The Saint Mary’s Gaels (3-1) challenge the 15th-ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs (3-1) in the MGM Resorts Main Event Heavyweight at T-Mobile Arena. The game starts at 11 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 21, 2018.
Saint Mary’s Gaels vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs ATS Odds
Both teams lost in their last matchup. The Bulldogs fell to the Arizona State Sun Devils, 72-67, while the Gaels were defeated by the Utah State Aggies, 80-63.
Saint Mary’s had a better turnover percentage (13.0 vs. 17.3) while Mississippi State had a better turnover percentage (12.0 vs. 15.4). Aric Holman played a pivotal role for Mississippi State with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Saint Mary’s was lifted by Malik Fitts, who recorded 14 points and seven rebounds.
Getting to the line might be rare for Mississippi State in this contest. Dating back to the 2017-18 season, the Bulldogs rank 282nd in the nation with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.208, while Saint Mary’s ranks 14th in FTA rate allowed (0.180). Additionally, the second-ranked offense of the Gaels (offensive efficiency of 120.8) will clash against the 45th-ranked defense of the Bulldogs (defensive efficiency of 98.3).
Saint Mary’s Gaels vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs Pick
Prediction: SU Winner – Mississippi State, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2017-Present):
- Mississippi State ranks eighth in blocks per game (5.4) while Saint Mary’s ranks 249th (2.5).
- The Bulldogs rank 126th in rebounds per game (36.4) while the Gaels rank 256th (33.7).
- The Bulldogs rank 75th in steals per game (7.0) while the Gaels rank 270th (4.8).
- Saint Mary’s ranks ninth in three pointers allowed per game (17.3) while Mississippi State ranks 157th (21.8).