Vanderbilt Commodores vs Mississippi State Bulldogs Prediction, 2/13/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Vanderbilt Commodores vs Mississippi State Bulldogs
Date: Saturday, February 13, 2021
Location: Humphrey Coliseum in Starkville, MS
Odds/Point Spread: Vanderbilt (+8)
Humphrey Coliseum is the venue where and the Mississippi State Bulldogs (11-10) will play the Vanderbilt Commodores (5-10) on Saturday. Vanderbilt opens this matchup as 8-point underdogs. The O/U has been set at 140.
Vanderbilt will take the court with a mark of 5-10 so far this season. They average 73.3 pts per game (137th in the nation) while hitting 43.3% from the field. The Commodores are shooting 34.8% on 3-point shots (139 of 400) and 72.8% from the free throw line. As a team, Vanderbilt is snagging 34.9 rebounds per game and has totaled 200 dimes this year, which is 226th in the country in terms of passing. They are turning it over 14.1 times per contest and as a unit they are committing 17.9 personal fouls per game. When they are on the defensive end, the Commodores are able to force 13.5 turnovers per contest and they draw 17.9 fouls. They rank 145th in D-1 in giving up assists with 201 conceded for the season. The Commodores are giving up a FG percentage of 47.3% (399 of 843) and they surrender 33.8 rebounds per contest as a unit. They are relinquishing 35.9% on 3-pointers while they are 270th in college hoops in points per game allowed (74.3).
The Vanderbilt Commodores stepped onto the hardwood against the Auburn Tigers and ended up losing by a score of 73-67 in their last contest. Vanderbilt wrapped up the game with a 43.6% field goal percentage (24 out of 55) and knocked down 8 of their 22 shots from beyond the perimeter. From the charity stripe, the Commodores made 11 of their 22 attempts for a percentage of 50.0%. In regard to grabbing rebounds, they collected 33 with 7 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 9 assists in this game while getting 8 steals and 7 rejections. Regarding defense, Vanderbilt allowed their opponent to shoot 43.6% from the floor on 24 out of 55 shooting. Auburn earned 15 dimes and had 3 steals for the game. Furthurmore, the Tigers grabbed 41 rebounds (12 offensive, 29 defensive) and got 7 rejections. Auburn ended up shooting 84.0% at the free throw line by knocking down 21 of 25 tries. They also buried 10 out of their 27 tries from three-point range.
Dylan Disu is someone who played a role for this contest. He ended up with 18 points on 9 out of 14 shooting. He saw the court for 38 minutes played and also snagged 10 boards. Disu finished the game shooting 64.3% from the field and also dished out 2 assists. One more player that came through in the game for the Commodores was Jordan Wright. He grabbed 3 boards and tallied 3 dimes. He ended up shooting 40.0% from the field in the matchup by shooting 4-of-10 (14 points). When the final whistle blew, Wright was on the hardwood for 32 minutes.
Mississippi State has a record of 11-10 this season. Mississippi State has totaled 1,496 points for the season (71.2 per game) and they pull in 39.1 rebounds per game. The Bulldogs commit 16.0 fouls per contest and they hit 64.4% from the charity stripe. When it comes to offense, the Bulldogs are connecting on 45.3% from the field, which ranks them 126th in college hoops. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 12.8 times per contest (207th in college basketball) and they are giving up possession 14.7 times per contest. The Bulldogs on the defensive end are ranked 85th in D-1 in PPG given up with 66.6. They are forcing their opponents into 12.7 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 41.0% from the floor (71st in college basketball). The Mississippi State defense surrenders 32.9% on shots from behind the 3-point line (161 of 490) and opponents are converting on 75.2% of their shots from the free throw line. They surrender 14.0 assists and 31.5 boards per game, which ranks them 244th and 46th in college basketball.
When they last stepped on the court, the Mississippi State Bulldogs took a loss by a final score of 94-80 when they played the LSU Tigers. The Bulldogs pulled down 17 defensive boards and 10 offensive rebounds totaling 27 in the game. They turned away 2 attempts while earning 3 steals in this game. The Tigers were called for 14 fouls in this matchup which took the Bulldogs to the charity stripe for 16 tries. They were able to knock down 11 of the free throw tries for a rate of 68.8%. Regarding shots from distance, Mississippi State buried 9 of 24 attempts (37.5%). When the final whistle blew, the Bulldogs finished 30 out of 56 from the field which gave them a percentage of 53.6%. The Bulldogs permitted the Tigers to bury 38 out of their 62 tries from the floor which left them with a rate of 61.3% in the game. They went 45.5% from three-point range by shooting 10 of 22 and finished the game at 8 out of 11 at the charity stripe (72.7%). With respect to how they rebounded, Mississippi State permitted LSU to snag 25 in all (7 offensive).
Tolu Smith ended up being a major contributor for the Bulldogs in the matchup. He converted 10 out of 11 for the contest giving him a rate of 90.9%, which got him 24 points. Smith grabbed 11 boards in his 36 mins and totaled 2 dimes in the game. One more player that was pivotal for Mississippi State was Iverson Molinar. He was able to score 16 points in his 33 minutes on the hardwood via 5 out of 14 shooting in the game. Molinar wrapped this one up going 35.7% from the floor as well as earning 4 assists and 2 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Mississippi State (-8)
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