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Bulldogs open as college hoops underdog vs Friars

Mississippi State BulldogsProvidence Friars
Dec 1, 12:00 PM | Dunkin Donuts Center

Mississippi State Bulldogs vs Providence Friars Odds

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The Providence Friars hope to be lousy hosts on Saturday as the Mississippi State Bulldogs pay a visit to Dunkin Donuts Center on the college basketball betting menu.

The Friars sport records of 5-2 and 3-1 ATS heading into this battle, while the Bulldogs have 2-4 and 1-4 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 0-2 for the Friars and 1-3 for the Bulldogs.

View Mississippi State vs Providence Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Providence opened as 12.5-point favorites in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 98-rated Friars and the No. 292-ranked Bulldogs, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 73-54 result in favor of the Friars.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Bulldogs rank No. 80 in NCAA Division 1 with 38.5 per game. That compares with Providence’s No. 87 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Providence is college basketball's No. 220-ranked team at 5.6 per game, while the Bulldogs rate No. 331 with 3.5 per game.

Defensively, Mississippi State features the nation's No. 225-rated defense on the road, allowing 73.3 points per game. Providence, meanwhile, comes in at No. 265 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Mississippi State was a 60-42 winner at home against Alcorn State. Craig Sword scored 14 points leading the Bulldogs to a 60-42 victory over Alcorn State at Humphrey Coliseum on Tuesday.

Providence was a 61-42 winner in their most recent outing at home against Holy Cross. The Friars got a terrific 27-point effort from Bryce Cotton as Providence defeated Holy Cross 61-42 on Tuesday at Dunkin Donuts Center.

Mississippi State Bulldogs Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
After a win are 4-6

Providence Friars Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Rhode Island are 8-2
After playing Holy Cross are 3-1
After a win are 5-5

A few Bulldogs at Friars trends to consider:
Mississippi State is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games on the road
Mississippi State is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Providence is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
Providence is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games

Next up:
Mississippi State home to Texas-San Antonio, Tuesday, December 4
Providence home to Rhode Island, Thursday, December 6

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