Bulldogs open as college hoops underdog vs Friars
Mississippi State Bulldogs vs Providence Friars Odds
The Providence Friars hope to be lousy hosts on Saturday as the Mississippi State Bulldogs pay a visit to Dunkin Donuts Center on the college basketball betting menu.
The Friars sport records of 5-2 and 3-1 ATS heading into this battle, while the Bulldogs have 2-4 and 1-4 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 0-2 for the Friars and 1-3 for the Bulldogs.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 98-rated Friars and the No. 292-ranked Bulldogs, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 73-54 result in favor of the Friars.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Bulldogs rank No. 80 in NCAA Division 1 with 38.5 per game. That compares with Providence’s No. 87 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Providence is college basketball's No. 220-ranked team at 5.6 per game, while the Bulldogs rate No. 331 with 3.5 per game.
Defensively, Mississippi State features the nation's No. 225-rated defense on the road, allowing 73.3 points per game. Providence, meanwhile, comes in at No. 265 nationally in scoring at home.
In their last action, Mississippi State was a 60-42 winner at home against Alcorn State. Craig Sword scored 14 points leading the Bulldogs to a 60-42 victory over Alcorn State at Humphrey Coliseum on Tuesday.
Providence was a 61-42 winner in their most recent outing at home against Holy Cross. The Friars got a terrific 27-point effort from Bryce Cotton as Providence defeated Holy Cross 61-42 on Tuesday at Dunkin Donuts Center.
Mississippi State Bulldogs Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
After a win are 4-6
Providence Friars Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Rhode Island are 8-2
After playing Holy Cross are 3-1
After a win are 5-5
A few Bulldogs at Friars trends to consider:
Mississippi State is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games on the road
Mississippi State is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Providence is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
Providence is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
Mississippi State home to Texas-San Antonio, Tuesday, December 4
Providence home to Rhode Island, Thursday, December 6