Mississippi State Bulldogs vs Tennessee Volunteers Prediction, 1/3/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Mississippi State Bulldogs vs Tennessee Volunteers
Date: Tuesday, January 3, 2023
Location: Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, TN
TV: Youtube TV
The Tennessee Volunteers (11-2) will play the Mississippi State Bulldogs (11-2) at Thompson-Boling Arena on Tuesday.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs took the court against Alabama and took a loss by a score of 78-67 in their last game. When it comes to personal fouls, the Bulldogs walked away with 17 and Alabama totaled 25 personal fouls. They made 12 of 32 tries from beyond the perimeter. Alabama finished the game shooting 77.8% at the free throw line by burying 14 of their 18 tries. On top of that, Alabama had 39 rebounds (7 offensive, 32 defensive), but wasn't able to put a block in the stat sheet. Alabama dished out 17 assists and had 6 steals in this matchup. Pertaining to defense, Mississippi State let their opponent shoot 45.6% from the floor on 26 out of 57 shooting. They also recorded 14 dimes for this contest in addition to forcing the opposition into 17 turnovers and earning 9 steals. In regard to hauling in boards, they collected a total of 38 with 11 of them being on the offensive end. At the charity stripe, the Bulldogs buried 18 of their 36 attempts for a rate of 50.0%. Mississippi State walked away from the game with a 36.4% FG percentage (20 of 55) and made 9 of their 24 shots from distance.
D.J. Jeffries is one guy who was a major contributor for the contest. He finished 33.3% from the floor and recorded 1 assist. He was on the hardwood for 30 minutes and also snagged 15 rebounds. He ended up scoring 11 points on 3 out of 9 shooting.
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Mississippi State comes into this contest with a record of 11-2 for the year. They are turning it over 12.7 times per contest and as a basketball team they commit 13.7 personal fouls every game. As a team, Mississippi State is collecting 40.2 rebounds per game and is sitting with 201 dimes for the year, which ranks 147th in college hoops in terms of passing. The Bulldogs are shooting 31.1% on three-point attempts (88 of 283) and 64.8% from the free throw line. They average 68.2 points per outing (280th in the country) on 42.2% from the field.
On defense, the Bulldogs are forcing 16.1 turnovers every game while drawing 16.9 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 61st in the country in allowing assists to their opponents with 149 relinquished this season. The Bulldogs are giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 36.6% (259 of 707) and they surrender 33.4 boards per game as a unit. They are conceding 29.4% on three-point shots and they are ranked 5th in Division 1 in opponents PPG (54.5).
When they last played, the Tennessee Volunteers walked away with a victory by a final of 63-59 when they played Ole Miss. When talking about how they rebounded, Tennessee permitted Ole Miss to grab 25 in total (5 offensive). They shot 32.0% from three-point range by connecting on 8 out of 25 and ended up shooting 13 out of 18 from the free throw line (72.2%). The Volunteers allowed Ole Miss to make 19 of 51 tries from the field which had them at 37.3% in this contest. Overall, the Volunteers went 21 out of 49 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 42.9%. When it comes to shots from beyond the perimeter, Tennessee buried 3 of their 15 tries (20.0%). They were able to make 18 of the free throw tries for a rate of 69.2%. Ole Miss had 21 fouls in the matchup which took the Volunteers to the charity stripe for a total of 26 attempts. They also turned the ball over 12 times, while recording 8 steals for this game. The Volunteers corralled 22 defensive boards and 11 offensive boards for a total of 33 in this contest.
Santiago Vescovi was important for the Volunteers for the matchup. He made 8 of 14 for this contest giving him a field goal percentage of 57.1%, and accumulated 1 rebound. He racked up 22 points in his 37 minutes on the hardwood and accumulated 1 assist in the game.
Tennessee has a record of 11-2 this season. The Volunteers are responsible for committing 16.4 personal fouls every game and they go 71.4% from the charity stripe. They are dishing out assists 17.1 times per contest (19th in D-1) and they turn the ball over 13.8 times per game. Tennessee has scored 959 pts so far this season (73.8 per game) and they grab 41.5 boards per contest. As an offense, the Volunteers are connecting on 41.9% from the field, which has them ranked 301st in the nation.
The Tennessee defense concedes 21.2% on shots from distance (62 of 293) and opponents are converting on 74.6% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have given up 8.3 dimes and 32.9 total boards per game, which is ranked 6th and 106th in college basketball. The Volunteers on the defensive end are ranked 3rd in D-1 in PPG allowed with 53.2. They have forced 18.2 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 33.2% from the floor (2nd in college hoops).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Mississippi State
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