Mississippi State Bulldogs vs Arkansas Razorbacks Prediction, 2/2/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Mississippi State Bulldogs vs Arkansas Razorbacks
Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Location: Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, AR
Odds/Point Spread: Mississippi State (+6.5)
Bud Walton Arena is the site where and the Arkansas Razorbacks (13-5) will play the Mississippi State Bulldogs (10-8) on Tuesday. Mississippi State opens this game as 6.5-point underdogs. The total is set at 146.
Mississippi State comes into this matchup with a record of 10-8 so far this year. They lose possession by turning the ball over 13.7 times per game and as a unit are committing 15.8 personal fouls every game. As a team, Mississippi State is collecting 39.7 boards per game and has tallied 226 assists this year, which has them ranked 94th in the country in terms of passing the ball. The Bulldogs are hitting 36.4% on 3-point shots (99 of 272) and 64.2% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 72.0 points per contest (175th in college hoops) while going 45.5% from the floor. On defense, the Bulldogs are forcing their opponents into 12.7 turnovers per contest and they draw 17.1 personal fouls. The Bulldogs are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 40.7% (421 of 1,035) and they surrender 31.0 boards per game as a basketball team. They are currently ranked 320th in college basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 248 relinquished so far this season. They are surrendering 33.8% from 3-point land while they are 71st in the country in points per game from their opponents (65.8).
The Mississippi State Bulldogs stepped onto the hardwood against the Iowa State Cyclones and earned the victory with a final of 95-56 in their last game. Mississippi State finished with a 50.7% FG percentage (37 out of 73) and made 8 of their 19 shots from downtown. From the charity stripe, the Bulldogs made 13 of their 19 attempts for a percentage of 68.4%. In terms of hauling in rebounds, they earned 38 with 15 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 21 dimes in this game as well as getting 9 steals and 4 rejections. When it comes to defense, Mississippi State allowed the other team to shoot 50.7% from the field on 37 of 73 shooting. Iowa State earned 8 dimes and had 5 steals in the matchup. On top of that, the Cyclones snagged 32 rebounds (9 offensive, 23 defensive) and earned 4 blocked shots. Iowa State finished the game at 72.0% at the free throw line by making 18 of 25 tries. They converted 4 of their 24 tries from distance.
Iverson Molinar is one player who was important for the contest. He finished with 20 points on 8 of 13 shooting. He played 26 mins played and pulled down 3 boards. Molinar went 61.5% from the floor and also recorded 2 assists. One more player that was a major factor in the game for the Bulldogs was D.J. Stewart. He totaled 3 rebounds and also accumulated 5 assists. He went 31.3% from the field in the matchup by shooting 5-of-16 (17 points). When the final whistle was blown, Stewart played for 25 min.
Arkansas has a mark of 13-5 this season. The Razorbacks are committing 17.0 personal fouls per game and they go 73.0% from the charity stripe. They are dishing out assists 15.1 times per contest (79th in the nation) and they turn it over 13.0 times per game. Arkansas has totaled 1,511 points for the year (83.9 per contest) and they pull in 41.1 boards per game. On the offensive side of the ball, the Razorbacks are shooting 45.5% from the floor, which has them ranked 110th in college basketball. The Razorbacks on defense are ranked 194th in D-1 in PPG given up with 70.7. The Arkansas defense concedes 30.5% on shots from beyond the arc (123 of 403) and their opponents are converting on 69.6% of their free throw shots. They have surrendered 11.6 dimes and 35.1 total boards per game, ranking them 85th and 179th in those categories on the defensive end. They are able to force 15.1 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 42.1% from the field (132nd in D-1).
For their last game, the Arkansas Razorbacks took a loss by a score of 81-77 against the Oklahoma State Cowboys. The Razorbacks collected 19 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive rebounds totaling 30 for the game. They blocked 5 shots while getting 8 steals for this game. The Cowboys earned 14 fouls in the game which took the Razorbacks to the free throw line for a total of 7 shots. They were able to bury 4 of the free throws for a percentage of 57.1%. With regard to 3-pointers, Arkansas buried 5 of their 15 attempts (33.3%). Overall, the Razorbacks walked away from this one shooting 34 out of 70 from the field which gave them a percentage of 48.6%. The Razorbacks permitted the Cowboys to knock down 31 of their 61 attempts from the floor which gave them a rate of 50.8% in the matchup. They wrapped up this game 35.0% from behind the 3-point line by shooting 7 out of 20 and finished the contest at 12 of 15 at the free throw line (80.0%). In regard to how they attacked the glass, Arkansas allowed Oklahoma State to get 36 in total (10 on the offensive glass).
Justin Smith ended up being a factor for the Razorbacks for this contest. He converted 9 of 14 in this contest for a rate of 64.3%, which had him sitting at 18 points. Smith snagged 7 rebounds in his 37 minutes and had 4 assists for this game. Another guy that was pivotal for Arkansas was Moses Moody. He notched 17 points in 32 minutes played via 8 out of 13 from the floor for the game. Moody finished going 61.5% from the field and also contributing 2 assists and 4 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Mississippi State (+6.5)
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