Kentucky Wildcats vs Mississippi State Bulldogs Prediction, 2/15/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Kentucky Wildcats vs Mississippi State Bulldogs
Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2023
Location: Humphrey Coliseum in Starkville, MS
Humphrey Coliseum is where the Mississippi State Bulldogs (17-8) will play the Kentucky Wildcats (16-9) on Wednesday.
The Kentucky Wildcats took the court against Georgia and went home with a loss by a final score of 75-68 in their last game. In the matter of fouls, the Wildcats ended up with 23 while Georgia recorded 16 fouls. They buried 6 of their 19 attempts from 3-point land. Georgia finished the game shooting 86.2% at the free throw line by knocking down 25 of their 29 shots. In addition, Georgia had 32 rebounds (5 offensive, 27 defensive), but wasn't able to record a rejection. Georgia recorded 13 dimes and had 3 steals for this contest. When talking about defense, Kentucky allowed their opponent to shoot 40.7% from the field on 22 out of 54 shooting. They also recorded 17 dimes in this game as well as forcing 6 turnovers and earning 1 steal. When talking about hauling in boards, they earned 37 with 13 of them being of the offensive sort. From the charity stripe, the Wildcats converted 11 of their 13 shots for a rate of 84.6%. Kentucky ended having earned a 38.5% field goal percentage (25 out of 65) and made 7 out of their 20 shots from beyond the arc.
Antonio Reeves is a player who was a major contributor for the game. He finished 38.1% from the floor but had no dimes when the game ended. He saw the court for 40 minutes played and totaled 6 boards. He totaled 20 points on 8 of 21 shooting.
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Kentucky steps onto the hardwood with a mark of 16-9 for the year. They are turning it over 11.4 times per game and as a team they are committing 15.7 fouls per game. As a team, Kentucky is pulling down 38.2 rebounds per game and has accounted for 397 assists so far this season, which is 45th in the nation in terms of passing. The Wildcats are hitting 36.6% on shots from distance (170 of 465) and 69.5% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 74.8 points per outing (115th in Division 1) while hitting 45.6% from the field.
On the defensive end of the court, the Wildcats have forced 11.7 turnovers per contest while drawing 16.3 personal fouls. They are ranked 107th in college basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 297 relinquished for the year. The Wildcats defensively are giving up an opponent FG percentage of 43.3% (613 of 1,417) and they surrender 30.9 boards per game as a unit. They concede 33.3% on shots from beyond the arc and they are ranked 130th in college basketball in points per game allowed (68.0).
When they last stepped on the court, the Mississippi State Bulldogs walked away with a victory by a final of 70-64 when they faced Arkansas. The Bulldogs were able to collect 21 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive rebounds totaling 30 in this contest. They also turned it over 10 times, while getting 5 steals in the game. Arkansas was called for 16 personal fouls for the matchup which got the Bulldogs to the free throw line for a total of 16 shots. They were able to make 10 of them for a percentage of 62.5%. When talking about shots from distance, Mississippi State buried 6 of 10 attempts (60.0%). When the final whistle blew, the Bulldogs went 27 for 57 from the field which gave them a rate of 47.4%. The Bulldogs permitted Arkansas to make 21 out of their 48 tries from the floor which had them shooting 43.8% for the matchup. They finished 22.2% from behind the 3-point line by shooting 4 of 18 and walked away from this one shooting 18 of 26 from the free throw line (69.2%). When it comes to cleaning the glass, Mississippi State allowed Arkansas to grab 31 in total (8 on the offensive glass).
Dashawn Davis ended up being a factor for the Bulldogs for the game. He buried 6 of 11 for this game for a rate of 54.5%, but wasn't able to grab a rebound. He earned 17 points in his 26 mins on the hardwood and tallied 2 dimes for the matchup.
Mississippi State has a record of 17-8 on the season. The Bulldogs have committed 14.7 personal fouls per game and they connect on 62.4% from the charity stripe. They are getting an assist 14.6 times per contest (85th in college hoops) and they cough up possession 12.5 times per game. Mississippi State has scored 1,641 pts on the year (65.6 per contest) and they pull in 37.5 boards per contest. When it comes to executing on offense, the Bulldogs are shooting 42.2% from the floor, which is 304th in college basketball.
The Bulldogs are ranked 5th in college hoops in points given up per game with 58.7. They are forcing 15.4 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 38.8% from the field (9th in D-1). The Mississippi State defense gives up 30.6% on three-point shots (179 of 585) and opponents are connecting on 72.0% of their free throw shots. They have conceded 11.9 assists and 33.6 boards per contest, which ranks them 115th and 155th in D-1.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Mississippi State
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