Arkansas vs. Mississippi State Pick
Will Mississippi State open up SEC play tonight with an upset win over No. 22 Arkansas when they meet at 9PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Arkansas is the slight favorite on the road, as the Razorbacks are getting odds of -2.5 points against Mississippi State. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 152.5 points. Tonight’s game is taking place from Humphrey Coliseum in Starkville, Mississippi and will air live on the SEC Network.
Arkansas is coming off a 95-93 OT win over Tennessee. The Razorbacks are on a six-game win streak right now to get to 11-2 on the season, 1-0 in the SEC and 9-4 against the spread. Arkansas has covered in five of its last six as well. The Razorbacks are averaging 90.4 points per game this season while giving up 74.6 per contest. Jaylen Barford is averaging 19.3 points per game to lead Arkansas while Daryl Macon is adding 16.7 points per contest.
Mississippi State is on a four-game winning streak right now against some rather weak opponents. The Bulldogs are 12-1 on the season, but just 2-6 against the spread. They have failed to cover in their last two lined games. Mississippi State is putting up 76.7 points per game on offense while allowing 62.7 per game on defense. Quinndary Weatherspoon is averaging 14.2 points and 6 rebounds per game while Aric Holman is adding 13.1 points and 7.3 rebounds per contest.
Mississippi State has won two straight meetings in this series, covering in both contests. The Bulldogs have had a cake schedule to this point and I think that will hurt them tonight. Arkansas has already won a tough conference game and has played some better competition this year. That should have them ready for whatever Mississippi State may offer. The public betting is slightly with Arkansas tonight and I agree.
CBB DAILY PREDICTION: ARKANSAS +2.5