Auburn Tigers vs Mississippi State Bulldogs Prediction, 3/2/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Auburn Tigers vs Mississippi State Bulldogs
Date: Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Location: Humphrey Coliseum in Starkville, MS
The Auburn Tigers (25-4) are on their way to Humphrey Coliseum on Wednesday where they will attempt to defeat the Mississippi State Bulldogs (17-12).
The Auburn Tigers took the court against Tennessee and went home with a loss by a final score of 67-62 in their last contest. Concerning fouls, the Tigers ended up with 19 and Tennessee racked up 16 fouls. They made 6 out of their 16 shots from downtown. Tennessee finished the contest at 77.8% from the charity stripe by converting 21 of 27 attempts. Furthermore, Tennessee totaled 47 rebounds (18 offensive, 29 defensive), but didn't notch a rejection. Tennessee dished out 9 assists and had 9 steals for the matchup. With regard to defense, Auburn allowed the other team to go 32.8% from the field on 20 of 61 shooting. They also recorded 12 assists for the game in addition to creating 17 turnovers and having 11 steals. In regard to pulling down boards, they collected a total of 28 with 10 of them being on the offensive end. From the charity stripe, the Tigers made 11 of 15 attempts for a percentage of 73.3%. Auburn finished the game with a 35.4% field goal percentage (23 out of 65) and converted 5 out of their 24 3-point attempts.
Jabari Smith is a player who had an impact in the game. He finished the game at 42.9% from the floor but had no assists when the time ran out. He played for 35 minutes played and also grabbed 8 rebounds. He ended up scoring 27 points on 9 out of 21 shooting.
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Auburn comes into this matchup with a record of 25-4 so far this year. They turn it over 12.1 times per contest and as a team they commit 18.7 fouls per contest. As a unit, Auburn is collecting 40.2 boards per game and has totaled 420 dimes this year, which ranks 74th in the country in terms of passing. The Tigers are hitting 31.7% on shots from beyond the arc (231 of 728) and 73.5% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 79.1 points per game (24th in D-1) while shooting 44.5% from the floor.
On defense, the Tigers are forcing their opponents into 14.8 turnovers per contest while drawing 17.4 personal fouls. They are ranked 66th in college basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 313 relinquished this season. The Tigers defensively are giving up a FG percentage of 38.2% (649 of 1,699) and they surrender 35.8 boards per contest as a group. They give up 31.4% on shots from downtown and they are 111th in D-1 in points per game allowed (66.9).
The last time they took the court, the Mississippi State Bulldogs walked away with a victory by a final of 74-69 when they faced Vanderbilt. The Bulldogs were able to snag 21 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive boards totaling 28 for this game. They coughed up the ball 12 times, while recording 11 steals for the matchup. Vanderbilt was called for 22 personal fouls in this game which took the Bulldogs to the free throw line for a total of 32 shots. They were able to knock down 23 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 71.9%. In relation to shooting from downtown, Mississippi State converted 1 of their 6 tries (16.7%). When the game finished, the Bulldogs went 25 out of 50 from the field which had them sitting at 50.0%. The Bulldogs permitted Vanderbilt to make 24 out of 52 attempts from the field which left them shooting 46.2% for this contest. They shot 31.0% from downtown by hitting 9 out of 29 and walked away from this one shooting 12 of 17 at the charity stripe (70.6%). Concerning cleaning the glass, Mississippi State allowed Vanderbilt to snag 31 overall (8 offensive).
Tolu Smith ended up being a factor for the Bulldogs for the game. He totaled 22 points in his 31 minutes on the court and had 2 assists for the matchup. He buried 8 out of 13 for this contest for a rate of 61.5%, and had 8 rebounds.
Mississippi State has a record of 17-12 on the season. The Bulldogs commit 15.6 fouls per game and they hit 72.4% from the charity stripe. They are assisting teammates 13.3 times per contest (162nd in the country) and they are giving up possession 12.8 times per contest. Mississippi State has scored 2,075 pts this season (71.6 per contest) and they average 36.0 boards per contest. When it comes to offense, the Bulldogs are connecting on 45.9% from the floor, which ranks them 84th in the nation.
The Bulldogs on the defensive end are ranked 89th in college basketball in points allowed per game with 66.2. They are forcing their opponents into 13.3 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 43.0% from the floor (171st in D-1). The Mississippi State defense concedes 31.8% on shots from beyond the arc (218 of 685) and their opponents are making 73.7% of their shots from the charity stripe. They surrender 13.4 dimes and 30.4 total rebounds per game, which ranks them 247th and 21st in college basketball.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Mississippi State
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