Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. Alabama Crimson Tide Free Prediction 01/08/20

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The Mississippi State Bulldogs (9-4, 0-1 SEC) will be at Coleman Coliseum to clash against the Alabama Crimson Tide (7-6, 0-1 SEC) in a SEC matchup. The game starts at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, and will air on SEC Network.

Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. Alabama Crimson Tide Betting Odds

Both teams were beaten in their last outing. The Crimson Tide fell to the Florida Gators, 104-98, while the Bulldogs were defeated by the eighth-ranked Auburn Tigers, 80-68.

Mississippi State had a better offensive rebounding percentage (39.1 vs. 36.4) while Alabama had a turnover percentage of 11.7 (better than their season average of 18.6). Alabama’s Kira Lewis Jr. had a solid performance, recording 17 points and six rebounds. Mississippi State was lifted by Reggie Perry, who put up 21 points and 12 rebounds.

This was a highly contested series last year. Each won one of the two games played against each other last season. The Bulldogs won the most recent matchup 81-62. The Bulldogs’ turnover percentage was their biggest strength over the Crimson Tide. Mississippi State had a rate of 15.0, while Alabama posted a mark of 24.2. This will be the first meeting of the year between these two teams.

It will be a battle of contrasting styles as the up-and-down Crimson Tide will look to push the more grind-it-out Bulldogs. The Crimson Tide rank fifth in possessions per game while the Bulldogs are 321st.

Mississippi State vs. Alabama Odds Pick

Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Mississippi State, ATS Winner – Mississippi State, O/U – Under

Betting Notes:

  • Alabama ranks sixth in three pointers attempted per game (30.5) while Mississippi State ranks 266th (17.2).
  • The Bulldogs rank 111th in steals per game (6.7) while the Crimson Tide rank 198th in steals allowed per game (9.1).
  • Mississippi State averages 14.1 assists per game, which ranks 94th in the NCAA. Alabama ranks 110th in assists allowed per game (12.3).
  • The Bulldogs rank 21st in rebounds allowed per game (30.5) while the Crimson Tide rank 249th (38.9).
  • Mississippi State averages 5.5 blocks per game, which ranks 16th in the nation. Alabama ranks 137th in blocks allowed per game (4.1).

Bettings Trends:

  • During their last five games, the Crimson Tide have scored an average of 91.2 points per game (7.3 above their season average) and allowed an average of 82.8 points per game (3.1 above their season average).
  • The Bulldogs’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 5.0, down from 8.2 for the season.