Tennessee Volunteers vs Mississippi State Bulldogs Prediction, 2/9/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Tennessee Volunteers vs Mississippi State Bulldogs
Date: Wednesday, February 9, 2022
Location: Humphrey Coliseum in Starkville, MS
Humphrey Coliseum is the site where the Mississippi State Bulldogs (14-8) will meet the Tennessee Volunteers (16-6) on Wednesday.
The Tennessee Volunteers played South Carolina and took home the win by a score of 81-57 in their last game. Tennessee wrapped up the contest having earned a 42.9% FG percentage (27 of 63) and knocked down 14 out of their 27 shots from beyond the perimeter. From the charity stripe, the Volunteers converted 13 of their 14 attempts for a rate of 92.9%. When discussing rebounding, they earned 33 with 7 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 18 assists in the matchup while forcing the opposition into 13 turnovers and getting 10 steals. In regard to defending, Tennessee let their opponent shoot 31.5% from the floor on 17 of 54 shooting. South Carolina doled out 11 assists and had 6 steals in this matchup. Furthermore, South Carolina totaled 28 rebounds (8 offensive, 20 defensive), but wrapped up the game with no rejections. South Carolina shot 85.7% from the free throw line by making 18 of their 21 tries. They knocked down 5 out of their 19 attempts from distance. Concerning personal fouls, the Volunteers walked away with 20 while South Carolina accumulated 14 personal fouls.
Josiah-Jordan James is one player who was a major factor in the matchup. He shot 50.0% from the field and also earned 2 assists. He was on the court for 36 minutes and pulled down 6 rebounds. He racked up 20 points on 7 out of 14 shooting.
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Tennessee comes into this matchup with a mark of 16-6 for the campaign. They are turning it over 12.7 times per contest and as a squad they are committing 16.6 fouls every game. As a team, Tennessee is pulling down 36.6 boards per contest and has racked up 374 dimes so far this season, which has them ranked 29th in the nation in terms of passing. The Volunteers are hitting 34.4% on shots beyond the perimeter (201 of 585) and 69.7% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 74.5 pts per contest (100th in the nation) while connecting on 43.7% from the field.
When they are on defense, the Volunteers are forcing their opponents into 17.4 turnovers per contest while drawing 17.4 fouls. They give up 32.8% on shots from downtown and they rank 33rd in college hoops in opponents PPG (63.0). The Volunteers are giving up a shooting percentage of 41.4% (492 of 1,187) and they relinquish 33.5 boards per contest as a group. They are 95th in Division 1 in giving up assists with 253 relinquished on the season.
In their last game, the Mississippi State Bulldogs took a defeat with a final score of 63-55 against Arkansas. In the matter of how they attacked the glass, Mississippi State permitted Arkansas to grab 36 overall (9 offensive). They finished 21.1% from downtown by going 4 of 19 and finished the game at 13 out of 22 from the free throw line (59.1%). The Bulldogs permitted Arkansas to bury 23 of 61 tries from the floor which gave them a rate of 37.7% for the game. When the final whistle blew, the Bulldogs shot 18 for 51 from the field which gave them a rate of 35.3%. Concerning shooting from 3-point land, Mississippi State converted 3 out of 12 tries (25.0%). They were able to bury 16 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 72.7%. Arkansas was called for 17 personal fouls in this contest which took the Bulldogs to the free throw line for a total of 22 shots. They gave up possession of the ball 12 times, while getting 2 steals for the contest. The Bulldogs recorded 27 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive boards totaling 33 in the game.
Garrison Brooks ended up being a factor for the Bulldogs in the matchup. He tallied 12 points in his 34 mins on the court, but went home with no dimes. He converted 5 of 9 for the matchup for a rate of 55.6%, and had 11 rebounds.
Mississippi State has a win-loss record of 14-8 this season. On the offensive side of the ball, the Bulldogs are hitting on 47.1% from the floor, which is 45th in college basketball. Mississippi State has accounted for 1,616 pts on the campaign (73.5 per game) and they grab 36.8 boards per contest. They are earning an assist 13.9 times per contest (132nd in the country) and they are turning it over 12.6 times per contest. The Bulldogs are responsible for committing 15.5 fouls per game and they go 72.6% from the free throw line.
The Bulldogs defensively are ranked 110th in college hoops in PPG given up with 66.4. They are able to force 13.0 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 43.1% from the field (192nd in college basketball). The Mississippi State defense allows 33.3% on shots from behind the 3-point line (174 of 522) and their opponents are converting on 71.9% of their shots from the free throw line. They have given up 13.3 dimes and 29.4 total rebounds per game, which has them ranked 230th and 8th in Division 1.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Tennessee
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