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2022 NCAA Basketball Handicapping – Bulldogs vs. Crimson Tide
- (12-7) Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. Alabama Crimson Tide (17-2)
- Date: Wednesday, January 25th
- Time: 9:00 ET
- Venue: Coleman Coliseum
- CBB Moneyline Odds: Bulldogs +650 | Crimson Tide -1000
- NCAAB Betting ATS Odds: Bulldogs +13 | Crimson Tide -13 (Bet Now!)
- CBB Betting Total: O/U 141
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Mississippi State Bulldogs- Team overview/schedule
Mississippi State will look to avenge its loss against Alabama when they face them once again on Wednesday evening. At the end of December, it was the tide that picked up the 11-point victory over the Bulldogs.
If they were able to pull off the upset, it would only be the second victory in the SEC for these guys. The only other teams to have just a single win in the conference are South Carolina, LSU, and Ole Miss.
On the surface, their record of 12-7 does not seem all that bad, but they will need to play better against some of the better competition. After they face the Tide, it does not all of a sudden get easier, as they have to face a TCU team that is ranked #11 in the country.
With their 61-59 loss to Florida on Saturday, the losing streak for the Bulldogs is now up to four. Alabama is certainly not the team they would like to be playing when trying to snap that.
Something that has been quite noticeable in their recent slide is the lack of offense. In three of those contests, they have scored in the 50’s.
Needless to say, that type of offensive production will not get it done against Bama. To beat a team of that caliber, they will need to put up a lot more points than they have been putting up.
Tolu Smith is the leading scorer and rebounder for this group in 2022-2023. He is putting up 13.7 points per game and 8.1 rebounds per game.
For his team to even keep this close, he will need to step up and really lead his team to victory. Other players will clearly need to contribute, but he is the guy that would need to take over the game.
Aside from him, there are no other players that are scoring in double figures. If Alabama does a good job of containing Smith and making other players beat them, I am not sure they will have enough answers for that.
Entering this ball game, the Bulldogs are scoring just 64.9 points per game. In today’s world of college basketball, that just is not a good enough average to get the job done over the course of a season.
On multiple occasions this season, it has been very evident they just do not have enough firepower on that side of the court and a true second or third option that can score the ball consistently is just not there.
Alabama Crimson Tide – Team overview/schedule
It is not a surprise that Alabama is ranked as the #2 team in the land. They have been awfully impressive this season and I do not see that slowing down much as the year goes on.
In a conference that has plenty of really good team teams, the Crimson Tide are among the best of the best. They have the best overall record among teams in the SEC and they have not lost a game in conference play yet.
For a while now, this team has looked like one of the best teams in the country. Winning a championship should not be thought of as an afterthought for them. It is very realistic and it would not shock me if they ran the table in the tournament.
All throughout this campaign, they have been able to play well on both sides of the floor. They can put up points with the best of them and can also play really solid defense.
A good example of that came in their 85-64 win over Missouri last time out. They were able to get production on both sides of the ball which led to a 20+ point victory over a team that has played well this season.
Among others, one area that really stands out to me is their margin of victory. The tide are not just beating teams; they are taking care of them handily. In the new year, all of their wins have been by double digits.
On a team that has no shortage of firepower, Brandon Miller is one that stands out. He is scoring just under 20 points a game along with 8.3 rebounds and a field goal % of 46.1.
In the win over Missouri, there were plenty of guys that came to play on offense. Miller finished with 15 points, both Noah Clowney and Mark Sears tallied 17, and Jahvon Quinerly added 13.
Because this team has so many ways to beat their opponent, they are not too reliant on one person to always carry the load. They have plenty of players that can beat you in different ways.
This matchup Wednesday evening is a good opportunity for lots of these players to keep up their strong play against an opponent that just does not have enough talent.
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Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. Alabama Crimson Tide CBB Betting Trends
- Bulldogs are 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning straight-up record.
- Bulldogs are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games.
- Crimson Tide are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games.
- Crimson Tide are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 following an ATS win.
Free Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. Alabama Crimson Tide NCAAB Prediction:
Free ATS Prediction: Crimson Tide ATS(-13)
Mississippi State is in a really tricky spot on the road here. I do not have a ton of faith in them right now.
I feel it will be quite challenging for them to be all that competitive here.
Alabama matches up well on both sides here. The Bulldogs are going to have a tough time scoring the ball and stopping their opponent from scoring.
There is always the possibility of a letdown spot for the Tide, but I do not see that happening here. No matter who the opponent has been, their approach has largely been the same.
At home, I look for Alabama to be too much for an average team to handle.
Free Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. Alabama Crimson Tide CBB Betting Pick: Crimson Tide (-13)
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