Mississippi State Bulldogs vs Minnesota Golden Gophers Prediction, 12/11/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Mississippi State Bulldogs vs Minnesota Golden Gophers
Date: Sunday, December 11, 2022
Location: Williams Arena in Minneapolis, MN
TV: Hulu Live TV
Williams Arena is the site where the Minnesota Golden Gophers (4-5) will take on the Mississippi State Bulldogs (8-0) on Sunday.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs faced off with MVSU and walked away with a win by a score of 82-52 in their last game. Mississippi State wrapped up the contest with a 47.7% FG percentage (31 of 65) and converted 6 of their 19 three-point shots. At the charity stripe, the Bulldogs converted 14 of 21 attempts for a rate of 66.7%. In the matter of grabbing boards, they collected 39 with 18 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 19 assists for the contest while creating 14 turnovers and earning 12 steals. In regard to defense, Mississippi State allowed 38.8% from the field on 19 of 49 shooting. MVSU distributed 12 dimes and had 5 steals for the game. Moreover, MVSU grabbed 22 rebounds (5 offensive, 17 defensive), but didn't record a block for the team. MVSU walked away from this one shooting 66.7% when shooting free throws by burying 6 of their 9 tries. They also made 8 of their 15 attempts from beyond the perimeter. In relation to fouls, the Bulldogs ended up with 11 and MVSU recorded 14 fouls.
Tolu Smith is someone who was a factor in the matchup. He finished shooting 66.7% from the floor and earned 1 assist. He was on the court for 22 minutes played and also collected 6 rebounds. He ended up scoring 24 points on 8 of 12 shooting.
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Mississippi State enters this one with a win-loss record of 8-0 this year. They cough up possession 10.9 times per contest and as a basketball team they commit 12.6 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Mississippi State is pulling down 43.4 rebounds per game and has earned 126 assists this season, which has them ranked 177th in D-1 in terms of passing the ball. The Bulldogs are shooting 30.1% on shots from distance (56 of 186) and 62.2% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 70.1 points per contest (229th in college basketball) while going 42.6% from the floor.
When they are on defense, the Bulldogs are forcing their opponents into 15.9 turnovers per contest while drawing 15.8 fouls. They are conceding 27.1% on 3-point shots while they are 2nd in the nation in PPG allowed (49.6). The Bulldogs defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 34.5% (147 of 426) and they surrender 32.5 rebounds per game as a group. They rank 25th in D-1 in allowing assists to the opposition with 83 relinquished so far this year.
When they last played, the Minnesota Golden Gophers took a loss by a final score of 89-75 when they faced Michigan. In reference to cleaning the glass, Minnesota allowed Michigan to get 38 in total (10 on the offensive side). They went 41.2% from beyond the arc via 7 of 17 and finished the game at 16 of 18 from the free throw line (88.9%). The Golden Gophers permitted Michigan to bury 33 out of their 65 attempts from the field which had them sitting at 50.8% in the game. When this game wrapped up, the Golden Gophers finished 27 out of 55 from the floor which had them shooting 49.1%. When talking about shots from distance, Minnesota converted 6 of 15 tries (40.0%). They were able to bury 15 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 62.5%. Michigan had 13 fouls for the matchup which got the Golden Gophers to the free throw line for a total of 24 attempts. They coughed it up 16 times, while getting 5 steals for the matchup. The Golden Gophers collected 25 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive boards totaling 33 in the matchup.
Ta'Lon Cooper ended up being a factor for the Golden Gophers for this contest. He made 4 of 9 for the game giving him a field goal percentage of 44.4%, and added 3 rebounds. He scored 16 points in his 30 minutes on the court and had 5 dimes for the game.
Minnesota has a win-loss mark of 4-5 for the campaign. The Golden Gophers have committed 15.2 personal fouls per contest and they shoot 55.9% from the charity stripe. They are assisting teammates 13.3 times per game (201st in college basketball) and they cough up possession 13.2 times per game. Minnesota has scored 580 pts so far this year (64.4 per contest) and they grab 35.1 rebounds per game. When it comes to executing on offense, the Golden Gophers are shooting 43.2% from the field, which ranks 247th in the nation.
The Golden Gophers on the defensive side of the court are 192nd in D-1 in points given up per game with 69.0. They are forcing 10.8 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 41.9% from the floor (149th in D-1). The Minnesota defense concedes 34.2% on shots from 3-point land (67 of 196) and opponents are converting on 70.4% of their free throw attempts. They have allowed 13.6 assists and 39.1 boards every game, which is ranked 255th and 345th in college hoops.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Mississippi State
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