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Missouri vs Mississippi State Pick & Preview: Saturday, February 4th Betting Odds
Tigers vs Bulldogs Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Missouri Tigers at Mississippi State Bulldogs
- Where: Starkville at Humphrey Coliseum
- Date: Saturday, February 4th
- Betting Odds: Missouri +4, MISSR +152 | MSPST -187 O/U 139.5
Heading into today’s matchup vs Mississippi State, the Missouri Tigers will be taking the floor for the 23rd time this season and have an overall record of 17-5. On the road, the Tigers will be playing their 6th game of the season, having gone 3-3. So far, the Tigers have been the underdog 8 times, going 3-5 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +4 underdogs on the spread.
Kobe Brown comes into today’s game as the Tigers’ leading scorer at 16.48 points per contest. Not only has Brown been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Missouri’s top rebounder at 6.0 boards per contest. Behind Brown, the team has benefited from the strong play of D’Moi Hodge, who is second on the team in scoring at 14.32 points per game. Overall, he has hit 47.6% of his shots and is adding 3.73 boards per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Missouri this season, as they are currently ranked 369th in college basketball at 65.5 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Tigers’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 28.1%, placing them 514th in the NCAA.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs will be looking to pick up their 23rd win of the season and are in the middle of a 2 game win streak. So far this season, Mississippi State has played 16 games at home, sitting with a record of 12-4. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Bulldogs as the -4 point favorites. The Bulldogs have been favored 16 times, going 13-3 straight up.
Tolu Smith comes into today’s game as the Bulldogs’ leading scorer at 14.45 points per contest. Not only has Smith been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Mississippi State’s top rebounder at 8.23 boards per contest. Behind Smith, the team has benefited from the strong play of D.J Jeffries, who is second on the team in scoring at 8.77 points per game. Overall, he has hit 32.2% of his shots and is adding 5.91 boards per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Mississippi State this season, as they are currently ranked 209th in college basketball at 70.9 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Bulldogs’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 29.5%, placing them 479th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Missouri Tigers +4
Our NCAA basketball betting model has identified this game as an excellent opportunity to take the Missouri Tigers to cover the spread as the +4 point betting underdogs. Throughout the game, look for both Missouri and Mississippi State to focus on working the ball inside, as the team’s are ranked 605th and 556th, respectively in made 3’s per game. We see this primarily benefiting the Tigers, who have been a profitable school to bet on vs the spread on the road. In Missouri’s last 10 games on the road, they are 6-4 vs the spread. In this spot, we like the Tigers to cover.