NCAA Basketball Betting on Kentucky vs. Mississippi State

December 1, 2010 NCAA Basketball

NCAA basketball betting favors second-ranked Kentucky at Mississippi State on Tuesday.

Many people will look to take the Wildcats in this game but it is worth noting that Mississippi State has lost just once at home this season.  This could be a very competitive college basketball betting game on ESPN on Tuesday.

NCAA basketball betting had Mississippi State getting a big win on Saturday as they defeated Auburn 85-75 in overtime.  It was another example of the Bulldogs finding a way to win.  Mississippi State’s Dee Bost scored a career-high 32 points in the victory.  He will need another big game if the Bulldogs are to upset Kentucky.  Mississippi State will also need Jarvis Varnado to play well.  He is going to become college basketball’s all-time leading shot blocker in the future as he just dominates the middle.  He had 12 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks against Auburn.

This NCAA basketball betting game is huge for Mississippi State. The Bulldogs are right on the bubble of getting into the NCAA Tournament and a win over second-ranked Kentucky would probably get them in.  On paper, the Wildcats should win but it seems teams say that every game against Mississippi State and end up with a loss.  “You’ve got to find ways to survive,” head coach Rick Stansbury said about the Auburn game, “This is one of those games we survived.”  If you look at the statistics you would be surprise that Mississippi State is doing so well but stats don’t always tell the whole story.

Kentucky has been solid on the road in NCAA basketball betting. The Wildcats are 5-2 vs. the NCAA basketball betting odds in their last 7 road games. Kentucky is actually a better team vs. the spread on the road than at home.

Mississippi State has been very good at home lately for those that follow college basketball betting. The Bulldogs are 6-2-1 vs. the NCAA basketball betting line in their last 9 home games. The Bulldogs are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The underdog in this series between Mississippi State and Kentucky is 4-0 vs. the college basketball betting line in the last 4 meetings.

11 of the last 16 Kentucky games overall have gone over the NCAA basketball betting total. On the other side, five of the last seven Mississippi State games have gone under the college basketball betting total.

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