LSU vs. Mississippi State Pick
Will Mississippi State be able to handle being a favorite when it takes on LSU in the SEC Tournament tonight at 7PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Mississippi State is favored at home, as the Bulldogs are getting odds of -6 points against LSU. The over/under total for the game is listed at 155 points. Mississippi State won both meetings this season, each by double digits to cover the spread. These two meet from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.
These two concluded the regular season this past weekend with Mississippi State winning 88-76 at home. The Bulldogs are 15-15 on the season and 6-12 in the SEC and they come into this week as the 12th seed. They are 16-11 against the spread on the season and average 72.9 points per game on offense while allowing just 71.8 on defense. Quinndary Weatherspoon is leading the team with 16.6 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. Lamar Peters and Mario Kegler each average over 10 points per game as well.
LSU didn’t have much success this season, going 10-20 on the year with a 2-16 mark in the SEC. The Tigers were also just 11-17-1 against the spread. LSU averages 75.6 points per game on offense while giving up 83.1 on defense. When away from home, the Tigers gave up 89.2 points per contest. Antonio Blakeney averages 17.4 points and 4.8 rebounds per game to lead the team while Duop Reath adds 12.2 points and 6.4 boards.
Mississippi State dominated this series on both sides of the ball. LSU was just 29 of 72 shooting in the first meeting and 26 of 59 in the second. The Tigers just don’t have enough offense to make up for their awful defense. The Bulldogs have a good coach in Ben Howland. He will have his team ready to not overlook this poor LSU squad.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: MISSISSIPPI STATE -6