NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Bulldogs underdogs vs Wildcats at Kentucky
Mississippi State Bulldogs vs Kentucky Wildcats Odds
Mississippi State travels to Kentucky on Wednesday, hoping to boost its 7-19 record with a victory over the Wildcats.
Kentucky battles the Bulldogs, currently sitting with a 7-19 mark (8-14 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 13-10 for the Wildcats and 10-11 for the Bulldogs.
Bettors looking to side with Kentucky in this one found them as 18.5-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 22-ranked Wildcats and the No. 316-rated Bulldogs in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 77-57 win for the Wildcats on Wednesday.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Bulldogs rank No. 252 in NCAA Division 1 with 32.9 per game. That compares with Kentucky’s No. 37 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Kentucky is college basketball's No. 216-ranked team at 5.8 per game, while the Bulldogs rate No. 323 with 4.4 per game.
Defensively, Mississippi State features the nation's No. 298-rated defense on the road, allowing 75.1 points per game. Kentucky, meanwhile, comes in at No. 19 nationally in scoring at home.
Last time out for Mississippi State, they were a 72-31 loser as they battled Vanderbilt at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 4-point underdog. Mississippi State was crushed on Saturday, getting blown out by Vanderbilt and falling by a 72-31 score at Humphrey Coliseum.
Kentucky was a 90-83 winner in their most recent outing at home against Missouri. They covered the 2.5-point spread as favorites. Kentucky earned a 90-83 victory over Missouri on Saturday, getting 24 points from Julius Mays at Rupp Arena.
Mississippi State Bulldogs Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Mississippi are 5-5
After playing Vanderbilt are 4-6
After a loss are 0-10
Kentucky Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Arkansas are 9-1
After playing Missouri are 2-0
After a win are 7-3
A few Bulldogs at Wildcats trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Mississippi State's last 7 games on the road
Mississippi State is 5-12 ATS in its last 17 games on the road
Mississippi State is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Kentucky
Mississippi State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Kentucky is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Kentucky is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing at home against Mississippi State
Kentucky is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Mississippi State
Kentucky is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
Mississippi State home to Mississippi, Saturday, March 2
Kentucky at Arkansas, Saturday, March 2