Mississippi State Bulldogs vs South Carolina Gamecocks Prediction, 3/10/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Mississippi State Bulldogs vs South Carolina Gamecocks
Date: Thursday, March 10, 2022
Location: Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL
Amalie Arena is where the South Carolina Gamecocks (18-12) will compete against the Mississippi State Bulldogs (17-14) on Thursday.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs took the court against Texas A&M and took a loss by a final of 67-64 in their last game. In relation to fouls, the Bulldogs left the arena with 20 and Texas A&M accumulated 18 fouls. They made 6 out of their 19 tries from long range. Texas A&M finished the contest at 70.8% at the free throw line by converting 17 of 24 shots. Moreover, Texas A&M totaled 28 rebounds (8 offensive, 20 defensive), but didn't record a block for the team. Texas A&M totaled 12 assists and had 9 steals in the matchup. With regard to defense, Mississippi State let their opponent shoot 43.1% from the field on 22 out of 51 shooting. They also doled out 15 assists in this matchup in addition to creating 12 turnovers and getting 8 steals. When it comes to hauling in rebounds, they compiled 30 with 11 of them being on the offensive end. From the charity stripe, the Bulldogs buried 15 of their 22 tries for a percentage of 68.2%. Mississippi State walked away from the game with a 46.2% field goal percentage (24 of 52) and knocked down 1 of their 4 3-pointers.
Tolu Smith is one player who was a factor for this contest. He ended up scoring 18 points on 8 out of 8 shooting. He played 29 minutes and collected 6 rebounds. He finished 100.0% from the field and earned 2 dimes.
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Mississippi State will enter this matchup with a mark of 17-14 on the season. They are averaging 71.2 points per outing (172nd in college basketball) while going 45.7% from the floor. The Bulldogs are shooting 29.3% on three-point shots (144 of 491) and 71.9% from the charity stripe. As a team, Mississippi State is pulling in 36.3 boards per game and has 416 dimes so far this year, which has them ranked 131st in Division 1 in terms of passing the rock. They are turning it over 13.1 times per contest and as a team they commit 15.7 personal fouls every game.
On the defensive end, the Bulldogs are forcing 13.3 turnovers every game while drawing 16.9 fouls. They surrender 32.1% on 3-point attempts and they are 109th in Division 1 in opponents PPG (66.7). The Bulldogs defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 43.1% (739 of 1,716) and they concede 30.5 rebounds per game as a group. They are currently ranked 266th in Division 1 in allowing assists with 420 surrendered for the campaign.
The last time they took the court, the South Carolina Gamecocks took a defeat with a final score of 82-71 when they played Auburn. The Gamecocks earned 25 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive boards for a total of 36 in this game. They coughed it up 16 times, while getting 9 steals for the matchup. Auburn had 16 personal fouls in the matchup which took the Gamecocks to the charity stripe for 19 attempts. They were able to convert 13 of those for a clip of 68.4%. In relation to 3-point attempts, South Carolina converted 8 of their 25 tries (32.0%). When the final whistle blew, the Gamecocks finished the game shooting 25 out of 64 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 39.1%. The Gamecocks allowed Auburn to make 26 of their 63 tries from the field which gave them a percentage of 41.3% for the contest. They finished the game shooting 43.5% from beyond the perimeter by connecting on 10 out of 23 and walked away from this one shooting 20 out of 26 from the charity stripe (76.9%). In the matter of team rebounding, South Carolina permitted Auburn to collect 36 in total (9 on the offensive glass).
James Reese V was important for the Gamecocks in this matchup. He had 18 points in his 36 minutes on the court and had 1 assist in this game. He buried 6 out of 10 in the game for a rate of 60.0%, but wrapped this game up without a rebound.
South Carolina has a record of 18-12 this year. As an offense, the Gamecocks are shooting 42.8% from the floor, which has them ranked 257th in the nation. South Carolina has accumulated 2,149 pts for the season (71.6 per game) and they collect 38.3 rebounds per game. They are dishing out assists 14.2 times per game (103rd in college basketball) and they are turning it over 15.1 times per game. The Gamecocks have committed 19.4 fouls every game while shooting 67.4% from the free throw line.
The South Carolina defense surrenders 32.1% on 3-point attempts (201 of 627) and opponents are making 69.9% of their foul shots. They surrender 13.1 dimes and 35.9 boards on a nightly basis, which ranks 222nd and 252nd in D-1. The Gamecocks on the defensive end are ranked 206th in college hoops in PPG given up with 70.2. They are forcing their opponents into 15.5 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 41.3% from the floor (74th in college basketball).
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Tony Sink's Pick: Take Mississippi State
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