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NCAA hoops odds preview - Mississippi State vs. Tennessee

Mississippi State BulldogsTennessee Volunteers
Jan 19, 4:00 PM | Thompson-Boling Arena

Mississippi State Bulldogs vs Tennessee Volunteers Odds

7-8TEAM RECORD8-7

Mississippi State travels to Tennessee on Saturday, hoping to boost its 7-8 record with a victory over the Volunteers.

The Volunteers are 8-7 so far on the season, and 6-6-1 ATS vs. the number. The Bulldogs, meanwhile, are 7-8 and 5-6 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Tennessee go 7-5 and the Bulldogs go 3-7 on the totals.

View Mississippi State vs Tennessee Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with Tennessee in this one found them as 12.5-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 173-rated Mississippi State taking on the No. 73-rated Volunteers in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 66-62 win for the Volunteers on Saturday.

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How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Bulldogs is ranked No. 152 in NCAA hoops at 35.9 per game. Contrast that with Tennessee’s No. 104 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Tennessee is the No. 277-ranked team in the country at 5 per game, while Mississippi State rates No. 320 at 4.3 per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Mississippi State owns the country's No. 148-rated mark, allowing 68.8 points per game on the highway. Tennessee, on the other hand, rates No. 204 in scoring at home.

Mississippi State lost its last outing, a 75-43 result against Alabama on January 16. They failed to cover in that game as a 4-point underdog. Mississippi State was run off the court by the Crimson Tide on Wednesday as Alabama routed them 75-43 at Humphrey Coliseum.

Tennessee lost its last outing, a 75-65 result against Kentucky on January 15. They covered in that game as a 13-point underdog. The Volunteers endured a 75-65 loss at the hands of the Wildcats on Tuesday, despite a 23-point effort from Jordan McRae at Rupp Arena.

Mississippi State Bulldogs Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing Arkansas are 9-1
After playing Alabama are 6-4
After a loss are 6-4

Tennessee Volunteers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Mississippi are 8-2
After playing Kentucky are 8-2
After a loss are 6-4

A few Bulldogs at Volunteers trends to consider:
Mississippi State is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Tennessee
Mississippi State is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games on the road
Mississippi State is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tennessee's last 5 games
Tennessee is 16-5 SU in its last 21 games at home
Tennessee is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Mississippi State
Tennessee is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing Mississippi State

Next up:
Mississippi State at Arkansas, Wednesday, January 23
Tennessee at Mississippi, Thursday, January 24