Betting on today’s Wildcats and Bulldogs game? Catch the action at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT, as the Bulldogs hosts this showdown at 1:00 ET on ESPN2. The over/under for this non-conference contest is set at 129 points, with the Bulldogs being the favored team playing at home against the Wildcats.
NORTHWESTERN WILDCATS VS MISSISSIPPI STATE BULLDOGS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Northwestern Wildcats +4.5
This game will be played at Mohegan Sun Arena at 1:00 ET on Sunday, November 19th.
WHY BET THE NORTHWESTERN WILDCATS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 72-71 in favor of the Bulldogs.
- Even though we have Mississippi State winning straight-up, we like Northwestern at +4.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 129 points, and we like the over with a projected 143 points.
Will the Wildcats Find a Way to Win in Uncasville?
Northwestern is currently 4-0 after defeating Rhode Island by a score of 72-61. In their previous three road games, including last year, Northwestern has a record of 1-2. Prior to today’s game, Northwestern has a current ATS record of 1-2. Last season, Northwestern was 7-4 vs. the spread on the road. As they get ready for their first road game of the season, Northwestern’s ATS record stands at 1-2.
Northwestern comes in with an over/under record of 1-3-0 through four games, with their games averaging a combined 131.2 points per game so far. The Wildcats’ have recorded an over/under record of 1-2 in their last three games, with their games averaging 68 points per game.
In their recent game, the Wildcats’ offense concluded with 72 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 69.5 points per contest. Leading Northwestern in scoring vs. Rhode Island was Brooks Barnhizer with his 18 points. Boo Buie also added 16 points for the Wildcats.
Northwestern’s defense has been playing well, ranking 35th nationally, with 61.8 points allowed per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Northwestern’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 43.9% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 39.2% this season.
Can Mississippi State Lock in a Home Win?
As they prepare to take on Northwestern, the Northwestern Wildcats remain unbeaten with a perfect 4-0 record. It is important to mention that the Bulldogs have been favored in all of their previous games. Heading into today’s game, Mississippi State has a perfect 4-0 record against the spread (ATS). In home games this season, Mississippi State is 3-0 vs. the spread, and in their previous ten home games, they have a solid 7-3 ATS mark.
So far, Mississippi State’s games have averaged 138 points per game with the average over/under line being 135 points. In the Bulldogs’ last five games, the combined scoring average stands at 74 points per game, accompanied by an over/under record of 2-3.
In their previous game, the Bulldogs’ offense finished with 76 points, which is right in line with their current average of 78.8 points per contest. Josh Hubbard is currently the leading scorer for the team, entering today’s matchup with an average of 13.2. Meanwhile, Jimmy Bell Jr. also brings a PPG average of 11.2 into the game.
This season, the Mississippi State defense has been impressive, holding the 23rd position in the country while permitting an average of 59.2 points per contest. Mississippi State will look once again to perform well on defense, holding Washington State to just 40% shooting in their most recent game.