Mississippi State Bulldogs vs Ole Miss Rebels Prediction, 2/20/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Mississippi State Bulldogs vs Ole Miss Rebels
Date: Saturday, February 20, 2021
Location: The Pavilion at Ole Miss in Oxford, MS
Odds/Point Spread: Mississippi State (+4.5)
The Pavilion at Ole Miss is the venue where and the Ole Miss Rebels (12-8) will take on the Mississippi State Bulldogs (11-11) on Saturday. Mississippi State opens this contest as 4.5-point dogs. The over/under is set at 128.5.
Mississippi State comes into this contest with a win-loss record of 11-11 for the season. The Bulldogs are connecting on 36.3% on shots from downtown (128 of 353) and 64.2% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 70.3 points per outing (207th in Division 1) while connecting on 45.2% from the floor. They are turning it over 14.8 times per game and as a team they commit 15.9 personal fouls every game. As a team, Mississippi State is pulling down 38.6 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 283 assists so far this season, which is 89th in the nation in terms of passing the ball. Defensively, the Bulldogs are able to force 12.7 turnovers per contest and they draw 16.4 personal fouls. They are giving up 33.5% on shots from downtown while they are 85th in the nation in points per game from their opponents (66.9). The Bulldogs defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 41.2% (526 of 1,277) and they concede 31.7 rebounds per game as a unit. They currently rank 320th in college basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 310 relinquished for the year.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs took the court against the Vanderbilt Commodores and took a loss by a score of 72-51 in their last contest. Mississippi State ended the contest having earned a 42.3% FG percentage (22 of 52) and made 5 of their 19 shots from beyond the arc. At the free throw line, the Bulldogs knocked down 2 of their 4 shots for a percentage of 50.0%. In relation to rebounding, they earned 27 with 3 of them being of the offensive variety. They also distributed 14 assists for the matchup in addition to having 8 steals and 5 blocked shots. In regard to defending, Mississippi State let their opponent shoot 42.3% from the floor on 22 of 52 shooting. Vanderbilt recorded 16 assists and had 13 steals in this matchup. Moreover, the Commodores grabbed 33 rebounds (7 offensive, 26 defensive) and earned 5 rejections. Vanderbilt ended up shooting 75.0% from the free throw line by burying 9 of 12 tries. They buried 13 out of their 30 tries from 3-point range.
Iverson Molinar is a guy who was a major factor for the game. He ended up scoring 19 points on 9 out of 13 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 37 mins and collected 6 boards. Molinar went 69.2% from the floor and also distributed 2 dimes. Someone else that was a factor in the matchup for the Bulldogs was D.J. Stewart. He grabbed 2 boards and collected 3 dimes. He ended up going 30.0% from the floor in the game by connecting on 3-of-10 (9 points). When the final whistle blew, Stewart played 33 min.
Ole Miss has a win-loss record of 12-8 so far this year. The Rebels are committing 17.5 fouls every game and they hit 68.7% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 12.9 times per contest (203rd in college basketball) and they turn the ball over 14.0 times per game. Ole Miss has scored 1,405 points so far this year (70.3 per contest) and they average 36.2 rebounds per game. In terms of offensive execution, the Rebels are connecting on 44.8% from the field, which ranks 153rd in college basketball. The Rebels on the defensive end are ranked 41st in the country in points given up per game with 63.8. They surrender 12.8 dimes and 32.3 boards per contest, which has them ranked 156th and 63rd in college hoops. The Ole Miss defense allows 37.1% on 3-point attempts (147 of 396) and opponents are connecting on 69.4% of their free throw attempts. They are able to force 16.9 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 42.2% from the field (130th in D-1).
When they last played, the Ole Miss Rebels walked away with a victory by a final of 81-74 when they faced the South Carolina Gamecocks. The Rebels collected 23 defensive boards and 7 offensive rebounds totaling 30 in the matchup. They blocked 3 shots while earning 11 steals in this game. The Gamecocks committed 25 personal fouls for this contest which got the Rebels to the free throw line for 44 shots. They were able to bury 34 of the free throw attempts for a clip of 77.3%. When it comes to shooting from beyond the arc, Ole Miss converted 3 of 10 tries (30.0%). At the conclusion of this game, the Rebels finished shooting 22 for 44 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 50.0%. The Rebels permitted the Gamecocks to convert 23 of their 57 attempts from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 40.4% for the matchup. They went 33.3% from distance by hitting 6 of 18 and ended up shooting 22 of 29 from the free throw line (75.9%). When it comes to rebounding, Ole Miss allowed South Carolina to get 29 in all (10 on the offensive side).
Devontae Shuler was important for the Rebels for the matchup. He converted 8 out of 13 in this matchup for a field goal rate of 61.5%, which got him 31 points. Shuler collected 7 rebounds in his 34 mins and tallied 4 dimes in this contest. An additional guy that ended being a contributor for Ole Miss was Romello White. He accumulated 14 points in 33 minutes on the hardwood by going 5 out of 9 shooting for the contest. White wrapped this one up going 55.6% from the field as well as contributing 2 assists and 5 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Mississippi State (+4.5)
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