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Mississippi State Bulldogs vs Gators College Hoops Game Preview

Mississippi State BulldogsFlorida Gators
Feb 9, 5:00 PM | Stephen O'Connell Center

Mississippi State Bulldogs vs Florida Gators Odds

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The Florida Gators will try to pay off for their supporters on Saturday when they play host to the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Stephen O'Connell Center in NCAA basketball action.

The Bulldogs will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 6-11 ATS against the number this season, while the Gators are 12-6 ATS. Mississippi State is 8-8 on the totals; Florida is 9-7.

View Mississippi State vs Florida Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 29-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Gators at No. 1 and the Bulldogs at No. 260 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 85-58 result in favor of the Gators.

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How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Bulldogs rank No. 188 in NCAA Division 1 with 34.5 per game. That compares with Florida’s No. 126 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Florida is college basketball's No. 12-ranked team at 8.8 per game, while the Bulldogs rate No. 320 with 4.4 per game.

Defensively, Mississippi State features the nation's No. 289-rated defense on the road, allowing 74.9 points per game. Florida, meanwhile, comes in at No. 66 nationally in scoring at home.

Mississippi State lost its last outing, a 93-75 result against Mississippi on February 6. They failed to cover in that game as a 17-point underdog. Craig Sword scored 17 points in a futile effort to lead the Bulldogs to a win (they lost 93-75 to Mississippi at Tad Smith Coliseum on Wednesday).

Florida lost its last outing, an 80-69 result against Arkansas on February 5. They failed to cover in that game as a 11-point favorite. The Gators endured an 80-69 loss at the hands of the Razorbacks on Tuesday, despite a 15-point effort from Mike Rosario at Bud Walton Arena.

Mississippi State Bulldogs Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing Missouri are 1-1
After playing Mississippi are 7-3
After a loss are 4-6

Florida Gators Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing Kentucky are 6-4
After playing Arkansas are 6-4
After a loss are 7-3

A few Bulldogs at Gators trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Mississippi State's last 5 games when playing on the road against Florida
Mississippi State is 3-11 ATS in its last 14 games on the road
Mississippi State is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Florida
Mississippi State is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games on the road
Florida is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Florida is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games
Florida is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Mississippi State
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Florida's last 5 games when playing at home against Mississippi State

Next up:
Mississippi State home to Missouri, Wednesday, February 13
Florida home to Kentucky, Tuesday, February 12