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Point spread favors Crimson Tide in battle with Bulldogs

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Feb 25, 6:00 PM | Coleman Coliseum

Mississippi State Bulldogs vs Alabama Crimson Tide Odds

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The Alabama Crimson Tide will hit the floor running against the visiting Mississippi State Bulldogs Saturday, looking to improve their record and boost wagering bankrolls in the process.

The Bulldogs will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 13-14 ATS against the number this season, while the Crimson Tide are 11-12 ATS. Mississippi State is 14-12-1 on the totals; Alabama is 13-10.

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Betting Line:
Bettors looking to back visiting Mississippi State before tip-off in this one will find them as 6.5-point underdogs.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Crimson Tide sit at No. 26 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Bulldogs sit at No. 79 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Crimson Tide will win this game 73-71.

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How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Bulldogs is ranked No. 65 in NCAA hoops at 36.8 per game. Contrast that with Alabama’s No. 122 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Alabama is the No. 333-ranked team in the country at 4.1 per game, while Mississippi State rates No. 90 at 7.1 per game.

Defensively, Mississippi State features the nation's No. 197-rated defense on the road, allowing 71 points per game. Alabama, meanwhile, comes in at No. 263 nationally in scoring at home.

Mississippi State was a 73-64 loser in their most recent outing at home against Kentucky. They covered the 9.5-point spread as underdogs. The Bulldogs endured a 73-64 loss at the hands of the Wildcats on Tuesday, despite a 21-point effort from Dee Bost at Humphrey Coliseum.

Alabama was a 79-68 winner in its last match on the road against Arkansas. They covered the 2-point spread as underdogs. Rodney Cooper scored 17 points leading the Crimson Tide to a 79-68 victory over Arkansas at Bud Walton Arena on Thursday.

Mississippi State Bulldogs Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing South Carolina are 6-4
After playing Kentucky are 9-1
After a loss are 7-3

Alabama Crimson Tide Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing Auburn are 6-4
After playing Arkansas are 6-4
After a win are 7-3

A few Bulldogs at Crimson Tide trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Mississippi State's last 6 games on the road
Mississippi State is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Alabama
Mississippi State is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Mississippi State is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Alabama is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Mississippi State
Alabama is 14-3 SU in its last 17 games at home
Alabama is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Alabama's last 6 games at home

Next up:
Mississippi State at South Carolina, Wednesday, February 29
Alabama home to Auburn, Wednesday, February 29

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