Mississippi State Bulldogs vs South Carolina Gamecocks Prediction, 2/6/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Mississippi State Bulldogs vs South Carolina Gamecocks
Date: Saturday, February 6, 2021
Location: Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, SC
Odds/Point Spread: Mississippi State (+1.5)
Colonial Life Arena is the venue where and the South Carolina Gamecocks (5-6) will play the Mississippi State Bulldogs (10-9) on Saturday. Mississippi State opens this contest as 1.5-point underdogs. The total opens at 142.
Mississippi State will enter this matchup with a mark of 10-9 this year. They have an average of 70.6 points per outing (206th in college hoops) while hitting 44.9% from the floor. The Bulldogs are connecting on 35.7% on shots from downtown (104 of 291) and 63.8% from the charity stripe. As a team, Mississippi State is pulling down 39.4 boards per game and is sitting with 236 assists for the year, which has them ranked 94th in college basketball in terms of passing. They are turning it over 14.3 times per contest and as a unit they commit 15.9 fouls on a nightly basis. When they are on defense, the Bulldogs have forced 12.9 turnovers per game and they draw 16.9 personal fouls. They surrender 33.0% on shots from beyond the arc and they are ranked 68th in Division 1 in opponents PPG (65.6). The Bulldogs are giving up a field goal percentage of 40.4% (444 of 1,099) and they surrender 31.7 rebounds per game as a squad. They are 322nd in college basketball in giving up assists with 261 surrendered this year.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs stepped onto the hardwood against the Arkansas Razorbacks and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 61-45 in their last game. Mississippi State ended the contest having earned a 30.6% FG percentage (15 of 49) and converted 5 of their 19 three-point shots. From the free throw line, the Bulldogs buried 10 of 18 tries for a rate of 55.6%. When talking about getting rebounds, they compiled a total of 28 with 6 of them being of the offensive variety. They also distributed 10 assists for the contest as well as getting 9 steals and 4 blocks. Concerning the defense, Mississippi State let their opponent shoot 30.6% from the field on 15 out of 49 shooting. Arkansas earned 13 dimes and had 10 steals for the game. Moreover, the Razorbacks snagged 40 rebounds (12 offensive, 28 defensive) and earned 4 blocks. Arkansas shot 92.9% from the charity stripe by making 13 of 14 tries. They also converted 2 out of their 17 tries from long range.
Tolu Smith is one guy who came through for this contest. He walked away with 10 points on 3 of 8 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 34 minutes and snagged 5 rebounds. Smith finished 37.5% from the floor and also totaled 2 assists. Another guy that came through in this game for the Bulldogs was D.J. Stewart. He collected 3 rebounds and earned 3 dimes. He finished the contest at 40.0% from the field for the game by connecting on 4-of-10 (8 points). At the conclusion of this game, Stewart played 37 min.
South Carolina has a record of 5-6 for the year. South Carolina has scored 826 pts this year (75.1 per game) and they collect 37.9 boards per game. The Gamecocks are responsible for committing 19.3 personal fouls every game and they hit 63.5% from the free throw line. As an offense, the Gamecocks are shooting 43.4% from the field, which is 234th in the nation. Their rate of earning assists is at 13.8 times per game (142nd in Division 1) and they cough up possession 15.3 times per contest. The Gamecocks on defense are ranked 284th in the nation in points allowed per contest with 75.5. They give up 13.8 assists and 35.9 boards on a nightly basis, ranking them 236th and 218th in D-1. The South Carolina defense surrenders 32.8% on 3-point shots (80 of 244) and opponents are converting on 74.5% of their foul shots. They have forced 16.1 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 44.5% from the floor (231st in D-1).
When they last stepped on the court, the South Carolina Gamecocks took home the win by a final score of 72-66 against the Florida Gators. The Gamecocks were able to corral 29 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive rebounds for a total of 39 in the game. They rejected 3 shots while getting 10 steals for this contest. The Gators committed 15 fouls in the game which got the Gamecocks to the free throw line for a total of 10 tries. They were able to make 6 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 60.0%. In terms of shooting from beyond the arc, South Carolina converted 4 out of 19 attempts (21.1%). At the conclusion of this game, the Gamecocks walked away from this one shooting 31 for 68 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 45.6%. The Gamecocks allowed the Gators to knock down 25 out of 62 attempts from the field which had them shooting 40.3% for this contest. They went 28.0% from behind the 3-point line by going 7 out of 25 and walked away from this one shooting 9 out of 15 at the free throw line (60.0%). Concerning how they rebounded, South Carolina allowed Florida to snag 31 in all (7 offensive).
A.J. Lawson was important for the Gamecocks in this matchup. He buried 9 out of 16 in the matchup giving him a rate of 56.3%, which gave him 22 points. Lawson collected 8 boards in his 33 minutes played and had 2 assists for the contest. Another guy that was important for South Carolina was Seventh Woods. He notched 12 points in 26 minutes played via 6 of 10 from the floor for the game. Woods walked away from this one going 60.0% from the field and also contributing 2 dimes and 4 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Mississippi State (+1.5)
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