Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Bulldogs vs. Wildcats CBB Odds
Looking for Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. Kentucky Wildcats NCAA basketball free picks & CBB odds? CBB betting sees the Bulldogs taking on the Wildcats on Thursday, March 11th, 2021 in the SEC Tournament at Enterprise Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all college basketball matchups all season long so stay tuned for more FREE daily basketball predictions like this Bulldogs Wildcats matchup.
2021 NCAA Basketball Handicapping
(14-13) Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. Kentucky Wildcats (9-15)
Date: Thursday March 11th, 2021
Time: 12:00 PM ET
Venue: Enterprise Arena, Nashville, Tennessee
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: Kentucky -3.5
CBB Betting Total: 131
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People have been waiting for Kentucky to turn their fortunes around all year, but in ending the regular season at 9-15 it’s obvious that didn’t happen. The Wildcats are still -3.5 favorites in Nashville however.
Mississippi State is just a really average team. The Bulldogs are 5-8 over their last 13 games of the season and have a very unimpressive offense.
Mississippi State Bulldogs
MSU and Kentucky are actually pretty close in the Big 12 rankings for points/game, 12th and 11th respectively. When one thinks of the Wildcats they think of fast break uber-talents, but that’s been few and far between.
Still, how do the Bulldogs stay competitive in this one? They do have a couple top notch scorers as D.J. Stewart and Iverson Molinar both average over 16 ppg. They both hit right around their average consistently.
The Bulldogs lost 73-78 but in OT when these teams met on January 2nd. That game was in Mississippi State and Ben Howland’s team was a +2 point home underdog. How do things get any better on a neutral site?
Mississippi State was able to get three players to hit 14+ points against Kentucky, led by a combined 36 from Steward and Molinar.
Kentucky can run away with this one, literally, if they push the pace against the slow tempo Bulldogs. That’s kind of the mode the Wildcats are playing in right now, recently beating South Carolina 92-64 on Saturday.
It’s evident that at least a few of the Kentucky players like the faster paced game, as Brandon Boster and Davion Mintz both went for 20+ albeit against a 6-14 South Carolina squad.
The last time out seems like an anomaly though. Kentucky was the 4th worst offense in the SEC during the regular season and had been held to under 70 points in three straight prior to the win over the Gamecocks.
It was Dontaie Allen that kept Kentucky in the first game between these two, scoring an unprecedented 23 points on 7-11 from three. Allen has fallen out of graces though, scoring 5 points total in the last 7 games.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Bulldogs are 4-1 ATS last 5 overall
- Under is 5-1 in Bulldogs last 6 overall
- Over is 7-2 in Bulldogs last 9 neutral site games
- Wildcats are 2-7-1 ATS last 10 overall
- Over is 6-2-1 in Wildcats last 9 overall
- Favorite is 5-0 ATS last 5 head to head meetings
Free Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. Kentucky Wildcats NCAAB Prediction:
The Bulldogs likely get that win over Kentucky back in January if not for the random hot hand of Allen, who had 21 points off the bench. MSU had a 5-point lead at halftime, but let the game get to OT.
That doesn’t Mississippi State doesn’t still stack up well with the Wildcats. This pace can easily be slowed down and Kentucky wasn’t running that frenetically until their game with South Carolina last time out.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Mississippi State +3.5
This will be a low pace game with both teams fresh and each thinking 65 points wins the game.
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