The Mississippi State Bulldogs (9-5, 0-2 SEC) head to LSU to take on the Tigers (10-4, 2-0 SEC) in a game that has the potential to be high-scoring. The game starts at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 11, 2020, and will air on ESPN.
Mississippi State Bulldogs at LSU Tigers Free Prediction
In the Bulldogs’ last game, they were dismantled by the Alabama Crimson Tide, 90-69. One of Alabama’s largest advantages was getting to the free throw line. They made 34 trips to the line, while Mississippi State went 21 times. Nick Weatherspoon was the game’s leading scorer with 20 points on 7-for-14 shooting.
The Tigers won a close one over the Arkansas Razorbacks in their last outing, 79-77. LSU won the rebounding battle. The Tigers had more offensive rebounds (23 vs. three), defensive rebounds (30 vs. 21) and total rebounds (53 vs. 24). With 16 points and 16 rebounds, LSU’s Darius Days put together a solid performance.
After the Tigers won the sole contest against the Bulldogs last season, 92-88, these teams will battle for the first time this year. The Tigers had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (39.4 vs. 31.3) and had a better turnover percentage (18.5 vs. 20.6).
It might turn into a high-scoring affair as a pair of the nation’s best offenses face off. LSU currently ranks 14th with 113.1 points per 100 possessions and Mississippi State is 60th (109.2). Also, the Bulldogs are among the nation’s elite at getting to the line, ranking 36th in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.278). The Tigers, however, rank 42nd in opponents’ FTA rate (0.164).
Mississippi State at LSU Pick
Pick: ATS Winner – Mississippi State, O/U – Under
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 NCAA. LSU ranks 44th in blocks allowed per game (2.7).
The Tigers rank 113th in steals per game (6.7) while the Bulldogs rank 130th in steals allowed per game (7.0).
The Bulldogs have been outscored by an average of 0.4 points in their last five games. On the season, Mississippi State has defeated opponents by an average of 6.1 points.
During their last five games, the Tigers have scored an average of 72.4 points per game (8.3 below their season average) and allowed an average of 68.4 points per game (0.3 above their season average).