Vanderbilt Commodores vs Mississippi State Bulldogs Prediction, 2/26/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Vanderbilt Commodores vs Mississippi State Bulldogs
Date: Saturday, February 26, 2022
Location: Humphrey Coliseum in Starkville, MS
The Vanderbilt Commodores (14-13) are en route to Humphrey Coliseum on Saturday where they will play the Mississippi State Bulldogs (16-12).
The Vanderbilt Commodores played Alabama and ended up losing by a score of 74-72 in their last contest. Vanderbilt ended the game having earned a 35.8% FG percentage (19 out of 53) and made 7 out of their 21 3-point attempts. When they shot from the free throw line, the Commodores knocked down 27 of their 36 tries for a rate of 75.0%. With regard to hauling in boards, they earned 33 with 11 of them being of the offensive variety. They also dished out 10 assists in the game as well as forcing the opposition into 18 turnovers and earning 12 steals. When discussing the defense, Vanderbilt let their opponent shoot 37.9% from the floor on 22 of 58 shooting. Alabama distributed 13 assists and had 8 steals for the matchup. In addition, Alabama collected 39 rebounds (13 offensive, 26 defensive), but wrapped up the game with no rejections. Alabama finished shooting 88.0% at the free throw line by burying 22 of their 25 attempts. They also converted 8 out of their 28 shots from distance. When talking about fouls, the Commodores ended up finishing with 21 and Alabama totaled 25 fouls.
Scotty Pippen is a guy who was a major contributor in this contest. He shot 38.5% from the field and also distributed 6 assists. He played for 36 mins and pulled down 2 boards. He was able to score 26 points on 5 out of 13 shooting.
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Vanderbilt enters this matchup with a win-loss mark of 14-13 this season. They are averaging 69.4 pts per game (230th in the country) while connecting on 41.7% from the floor. The Commodores are hitting 32.8% on shots from 3-point land (217 of 662) and 69.3% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Vanderbilt is snagging 34.1 rebounds per contest and has accumulated 294 assists so far this year, which is 301st in the country in terms of passing the ball. They turn it over 13.6 times per game and as a team they commit 18.1 personal fouls on a nightly basis.
On the defensive end, the Commodores are forcing their opponents into 15.2 turnovers every game while drawing 20.2 fouls. They currently rank 192nd in D-1 in allowing assists with 344 surrendered for the season. The Commodores defense is allowing a field goal percentage of 41.9% (623 of 1,487) and they relinquish 35.4 rebounds per game as a team. They are conceding 30.2% on 3-point shots and they are 118th in college basketball in PPG from their opponents (66.9).
When they last played, the Mississippi State Bulldogs walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 66-56 when they faced South Carolina. The Bulldogs recorded 16 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive boards totaling 26 in this contest. They gave up possession of the ball 13 times, while getting 10 steals in this contest. South Carolina was called for 17 personal fouls for the contest which got the Bulldogs to the free throw line for 26 attempts. They were able to convert 18 of the free throw tries for a rate of 69.2%. In relation to shooting from distance, Mississippi State buried 0 out of 14 attempts (0.0%). When the final whistle blew, the Bulldogs finished 19 out of 53 from the floor which gave them a rate of 35.8%. The Bulldogs allowed South Carolina to bury 25 of 57 attempts from the field which gave them a percentage of 43.9% in this game. They finished 28.6% from three-point range by shooting 6 out of 21 and finished the contest at 10 of 11 from the free throw line (90.9%). Regarding how they cleaned up the glass, Mississippi State allowed South Carolina to grab 31 in total (12 offensive).
Tolu Smith pitched in for the Bulldogs in the game. He recorded 21 points in his 30 minutes on the hardwood, but wasn't able to get an assist. He buried 8 out of 13 for this game for a field goal percentage of 61.5%, and earned 2 rebounds.
Mississippi State has a record of 16-12 on the campaign. When it comes to offense, the Bulldogs are connecting on 45.8% from the floor, which ranks them 84th in college hoops. Mississippi State has totaled 2,001 pts for the year (71.5 per contest) and they pull down 36.2 rebounds per game. Their rate of earning assists is at 13.3 times per contest (163rd in college hoops) and they turn it over 12.8 times per game. The Bulldogs commit 15.4 personal fouls every game and they hit 72.4% from the free throw line.
The Mississippi State defense allows 31.9% from downtown (209 of 656) and their opponents are converting on 73.8% of their shots from the free throw line. They have allowed 13.2 assists and 30.4 boards per contest, which is 231st and 17th in those categories. The Bulldogs on defense are ranked 91st in college basketball in PPG given up with 66.1. They have forced 13.1 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 42.8% from the field (171st in Division 1).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Mississippi State
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