Mississippi State Bulldogs vs Vanderbilt Commodores Prediction, 1/9/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Mississippi State Bulldogs vs Vanderbilt Commodores
Date: Saturday, January 9, 2021
Location: Memorial Gymnasium (Vanderbilt) in Nashville, TN
Odds/Point Spread: Mississippi State (-4.5)
The Vanderbilt Commodores (4-4) host the Mississippi State Bulldogs (7-4) at Memorial Gymnasium (Vanderbilt) on Saturday. The spread on this game has Mississippi State as 4.5-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 137.
Mississippi State will enter this contest with a win-loss mark of 7-4 on the season. The Bulldogs are hitting 38.3% on shots from 3-point land (70 of 183) and 63.0% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 74.4 points per contest (147th in the nation) while going 45.7% from the floor. They are losing possession via turnover 13.5 times per game and as a unit are committing 16.4 personal fouls per game. As a team, Mississippi State is pulling down 41.0 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 146 dimes this year, which is 92nd in the country in terms of passing the rock. On defense, the Bulldogs are forcing 12.7 turnovers every game while drawing 18.1 personal fouls. They relinquish 35.3% on three-point shots while they are 78th in the country in PPG allowed (65.6). The Bulldogs are giving up a FG percentage of 40.2% (257 of 639) and they concede 31.1 boards per game as a squad. They are currently ranked 308th in the nation in allowing assists to the opposition with 156 surrendered for the season.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs stepped onto the hardwood against the Missouri Tigers and walked away with a win by a score of 78-63 in their last contest. Mississippi State finished the game having earned a 51.9% FG percentage (28 out of 54) and made 3 of their 6 shots from beyond the arc. From the free throw line, the Bulldogs made 19 of 21 tries for a rate of 90.5%. Regarding rebounding, they compiled a total of 32 with 8 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 11 assists for this contest in addition to having 6 steals and 5 blocks. In reference to defending, Mississippi State allowed their opponent to shoot 51.9% from the floor on 28 out of 54 shooting. Missouri doled out 15 assists and had 6 steals in the matchup. Furthurmore, the Tigers collected 18 rebounds (4 offensive, 14 defensive) and got 5 rejections. Missouri shot 100.0% from the free throw line by making 6 of their 6 tries. They converted 5 out of their 18 attempts from beyond the perimeter.
D.J. Stewart is someone who came through in the game. He finished with 24 points on 10 out of 14 shooting. He saw the court for 37 minutes and also totaled 3 rebounds. Stewart finished the contest at 71.4% from the floor and also earned 4 assists. Someone else that came through in the matchup for the Bulldogs was Iverson Molinar. He snagged 3 boards and had 2 assists. He ended up shooting 43.8% from the field in the matchup by going 7-of-16 (20 points). At the conclusion of this game, Molinar was on the hardwood for 34 minutes.
Vanderbilt has a mark of 4-4 so far this year. As an offensive unit, the Commodores are shooting 43.1% from the field, which ranks them 235th in D-1. Vanderbilt has scored 585 pts for the campaign (73.1 per contest) and they grab 37.9 boards per contest. They are earning an assist 13.9 times per contest (157th in Division 1) and they turn it over 13.5 times per contest. The Commodores are responsible for committing 17.1 personal fouls per game and they connect on 75.8% from the free throw line. The Commodores are ranked 161st in D-1 in points allowed per contest with 69.0. They are forcing 12.8 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 43.8% from the field (221st in college basketball). The Vanderbilt defense gives up 31.3% on 3-pointers (52 of 166) and their opponents are making 69.4% of their free throw attempts. They allow 11.6 dimes and 33.4 boards every game, which has them ranked 111th and 97th in college basketball.
When they last played, the Vanderbilt Commodores went home defeated by a final of 77-74 when they played the Kentucky Wildcats. The Commodores were able to corral 29 defensive boards and 12 offensive boards for a total of 41 in this matchup. They turned away 2 attempts while getting 2 steals for this game. The Wildcats committed 19 fouls for this game which took the Commodores to the charity stripe for 14 tries. They were able to make 10 of the free throw tries for a rate of 71.4%. When discussing three-point attempts, Vanderbilt made 10 out of 27 tries (37.0%). When the final whistle blew, the Commodores finished shooting 27 out of 64 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 42.2%. The Commodores allowed the Wildcats to bury 23 out of 55 attempts from the floor which had them shooting 41.8% in this contest. They finished 38.5% from 3-point land via 5 out of 13 and walked away from this one shooting 26 of 32 at the charity stripe (81.3%). When discussing how they rebounded, Vanderbilt permitted Kentucky to grab 29 in total (5 offensive).
Scotty Pippen ended up having an impact for the Commodores in this game. He converted 8 of 16 for the game for a rate of 50.0%, which had him sitting at 18 points. Pippen collected 8 rebounds in his 35 mins and accounted for 8 assists in the matchup. Another guy who was a determining factor for Vanderbilt was Dylan Disu. He scored 18 points in his 33 minutes played by going 7 out of 17 from the floor in the game. Disu wrapped this one up going 41.2% from the field while totaling 2 assists and 10 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Mississippi State (-4.5)
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