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Utah vs Mississippi State Pick & Preview: Wednesday, November 23rd Betting Odds
Runnin’ Utes vs Bulldogs Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Utah Runnin’ Utes at Mississippi State Bulldogs
- Where: Fort Myers at Suncoast Credit Union Arena
- Date: Wednesday, November 23rd
- Betting Odds: Utah +5, UTAH +177 | MSPST -223 O/U 126.5
Runnin’ Utes Preview:
Utah will take the floor against the Bulldogs with an overall record of 4-1. On the road, the Runnin’ Utes will be playing their 1st game of the season, having gone 1-0. When looking at the betting lines, Utah will be the betting underdog for the first time this season. Coming into the game, they are +5 point underdogs on the spread. Last season, the team went 1-14 as the betting underdog.
Branden Carlson comes into today’s game as the Runnin’ Utes’ leading scorer at 15.6 points per contest. Not only has Carlson been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Utah’s top rebounder at 7.8 boards per contest. Behind Carlson, the team has benefited from the strong play of Gabe Madsen who is second on the team in scoring at 13.6 points per game. Overall, he has hit 38.8% of his shots and is adding 4.4 boards per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Utah this season, as they are currently ranked 247th in college basketball at 69.7 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Runnin’ Utes’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.5%, placing them 289th in the NCAA.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs will look to maintain their perfect record in today’s game vs Utah, as they currently have a mark of 5-0. This will be the team’s 6th straight game at home this year. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Bulldogs as the -5 point favorites. The Bulldogs have been favored 5 times, going 5-0 straight up.
Tolu Smith comes into today’s game as the Bulldogs’ leading scorer at 15.6 points per contest. Not only has Smith been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Mississippi State’s top rebounder at 10.0 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 9.2 points per game. Overall, he has hit 37.0% of his shots and is adding 5.2 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 that 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: Mississippi State Bulldogs -5
Heading into this matchup, our NCAA betting model has identified this game as a profitable opportunity and recommends taking the Mississippi State Bulldogs to pick up the win and cover the spread as -5 point betting favorites. Although Mississippi State as a team is just 127th in overall shooting percentage, we see their offense putting together a strong performance against the Runnin’ Utes’ defense. At -5 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Bulldogs to come out on top and cover.
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