Mississippi State Bulldogs vs Memphis Tigers Prediction, 3/28/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Mississippi State Bulldogs vs Memphis Tigers
Date: Sunday, March 28, 2021
Location: Comerica Center in Frisco, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Mississippi State (+3.5)
The Memphis Tigers (19-8) play the Mississippi State Bulldogs (18-14) at Comerica Center on Sunday in the NIT Championship. Mississippi State opens this contest as 3.5-point dogs. The O/U has been set at 136.
Mississippi State enters this contest with a record of 18-14 this season. The Bulldogs are connecting on 34.5% on shots from downtown (173 of 501) and 65.9% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 69.5 points per game (228th in D-1) while connecting on 45.6% from the field. They are turning it over 15.1 times per contest and as a team they are committing 15.5 fouls per contest. As a team, Mississippi State is grabbing 39.1 rebounds per game and is sitting with 417 dimes for the campaign, which is 35th in college basketball in terms of passing. On the defensive end of the court, the Bulldogs are able to force 11.8 turnovers every game and they draw 16.4 personal fouls. They are conceding 32.1% on shots from downtown and they rank 68th in college basketball in points per game allowed (66.5). The Bulldogs defensively are giving up a shooting percentage of 40.3% (765 of 1,897) and they relinquish 31.6 rebounds per contest as a team. They rank 342nd in college hoops in giving up assists with 454 conceded this year.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs faced the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and walked away with a win by a score of 84-62 in their last contest. Mississippi State ended the contest having earned a 55.8% FG percentage (29 of 52) and converted 10 of their 20 three-point shots. When they shot from the free throw line, the Bulldogs made 16 of their 24 shots for a rate of 66.7%. When talking about grabbing boards, they earned 37 with 10 of them being of the offensive variety. They also dished out 14 dimes in this contest as well as forcing the other team into 9 turnovers and earning 6 steals. When discussing defense, Mississippi State allowed the other team to go 37.7% from the floor on 23 of 61 shooting. Louisiana Tech distributed 19 assists and had 7 steals in this game. Furthurmore, Louisiana Tech snagged 19 boards (5 offensive, 14 defensive) and had 4 blocked shots. Louisiana Tech shot 60.0% at the free throw line by burying 9 of 15 shots. They also made 7 of 26 attempts from long range.
Iverson Molinar is a guy who was a major contributor for this contest. He was able to score 25 points on 7 of 13 shooting. He played 34 mins played and pulled down 4 boards. Molinar finished the game shooting 53.8% from the floor and distributed 1 assist. One more player that was a factor in this matchup for the Bulldogs was D.J. Stewart. He collected 4 rebounds in 31 minutes on the court. He finished the game at 50.0% from the field for the game via 8-of-16 (23 points). Overall, Stewart accounted for 4 assists.
Memphis has a win-loss record of 19-8 this year. On the offensive side of the court, the Tigers are hitting on 44.4% from the field, which is ranked 159th in the country. Memphis has accumulated 1,950 pts for the campaign (72.2 per contest) and they snag 39.9 boards per game. They are dishing out assists 16.0 times per game (28th in the nation) and they cough up possession 15.7 times per contest. The Tigers are responsible for committing 19.0 personal fouls every game and they go 61.4% from the charity stripe. The Tigers on the defensive side of the court are 20th in the nation in points allowed per game with 62.7. The Memphis defense allows 27.7% on shots from behind the 3-point line (164 of 592) and opponents are knocking down 68.3% of their shots from the free throw line. They surrender 11.0 assists and 32.6 boards on a nightly basis, which ranks 44th and 71st in those categories. They are forcing their opponents into 15.9 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 38.9% from the floor (7th in college hoops).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Memphis Tigers walked away with a victory by a final of 90-67 when they faced the Colorado State Rams. The Tigers were able to snag 26 defensive boards and 10 offensive rebounds totaling 36 for this game. They also turned the ball over 11 times, while earning 9 steals in the matchup. The Rams committed 10 fouls in the game which got the Tigers to the charity stripe for a total of 9 tries. They were able to bury 8 of the free throws for a rate of 88.9%. In terms of shots from downtown, Memphis buried 14 of their 27 attempts (51.9%). In all, the Tigers shot 34 for 61 from the field which had them shooting 55.7%. The Tigers allowed the Rams to make 20 out of 52 attempts from the floor which gave them a percentage of 38.5% for the matchup. They finished 33.3% from downtown by hitting 9 out of 27 and finished the game at 18 out of 23 from the free throw line (78.3%). When it comes to rebounds, Memphis permitted Colorado State to snag 21 in total (5 on the offensive glass).
Landers Nolley pitched in for the Tigers for this game. He converted 9 of 16 for this contest for a field goal rate of 56.3%, and had 5 rebounds. Nolley racked up 27 points in his 34 mins on the hardwood and earned 2 assists for the matchup. Someone else that played a role for Memphis was Deandre Williams. He accumulated 6 assists in 28 mins played, and he converted 9 of 12 from the floor. Williams wrapped this one up going 75.0% from the field and also collecting 21 points and 9 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Mississippi State (+3.5)
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