LSU Tigers vs. Mississippi St. Bulldogs
The LSU Tigers and the Mississippi State Bulldogs face off on Saturday in Baton Rouge in a SEC college basketball match up. The Tigers are -11.5 point favorites over the Bulldogs with an over/under point total set at 133.
The LSU Tigers are quietly playing solid basketball and have won four of their last five games. LSU is 5-6 in the SEC, 11-2 at home this season, and they are tied for eighth place in the conference standings. As a team LSU is averaging 70.1 points, 14.2 assists, and they are shooting 42.3 percent while defensively they are allowing 66.5 points, 10.3 assists, and their opponents are shooting 40.3 percent. Johnny O’Bryant is averaging 13.2 points and 8.6 rebounds, Anthony Hickey is averaging 11.8 points, and Shavon Coleman is averaging 11 points and 7.0 rebounds. LSU is surging and with a strong finish they could end up being part of March Madness.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs are one of the worst teams in a major college basketball conference this season and they seem to be only getting worse. MSU is 2-9 in the SEC, tied for 13th place in the conference standings, and they are 1-7 on the road this year. As a team Mississippi State is averaging 60.3 points, 9.9 assists, and they are shooting 40.3 percent while defensively they are allowing 68.6 points, 14.3 assists, and their opponents are shooting 43.6 percent. Fred Thomas is averaging 10.2 points, Craig Sword is averaging 9.5 points, and Gavin Ware and Roquez Johnson are averaging 8.9 points each. This season is turning into a series of beat downs for Mississippi State.
LSU s 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games overall, 2-5 against the spread in their last seven home games, and 0-4 against the spread against a team with a losing record. Mississippi State is 8-21-1 against the spread against the SEC, 4-11 against the spread in their last 15 road games, and -5 against the spread following a double-digit home loss. The underdog is 5-0-1 against the spread in the last six meetings of these two.
Mississippi State has been horrible and there is just no way I can take them here.
LSU Tigers -11.5 Mississippi St. Rebels