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NCAA hoops odds preview - Utah State vs. Mississippi State

Utah State AggiesMississippi State Bulldogs
Dec 31, 2:00 PM | Humphrey Coliseum

Utah State Aggies vs Mississippi State Bulldogs Odds

8-5TEAM RECORD12-2

The visiting Aggies hope to send their backers to the pay window on Saturday as they look to cover the spread at Humphrey Coliseum against the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

The Aggies will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 5-4 ATS against the number this season, while the Bulldogs are 9-4 ATS. Utah State is 7-2 on the totals; Mississippi State is 7-6.

View Utah State vs Mississippi State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Bulldogs are listed as 10-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Bulldogs at No. 41 and the Aggies at No. 140 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 80-72 result in favor of the Bulldogs.

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How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Mississippi State's No. 61-ranked scoring average of 75.4 PPG, against a Aggies defense rated No. 87 and allowing 62.8 PPG. The Bulldogs FG% has averaged 47.4% to date this season, more than the Aggies shooters have managed so far (46.6% per game).

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Utah State owns the country's No. 116-rated mark, allowing 68.2 points per game on the highway. Mississippi State, on the other hand, rates No. 90 in scoring at home.

Utah State won its last outing, an 81-62 result against Kent State on December 22. They covered in that game as a 1.5-point favorite. The Golden Flashes were burned for 27 points by Kyisean Reed on Thursday as the Aggies put another game in the win column, 81-62, at Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.

Mississippi State lost its last outing, a 54-52 result against Baylor on December 28. They covered in that game as a 7-point underdog. Mississippi State got 10 points from Renardo Sidney but lost anyway, 54-52, to Baylor on Wednesday at American Airlines Center.

Utah State Aggies Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-2
Before playing Fresno State are 9-1
After a win are 5-5

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

A few Aggies at Bulldogs trends to consider:
Utah State is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Mississippi State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Mississippi State is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games

Next up:
Utah State home to Fresno State, Thursday, January 5
Mississippi State at Arkansas, Saturday, January 7

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