To begin with Bruce Pearl and Ben Howland are proving a good coach can bounce back from adversity. Pearl has thrived at Auburn after getting fired for NCAA violations at Tennessee. Howland has also bounced back at Mississippi State after flaming out at UCLA. While Howland’s Bulldogs emphasize defense Pearl’s Tigers use and up-tempo offensive approach. Due to the recent success of both teams they are occasional overlays for College Basketball bets. Judging value to actual ability will be a perpetual handicapping challenge for both programs. Although this may be true each program is March Madness material.
Auburn Tigers Vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs
|Date and Time:||Saturday, January 4, 2020, 4:30 p.m. ET|
|Location:||Humphrey Coliseum, Starkville, Mississippi|
|Auburn Vs. Mississippi State TV Coverage:||NBCSN|
|Auburn Vs. Mississippi State NCAAB Betting Odds at SBG:||Click Here|
Auburn Tigers Vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs Overview
Now Auburn has an offshore bookmaker record of 11-0 straight up, 5-6 vs. the line, and 4-7 under the total. Bruce Pearl’s team has national metrics of 20th for scoring offense and 122nd for points allowed. As a result, Auburn leads the SEC standings. Pearl has built a bona fide Final Four program. Additionally, his teams are highly entertaining to watch.
Mississippi State is 8-3 straight up, 5-5-1 vs. the line, and 6-5 over the total. Overall the Bulldogs rank 192nd for scoring offense and 66th for points allowed. Ben Howland’s team is fourth in the SEC. Encompassing Hail State’s success is Howland’s strong emphasis on fundamentals.
Key Tigers: G Samir Doughty (16.9 PTS, 3.8 REB, 2.5 AST, 47.1% FG, 75.8% FT, 38.1% 3P), F Isaac Okoro (12.7 PTS, 4.5 REB, 57.2% FG, 62.5% FT, 23.8% 3P), C Austin Wiley (10.9 PTS, 9.4 REB, 61.3% FG, 68.8% FT, 0% 3P)
Key Bulldogs: G Tyson Carter (16.1 PPG, 2.8 REB, 4.4 AST, 38.0% FG, 83.0% FT, 32.1% 3P), F Reggie Perry (14.5 PTS, 9.2 REB, 2.6 AST. 51.3% FG, 62.2% FT, 31.0% 3P), G Robert Woodard II (11.9 PTS, 7.8 REB, 50% FG, 69% FT, 53.6% 3P)
Auburn and Mississippi State Against the Spread
The Tigers Are:
3-10 against the spread in their last 13 away games
1-4 under the total on the road
2-5-1 vs. the number at Mississippi State
6-2 over the total in away games at the Bulldogs
3-4 vs. the odds in January away games
4-2 over the total on the road in January
The Bulldogs Are:
4-6 against the spread in their last 10 home games
6-4 over the total when playing at home
7-3 vs. the line in their head to head series with Auburn
8-2 over the total in their last 10 games with the Tigers
7-3 on the board when at home in January
7-2 over the number in January home games
Auburn Tigers Vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs College Basketball Bets Picks
By reason of their strong College Basketball Bets against Auburn do the Bulldogs make for a good play. This will be a high-profile game with a large crowd on hand. As was previously noted Auburn has been a weak road value.
Auburn vs. Mississippi State College Basketball Bets Pick: Mississippi State Bulldogs
Auburn vs. Mississippi State College Basketball Bets Score Prediction: Mississippi State 86, Auburn 80