Mississippi State vs. Cincinnati Pick
Can No. 25 Cincinnati hand Mississippi State its first loss of the season and also cover the spread when the two meet up tonight at 7PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Cincinnati is favored at home, as the Bearcats are getting odds of -11.5 points against Mississippi State. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 139.5 points. Tonight’s game takes place from BB&T Arena in Highland Heights, Kentucky and will air live on ESPN2.
Mississippi State is off to an 8-0 start to the season, but all eight games have been at home. The Bulldogs are just 1-3 against the spread this season and have played a pretty light schedule to this point. Mississippi State is putting up 76.4 points per game on offense this season while allowing 61.9 points per contest. The Bulldogs are led by Tyson Carter, who is averaging 14 points per game. Quinndary Weatherspoon is adding 13.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.6 assists per contest.
Cincinnati is coming off back-to-back losses to Xavier and Florida to fall to 7-2 on the season. The Bearcats are 3-4 against the spread and have failed to cover in their last three games. Cincinnati is averaging 83.4 points per game on offense while allowing just 61.8 points per contest. Cincinnati is being led by Gary Clark, who is averaging 13.2 points and 8.6 rebounds per game while Jacob Evans is adding 13.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists per contest.
Cincinnati has won two straight meetings with Mississippi State, covering the spread in both contests. Cincinnati is also 7-2 against the spread in their last nine home games. Mississippi State has started 8-0, but the Bulldogs have yet to hit the road and face a team the caliber of Cincinnati. Mississippi State is 2-6 against the spread in its last eight games. The public betting is backing Cincinnati slightly, but I think the Bearcats will be able to overwhelm the Bulldogs.
CBB DAILY PREDICTION: CINCINNATI -11.5