Mississippi St. vs. Tennessee Prediction
Will No. 8 Tennessee be able to avoid an upset bid by Mississippi State when the two teams meet up tonight at 9PM ET in the SEC Tournament?
821 Mississippi State vs. 822 Tennessee
Friday, March 15, 2019
9PM ET – Bridgestone Arena
TV: SEC Network
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, Tennessee is favored in this game, as the Volunteers are getting odds of -5.5 points against Mississippi State. The over/under total is listed at 145.5 points. The public betting currently has 80 percent going on Tennessee as the favorite. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Bulldogs roll past A&M
Mississippi State is the 6 seed in this tournament this weekend and the Bulldogs had an impressive 80-54 win over Texas A&M last night. Mississippi State is 23-9 on the season, 11-8 in SEC games, 4-1 on a neutral floor, 17-15 against the spread and 17-15 with the under.
The Bulldogs are a strong offensive team, averaging 77.4 points per game while shooting 47.3 percent as a team. Defensively, Mississippi State is giving up 69.7 points per game while opponents shoot 43.4 percent against them. Quinndary Weatherspoon is leading the team with 18.3 points and 4.8 rebounds per game while Lamar Peters adds 11.6 points and 5.2 assists per contest.
Volunteers coming off loss
Tennessee is the 3 seed in this tournament. The Vols are coming off an 84-80 loss at Auburn and they are just 2-6 against the spread in their last eight. Tennessee sits 27-4 on the season, 15-3 in SEC games, 2-1 on a neutral floor, 15-14-1 against the spread and 16-14 with the over.
The Vols have been very strong on both sides of the ball. They are averaging 82.3 points per game while shooting 49.9 percent as a team. Defensively, Tennessee is giving up 67.6 points per game while holding opponents to just 39.3 percent shooting. Grant Williams is averaging 19.3 points and 7.7 rebounds per game to lead the team while Admiral Schofield is adding 16.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per contest.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Bulldogs have covered the spread in nine straight Friday games and in four straight following a win.
The Vols are 2-6 ATS in their last eight SEC games and 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 Friday games.
Tennessee hammered Mississippi State in the only meeting, which was just 10 days ago. The Vols won 71-54 as an 8-point favorite. Mississippi State just doesn’t have the capability to keep pace with Tennessee in a shootout and the Vols also have the better defense by a noticeable margin. Mississippi State has done a good job of beating the bad teams in the SEC, but they haven’t been able to best the top-tier teams.
College Basketball Prediction: Tennessee -5.5