The Tulane Green Wave (3-0) meet the Mississippi State Bulldogs (4-0) in the Myrtle Beach Invitational at HTC Center. The game starts at 2 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 21, 2019, and will air on ESPNU.
Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. Tulane Green Wave ATS Prediction
In the Bulldogs’ last game, they thoroughly outplayed the New Orleans Privateers, 82-59. The Bulldogs, who came into the game averaging an offensive rebounding percentage of 44.0, had a phenomenal mark of 50.0 and held the Privateers to an effective field goal percentage of 0.397 (below their season average of 0.511). With 21 points on 8-for-14 shooting, Robert Woodard was the top scorer from either team.
The Green Wave easily got past the Northwestern State Demons in their last matchup, 79-52. The Green Wave had a much better free throw rate (0.429 vs. 0.070) and had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (32.5 vs. 15.4). Teshaun Hightower was the game’s leading scorer with 19 points on 6-for-11 shooting from the field.
It will be a battle of contrasting tempos as the up-tempo Green Wave will look to push the more grind-it-out Bulldogs. Since the 2018-19 season, the Green Wave rank 94th in possessions per game while the Bulldogs are 241st. Also, the Bulldogs’ 31st-ranked offense (offensive efficiency of 112.6) will attempt to take advantage of the Green Wave’s 300th-ranked defense (defensive efficiency of 107.5).
Mississippi State vs. Tulane Free Pick
Pick: ATS Winner – Mississippi State, O/U – Over
Mississippi State ranks 22nd in rebounds allowed per game (31.6) while Tulane ranks 284th (38.4).
The Bulldogs rank 30th in steals per game (7.9) while the Green Wave rank 248th (5.2).
Mississippi State ranks 79th in three pointers allowed per game (20.6) while Tulane ranks 271st (24.7).
The Bulldogs rank 80th in assists per game (14.4) while the Green Wave rank 241st in assists allowed per game (14.3).
Mississippi State ranks 11th in blocks per game (5.1) while Tulane ranks 146th in blocks allowed per game (3.4).