South Carolina Gamecocks vs Mississippi State Bulldogs Prediction, 2/24/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: South Carolina Gamecocks vs Mississippi State Bulldogs
Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Location: Humphrey Coliseum in Starkville, MS
Odds/Point Spread: South Carolina (+5.5)
Humphrey Coliseum is the venue where and the Mississippi State Bulldogs (12-11) will play the South Carolina Gamecocks (5-11) on Wednesday. South Carolina opens this contest as 5.5-point dogs. The over/under is set at 145.5.
South Carolina enters this game with a win-loss mark of 5-11 this season. They turn it over 15.4 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 19.8 fouls per game. As a team, South Carolina is pulling in 36.6 boards per game and has racked up 214 assists this season, which has them ranked 256th in Division 1 in terms of passing. The Gamecocks are shooting 31.8% on 3-pointers (118 of 371) and 66.4% from the free throw line. They have an average of 74.3 pts per game (110th in the country) while hitting 42.3% from the field. When they are on the defensive end, the Gamecocks are forcing 16.6 turnovers per game and they draw 18.2 personal fouls. They give up 35.5% on shots from beyond the arc and they are 326th in college hoops in opponents points per game (78.4). The Gamecocks defensively are allowing a shooting percentage of 45.9% (422 of 919) and they concede 36.4 boards per contest as a basketball team. They are currently ranked 144th in D-1 in giving up assists to their opponents with 234 relinquished on the year.
The South Carolina Gamecocks played the Missouri Tigers and took a loss by a final of 93-78 in their last contest. South Carolina ended the contest with a 41.5% FG percentage (27 of 65) and made 7 out of their 23 shots from distance. At the charity stripe, the Gamecocks converted 17 of their 25 shots for a percentage of 68.0%. Regarding pulling down boards, they earned a total of 33 with 11 of them being of the offensive variety. They also dished out 8 assists in this game as well as earning 3 steals and 4 blocks. In reference to the defense, South Carolina let their opponent shoot 41.5% from the field on 27 of 65 shooting. Missouri recorded 15 dimes and had 8 steals for this game. On top of that, the Tigers collected 28 boards (3 offensive, 25 defensive) and added 4 rejections. Missouri ended up going 84.2% at the free throw line by making 16 of 19 shots. They also converted 9 out of their 20 shots from beyond the perimeter.
A.J. Lawson is one guy who was important in this matchup. He was able to score 22 points on 5 of 16 shooting. He played 32 mins played and snagged 4 rebounds. Lawson ended up going 31.3% from the field and dished out 2 dimes. One more player that played a role in this matchup for the Gamecocks was Keyshawn Bryant. He snagged 5 rebounds and collected 2 assists. He finished shooting 40.0% from the floor for the matchup by shooting 6-of-15 (15 points). At the conclusion of this game, Bryant was on the court for 36 minutes.
Mississippi State has a win-loss mark of 12-11 so far this season. Mississippi State has totaled 1,613 points so far this year (70.1 per contest) and they average 38.3 rebounds per game. The Bulldogs have committed 15.9 fouls per game while shooting 64.8% from the charity stripe. In terms of offensive execution, the Bulldogs are hitting on 45.4% from the floor, which ranks them 114th in Division 1. They are getting an assist 13.0 times per contest (198th in the country) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 14.7 times per contest. The Bulldogs on the defensive end are ranked 77th in college basketball in PPG given up with 66.4. They concede 13.9 assists and 31.6 total boards per game, ranking them 246th and 46th in college basketball. The Mississippi State defense surrenders 33.2% on three-point shots (179 of 539) and opponents are converting on 75.4% of their shots from the charity stripe. They are forcing 12.8 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 41.1% from the floor (72nd in D-1).
When they last stepped on the court, the Mississippi State Bulldogs got the victory with a final of 66-56 when they played the Ole Miss Rebels. The Bulldogs were able to collect 20 defensive boards and 7 offensive rebounds totaling 27 for this game. They also blocked 2 tries while getting 8 steals in this matchup. The Rebels had 17 fouls in this matchup which took the Bulldogs to the free throw line for a total of 18 tries. They were able to knock down 14 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 77.8%. In regard to 3-point shots, Mississippi State knocked down 2 out of 9 attempts (22.2%). Overall, the Bulldogs finished the game shooting 25 for 49 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 51.0%. The Bulldogs permitted the Rebels to convert 21 out of 55 tries from the field which gave them a rate of 38.2% for the game. They shot 26.3% from distance by going 5 of 19 and ended up going 9 out of 11 at the free throw line (81.8%). When discussing rebounding, Mississippi State allowed Ole Miss to get 25 in all (11 offensive).
Iverson Molinar ended up being important for the Bulldogs for this contest. He made 6 out of 13 for this game for a rate of 46.2%, which earned him 17 points. Molinar collected 2 rebounds in his 32 minutes and accounted for 2 assists for the contest. One more player that was important for Mississippi State was D.J. Stewart. He ended up walking away with 16 points in 34 minutes on the hardwood by going 6 out of 12 from the floor for the matchup. Stewart wrapped this one up going 50.0% from the field as well as earning 6 assists and 4 boards.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Mississippi State (-5.5) and over 145.5 points
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