Mississippi State Bulldogs vs Auburn Tigers Prediction, 2/16/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Mississippi State Bulldogs vs Auburn Tigers
Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Location: Auburn Arena in Auburn, AL
Odds/Point Spread: Mississippi State (+4.5)
The Auburn Tigers (11-11) play the Mississippi State Bulldogs (11-11) at Auburn Arena on Tuesday. The line on this contest has Auburn as 4.5-point favorites. The over/under is set at 145.
Mississippi State will play this contest with a record of 11-11 this season. They cough up possession 14.8 times per game and as a unit are committing 15.9 fouls every game. As a team, Mississippi State is pulling in 38.6 rebounds per game and has 283 dimes for the campaign, which has them ranked 75th in Division 1 in terms of passing. The Bulldogs are connecting on 36.3% on shots beyond the perimeter (128 of 353) and 64.2% from the charity stripe. They average 70.3 pts per game (210th in D-1) on 45.2% from the floor. On the defensive end, the Bulldogs are able to force 12.7 turnovers per game while drawing 16.4 fouls. The Bulldogs defensively are giving up a shooting percentage of 41.2% (526 of 1,277) and they relinquish 31.7 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They currently rank 328th in the nation in giving up assists to their opponents with 310 conceded on the year. They are giving up 33.5% on shots from downtown while they are 84th in the nation in opponents points per game (66.9).
The Mississippi State Bulldogs took the court against the Vanderbilt Commodores and ended up losing by a score of 72-51 in their last contest. Mississippi State wrapped up the contest having earned a 42.3% field goal percentage (22 of 52) and converted 5 of 19 shots from beyond the arc. From the charity stripe, the Bulldogs made 2 of their 4 tries for a percentage of 50.0%. In relation to hauling in boards, they earned 27 with 3 of them being offensive. They also distributed 14 assists for this contest while earning 8 steals and 5 blocked shots. When it comes to defending, Mississippi State allowed 42.3% from the field on 22 out of 52 shooting. Vanderbilt earned 16 assists and had 13 steals for this game. Furthurmore, the Commodores pulled down 33 boards (7 offensive, 26 defensive) and had 5 rejections. Vanderbilt shot 75.0% from the free throw line by converting 9 of 12 shots. They also buried 13 of their 30 shots from beyond the arc.
Iverson Molinar is one player who was a contributor for the matchup. He notched 19 points on 9 of 13 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 37 mins played and collected 6 rebounds. Molinar finished the game at 69.2% from the floor and also dished out 2 assists. An additional guy that was a factor in the matchup for the Bulldogs was D.J. Stewart Jr.. He snagged 2 rebounds and also collected 3 dimes. He ended up going 30.0% from the floor in the matchup by connecting on 3-of-10 (9 points). At the conclusion of this game, Jr. saw the court for 33 min.
Auburn has a mark of 11-11 for the year. When it comes to executing on offense, the Tigers are connecting on 44.7% from the floor, which has them ranked 155th in D-1. Auburn has scored 1,734 points for the year (78.8 per game) and they pull in 39.3 rebounds per contest. They are earning an assist 15.7 times per contest (54th in Division 1) and they turn it over 16.4 times per game. The Tigers are responsible for committing 18.2 personal fouls every game and they shoot 70.6% from the free throw line. The Tigers on the defensive side of the court are 293rd in Division 1 in PPG given up with 76.0. They are forcing 14.3 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 43.5% from the floor (189th in D-1). The Auburn defense gives up 32.0% on three-point shots (157 of 491) and their opponents are making 68.7% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have surrendered 12.7 assists and 35.7 rebounds every game, which has them ranked 154th and 214th in college hoops.
In their last game, the Auburn Tigers took a loss by a final score of 82-80 against the Kentucky Wildcats. The Tigers earned 22 defensive rebounds and 17 offensive rebounds for a total of 39 in this game. They blocked 8 shots while recording 5 steals in this game. The Wildcats committed 15 fouls for the matchup which took the Tigers to the free throw line for a total of 10 shots. They were able to convert 9 of them for a clip of 90.0%. Pertaining to shooting from downtown, Auburn made 11 of their 30 tries (36.7%). Overall, the Tigers shot 30 for 73 from the floor which had them sitting at 41.1%. The Tigers permitted the Wildcats to convert 27 out of 63 attempts from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 42.9% for this contest. They went 45.8% from beyond the perimeter by shooting 11 of 24 and ended up going 17 of 25 at the charity stripe (68.0%). With respect to rebounds, Auburn allowed Kentucky to snag 32 overall (12 on the offensive glass).
JT Thor ended up having an impact for the Tigers in this game. He knocked down 8 out of 11 for this contest giving him a rate of 72.7%, which had him sitting at 24 points. Thor had 9 rebounds in his 28 mins and accumulated 2 dimes for the game. An additional guy who came through for Auburn was Allen Flanigan. He left the arena with 23 points in 31 minutes on the hardwood by going 8 out of 13 shooting for the contest. Flanigan ended up shooting 61.5% from the field and also contributing 2 assists and 5 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Auburn (-4.5)
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