CBB Betting Preview Missouri Tigers vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs – February 18th, 2022

On Friday night at Coleman Coliseum, the Mississippi State Bulldogs will try to snap a four-game losing streak when they visit the Missouri Tigers, who have lost two of their last eight games. Missouri is having a difficult season; with a record of 10-15 (4-8 SEC), they took a 76-57 loss to the No. 23 Arkansas Razorbacks on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Mississippi State fell to No. 25 Alabama Crimson Tide 80-75 on Wednesday, dropping to 14-11 (5-7 SEC) on the season. 

Missouri Tigers Betting Preview: Missouri Outscored by 125 points in Last Four Games

The Tigers had been a touch more competitive recently, even if it hadn’t translated into a lot of wins, but the wheels came off on Tuesday when they didn’t stand a chance against a red-hot Arkansas team at home. Halftime effectively decided the game, with Arkansas leading 46-27. Missouri never led in the game, with the Razorbacks putting together an early 15-0 run.

Trevon Brazile had eight points and eight rebounds, while Javon Pickett led the Tigers with 13 points. Arkansas was 11/21 from the three-point range, while the Tigers shot 36.8% from the field and 5/17 from the three-point range. 

Missouri’s offense isn’t very impressive, ranking 302nd in the country with 66 points per game on 50.1 percent shooting from two and 28.5 percent from three. Missouri’s defense has only improved somewhat, allowing 70.6 points per game on 48.9% two-point shooting and 36% from beyond the arc. 

Kobe Brown is the clear leader of the Tiger’s squad and is having a fantastic season, averaging 12.6 points, eight rebounds, and 1.4 steals per game. Pickett averages ten points a game, while Jarron Coleman, who transferred in from Ball State, contributes nine points and three assists per game.

 

Mississippi State Bulldogs Betting Preview: Dogs Searching For Win at Home

The story of Mississippi State’s season could have been very different if the results of several close games against ranked teams had gone the other way, the latest of which came Wednesday at Alabama. After a tight first 30 minutes of the game, Mississippi State went up 64-57 with 7:45 to go thanks to a 12-2 run, only for Alabama to close out the night with an 18-2 run of its own.

D.J. Jeffries contributed 15 points and six rebounds to lead the Bulldogs, while Iverson Molinar had 22 points, four assists, and three steals. The Bulldogs played excellent defense, but they only shot 36.1 percent from the floor, including 6/21 from three-point range. 

Mississippi State’s offense has been a mixed bag, averaging 72.8 points per game on 52.8 percent shooting from the two-point line and 32.7 percent from beyond the arc. The Bulldogs have a better scoring defense than its opponents, allowing 67.2 points per game, despite opponents shooting 51.3 percent from two and 32.7 percent from three. 

Molinar is third in the SEC in scoring with 18.2 points per game and 3.9 steals per game. Tolu Smith averages 11.9 points and six rebounds per game while shooting 57 percent from the field despite missing time due to several injuries. North Carolina transfer Garrison Brooks averages 11.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.

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Betting Odds and Lines

MyBookie has the Mississippi State Bulldogs listed as the -11 point home favorite, while the total number of points is at 134.5 in the latest odds. 

Free Betting Pick

Mississippi State is a solid squad that will take advantage of an opportunity to beat a beatable opponent at home, despite its inability to get over the hump against good competition. Missouri has struggled on both sides of the ball this year, and they have been outscored by 125 points in their last four contests. 

There aren’t many things to cheer about for Missouri, as the Tigers rank 255th or lower in effective field goal % on both sides of the ball, thanks to some terrible numbers on the perimeter. Defensive rebounding has also been a concern, which creates a matchup dilemma versus Mississippi State, which ranks 30th nationally in offensive rebounding. Moreover. The Tigers are 3-6 ATS as an away team, and I don’t think they come close in this one. 

BetUSASports Free Pick: Mississippi State Bulldogs -11

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