Betting on today’s Gamecocks and Bulldogs game? Catch the action at Humphrey Coliseum in Starkville, MS, as the Bulldogs hosts this showdown at 2:30 ET on SECN. The odds for this Southeastern conference game currently have Mississippi State as the -4.5 point favorite with the over/under line sitting at 133.5 points.

SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS VS MISSISSIPPI STATE BULLDOGS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Mississippi State Bulldogs -4.5

This game will be played at Humphrey Coliseum at 2:30 ET on Saturday, March 9th.

WHY BET THE MISSISSIPPI STATE BULLDOGS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-69 in favor of the Bulldogs.
  • Not only will Mississippi State pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -4.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 133.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Can South Carolina Deliver Being Underdogs on the Road?

South Carolina enters this game as a 4.5-point underdog. They have been the underdog in 14 games this season, going 10-4 in those contests. They are also 8-3 on the road this season, and their average scoring margin on the road is -1.4 points per game.

Over their last 10 road games, the Gamecocks have gone 7-3. They are coming off a 66-59 loss to Tennessee, and their record for the season is 24-6. In Southeastern Conference play, they have gone 12-5.

As the underdog this season, South Carolina has an ATS record of 11-3. On the road, their ATS mark is 9-2, including going 8-2 in their last 10 road games. Overall, the Gamecocks have an ATS record of 21-9 this season.

South Carolina’s over/under record for the season is 14-16, and today’s line of 133.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games (139.7). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 140 points, and over their last 10 games, the average is 136 points. So far today, 20 of their games have finished with more points than today’s OU line.

Against Tennessee, the South Carolina had a tough time putting up points compared to their season average of 71.6 points per game. They scored 59 points and posted a field goal percentage of 37.7% in the game. Currently leading the team in scoring is Meechie Johnson Jr. who comes into today’s matchup averaging 14.3. B.J. Mack also heads into the game with a PPG average of 13.1.

At present, the Gamecocks’ defense is nationally ranked 24th, allowing 65.6 points per game. The South Carolina defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 66 points and allowed Tennessee to connect on 8 threes.

Is It the Bulldogs Game to Lose at Home?

Mississippi State has been excellent at home this season, going 13-3 with an average scoring margin of +9.8. They have gone 8-2 in their last ten games at home, and they are 17-5 when favored this season.

Overall, Mississippi State has a record of 19-11, and they have gone 8-9 in Southeastern Conference play. They have lost three straight games, including their most recent contest against Texas A&M by a score of 75-69.

Against the spread, Mississippi State has a record of 14-15-1 this season. At home, their ATS mark is 8-7-1 and they are 4-5-1 vs. the spread in their last 10 games as the favorite.

This season, the over/under record for Mississippi State games is 14-15-1. The average scoring total in their games this year is 143.7 points, which is 2.6 points higher than the average over/under line of 141.1. Today’s over/under line of 133.5 is lower than the average scoring total in their last three games (154 points) and their last five games (154 points). Over their last 10 games, their OU record is 6-4.

The Mississippi State offense is coming off a game where they scored 69 points against Texas A&M. They posted a field goal percentage of 49.1% and connected on 9 threes. Josh Hubbard is leading the team in scoring at 16.4 points per contest. Tolu Smith has also been a key contributor with a PPG average of 16.4 going into the game.

At present, the Bulldogs’ defense is nationally ranked 90th, allowing 68.9 points per game. On average, opposing teams are hitting 6.9 threes per game vs. South Carolina. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 28.7%.