basketball team they are committing 19.2 fouls every game. As a unit, Central Arkansas is collecting 37.6 boards per contest and is sitting with 64 dimes on the campaign, which is 163rd in the nation in terms of passing. On the defensive end of the court, the Bears are forcing their opponents into 13.0 turnovers per game and they draw 18.4 fouls. They are currently ranked 301st in college basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 98 conceded for the year. The Bears defense is giving up an opponent FG percentage of 44.7% (153 of 342) and they surrender 37.0 boards per game as a unit. They concede 33.3% on 3-pointers and they rank 305th in the nation in PPG allowed (85.4).
The Central Arkansas Bears faced the Ole Miss Rebels and took a loss by a final of 68-54 in their last game. Central Arkansas finished the contest with a 35.4% FG percentage (17 of 48) and converted 4 out of their 16 three-point attempts. At the free throw line, the Bears knocked down 16 of 21 attempts for a rate of 76.2%. In reference to getting rebounds, they earned a total of 30 with 3 of them being offensive. They also dished out 11 assists in the game in addition to earning 3 steals and 2 rejections. In terms of defense, Central Arkansas allowed the other team to shoot 35.4% from the floor on 17 of 48. Ole Miss distributed 14 dimes and 8 steals in this matchup. In addition, the Rebels collected 37 rebounds (12 offensive, 25 defensive) and got 2 blocked shots. Ole Miss went 76.9% at the charity stripe by making 20 of their 26 shots. They knocked down 4 out of their 25 attempts from 3-point land.
Rylan Bergersen is one player who saw a lot of action in the game. He was able to score 14 points on 5 out of 12 shooting. He saw the court for 37 minutes and also totaled 3 rebounds. Bergersen went 41.7% from the field and distributed 3 assists. One more player that was a major factor in the game for the Bears was Jared Chatham. He pulled down 5 rebounds and collected 2 assists. He went 37.5% from the floor in this game by going 3-of-8 (7 points). Overall, Chatham played for 29 minutes.
Mississippi State has a record of 3-3 for the campaign. Mississippi State has totaled 416 pts this season (69.3 per contest) and they pull in 39.7 rebounds per game. The Bulldogs are responsible for committing 18.8 fouls per game while shooting 57.0% from the charity stripe. When it comes to executing on offense, the Bulldogs are hitting on 44.6% from the floor, which ranks 193rd in the country. Their rate of earning assists is at 12.3 times per game (230th in D-1) and they lose possession via turnover 14.2 times per game. The Bulldogs defensively are ranked 109th in Division 1 in points allowed per contest with 65.8. They are able to force 12.0 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 40.9% from the field (125th in Division 1). The Mississippi State defense allows 35.8% on 3-pointers (53 of 148) and opponents are knocking down 72.9% of their free throw shots. They allow 13.8 dimes and 29.0 rebounds every game, which is 217th and 22nd in those categories on the defensive end.
The last time they took the court, the Mississippi State Bulldogs took a loss by a final score of 85-82 when they faced the Dayton Flyers. The Bulldogs were able to pull down 16 defensive rebounds and 14 offensive boards for a total of 30 in this contest. They rejected 2 tries while recording 8 steals in this matchup. The Flyers had 16 personal fouls in this contest which got the Bulldogs to the free throw line for a total of 22 tries. They were able to convert 9 of those for a clip of 40.9%. Regarding shots from distance, Mississippi State knocked down 5 of their 17 tries (29.4%). When this game wrapped up, the Bulldogs finished shooting 34 for 75 from the floor which had them sitting at 45.3%. The Bulldogs permitted the Flyers to convert 29 of 55 tries from the floor which gave them a rate of 52.7% in this matchup. They wrapped up this game 36.4% from distance by going 8 of 22 and walked away from this one shooting 19 of 26 at the charity stripe (73.1%). Regarding rebounding, Mississippi State permitted Dayton to pull down 27 in all (3 offensive).
D.J. Stewart was important for the Bulldogs in this contest. He converted 13 out of 22 in this game for a field goal percentage of 59.1%, which gave him 32 points. Stewart totaled 2 rebounds in his 47 mins played and totaled 2 dimes in the game. Another guy who saw a lot of court time for Mississippi State was Iverson Molinar. He left the arena with 20 points in 43 minutes on the hardwood via 10 out of 23 from the floor in the game. Molinar walked away from this one going 43.5% from the field in addition to earning 7 dimes and 3 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Mississippi State (-15)
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