The Mississippi State Bulldogs (9-5, 0-2 SEC) head to LSU to take on the Tigers (10-4, 2-0 SEC) in what should be a high-scoring game. Action gets underway at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 11, 2020, and it can be seen on ESPN.
Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. LSU Tigers ATS Preview
The last time the Bulldogs played, they were blown out by the Alabama Crimson Tide, 90-69. Nick Weatherspoon had a solid performance for Mississippi State, leading both teams in scoring with 20 points on 7-for-14 shooting. Alabama did a terrific job of converting from the free throw line (24-34; 70.6 percent). Mississippi State, meanwhile, had a better offensive rebounding percentage (31.9 vs. 30.3).
The Tigers hope to keep it rolling after edging the Arkansas Razorbacks in their last game, 79-77. Darius Days was a key piece for LSU with 16 points and 16 rebounds. The Tigers had an extraordinary offensive rebounding percentage of 52.3 (above their season average of 33.7) and had a free throw rate of 0.318 (above their season average of 0.225).
It might turn into a shootout as a pair of the NCAA’s top offenses battle. LSU ranks 14th with 113.1 points per 100 possessions and Mississippi State is 60th (109.2). Furthermore, the Bulldogs are among the NCAA’s elite at getting to the line, ranking 36th in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.278). The Tigers, meanwhile, rank 42nd in opponents’ FTA rate (0.164).
This is the first time these teams will clash this year, after the Tigers won the lone game last season, 92-88. The Tigers dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a ridiculous offensive rebounding percentage of 39.4 and a turnover percentage of 18.5. The Bulldogs were 31.3 and 20.6, respectively, for those same stats.
Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. LSU Tigers Prediction
College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Lsu, ATS Winner – Mississippi State, O/U – Over
The Tigers rank 113th in steals per game (6.7) while the Bulldogs rank 130th in steals allowed per game (7.0).
LSU ranks 199th in three pointers attempted per game (19.6) while Mississippi State ranks 256th (17.0).
The Tigers rank 37th in rebounds per game (39.8) while the Bulldogs rank 83rd (38.0).
Mississippi State averages 5.3 blocks per game, which ranks 22nd in the nation. LSU ranks 44th in blocks allowed per game (2.7).
The Tigers’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 4.0, down from 12.6 for the season.
During their last five games, the Bulldogs have scored an average of 72.4 points per game (0.5 below their season average) and allowed an average of 72.8 points per game (6.0 above their season average).