Mississippi State Bulldogs vs Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Prediction, 3/27/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Mississippi State Bulldogs vs Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
Date: Saturday, March 27, 2021
Location: Comerica Center in Frisco, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Mississippi State (-2)
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (23-7) host the Mississippi State Bulldogs (17-14) at Comerica Center on Saturday in the NIT Semifinals. The line on this matchup has Mississippi State as 2-point favorites. The O/U is set at 135.5.
Mississippi State comes into this game with a record of 17-14 on the season. The Bulldogs are shooting 33.9% on 3-pointers (163 of 481) and 65.9% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 69.0 pts per game (238th in Division 1) while hitting 45.3% from the field. They lose possession via turnover 15.1 times per game and as a team are committing 15.4 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Mississippi State is pulling down 39.1 rebounds per contest and has totaled 403 dimes this year, which has them ranked 44th in college hoops in terms of passing the rock. Defensively, the Bulldogs are forcing 11.9 turnovers per game while drawing 16.3 personal fouls. They currently rank 340th in D-1 in allowing assists to their opponents with 435 surrendered on the campaign. The Bulldogs defense is giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 40.4% (742 of 1,836) and they relinquish 31.8 rebounds per game as a squad. They give up 32.3% on shots from beyond the arc and they rank 72nd in Division 1 in PPG allowed (66.7).
The Mississippi State Bulldogs played the Richmond Spiders and walked away with a win by a score of 68-67 in their last contest. Mississippi State wrapped up the game having earned a 50.0% field goal percentage (23 out of 46) and buried 6 of their 17 three-point shots. From the charity stripe, the Bulldogs made 16 of 18 shots for a rate of 88.9%. In the matter of rebounding, they earned 36 with 8 of them being offensive. They also distributed 14 dimes in this game while forcing the other team into 6 turnovers and having 3 steals. In reference to the defense, Mississippi State allowed the other team to go 41.5% from the floor on 22 out of 53 shooting. Richmond totaled 14 assists and had 11 steals in this game. Additionally, Richmond collected 21 rebounds (7 offensive, 14 defensive) and added 2 blocks. Richmond finished the game at 60.9% at the charity stripe by making 14 of their 23 attempts. They also converted 9 out of their 23 attempts from 3-point range.
D.J. Stewart is one guy who was a contributor in this contest. He ended up scoring 22 points on 5 of 13 shooting. He was on the court for 36 mins played but didn't pull down any rebounds. Stewart ended up going 38.5% from the floor and earned 5 assists. One more player that was a contributor in the game for the Bulldogs was Iverson Molinar. He snagged 7 rebounds in 36 min on the court. He ended up going 70.0% from the floor for this contest by going 7-of-10 (18 points). At the conclusion of this game, Molinar had 2 assists.
Louisiana Tech has a record of 23-7 so far this year. The Bulldogs commit 15.3 personal fouls every game and they go 68.9% from the free throw line. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 12.7 times per game (218th in the country) and they are losing possession via turnover 12.9 times per game. Louisiana Tech has accounted for 2,201 points this year (73.4 per game) and they pull down 38.7 boards per contest. When it comes to executing on offense, the Bulldogs are shooting 44.5% from the field, which is 152nd in the nation. The Bulldogs on the defensive end are ranked 42nd in D-1 in PPG surrendered with 64.5. They have conceded 11.8 assists and 35.1 total rebounds per game, which ranks them 85th and 191st in college hoops. The Louisiana Tech defense concedes 29.5% on shots from behind the 3-point line (200 of 679) and their opponents are connecting on 71.6% of their foul shots. They are able to force 13.5 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 39.7% from the floor (18th in college basketball).
When they last stepped on the court, the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs went home victorious with a score of 72-65 when they played the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. The Bulldogs earned 28 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive rebounds totaling 35 for the matchup. They also turned it over 12 times, while earning 5 steals in this matchup. The Hilltoppers earned 14 personal fouls in this matchup which took the Bulldogs to the free throw line for a total of 13 attempts. They were able to bury 9 of them for a clip of 69.2%. In regard to three-point shots, Louisiana Tech converted 11 out of 18 tries (61.1%). At the conclusion of this game, the Bulldogs went 26 for 55 from the field which gave them a percentage of 47.3%. The Bulldogs allowed the Hilltoppers to bury 23 out of their 66 attempts from the field which gave them a rate of 34.8% for the matchup. They went 30.0% from behind the 3-point line by going 9 out of 30 and finished the game at 10 out of 13 at the charity stripe (76.9%). In the matter of cleaning the glass, Louisiana Tech permitted Western Kentucky to get 37 in all (13 offensive).
Kalob Ledoux ended up being a factor for the Bulldogs in the game. He made 7 out of 11 for the matchup for a field goal percentage of 63.6%, and added 6 rebounds. Ledoux totaled 20 points in his 37 minutes on the hardwood, but finished this game without an assist. Someone else that played a role for Louisiana Tech was Amorie Archibald. He came away with 4 dimes in 31 minutes on the hardwood, and he knocked down 4 out of 9 from the floor. Archibald finished going 44.4% from the field as well as collecting 11 points and 6 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Louisiana Tech (+2)
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