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You Should Not Be Underestimating Mississippi State

Mississippi State is not exactly looked at in the same regard as many of its SEC counterparts, but it may be time for bettors to start paying attention to the Bulldogs. Mississippi State has relished being an underdog, as the team has gone 8-2 ATS in its past 10 as dogs, including winning the past three SU despite closing as pups. The Bulldogs will be given plenty of points when they host the Kentucky Wildcats on Tuesday.

Shark Bites
  • Kentucky is 9-0 SU in its last 9 games against Mississippi State.
  • Mississippi State is 9-0 SU and 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games with 2 days off between games.
  • Kentucky is 17-7 ATS in its last 24 games as favorite.

Since narrowly losing to Louisville, Kentucky has been red-hot with five straight wins while outscoring opponents by an average of 22.2 points per game. Malik Monk continues to be the offensive sparkplug for the Wildcats, as the freshman has averaged 22.8 points while shooting 56.1 percent from the floor through the past five outings.

Since dropping their first conference game, the Bulldogs have won three in a row while averaging 82 points per game. The Mississippi State offense features plenty of scoring depth, but it still revolves around sophomore Quinndary Weatherspoon. The guard averages a team-high 17.9 ppg while leading Mississippi State in shots made and attempted.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Odds makers at sportsbooks such as Bovada had set the Mississippi State Bulldogs as 14-point underdogs on the opening betting line for this contest. The betting line may have moved, check for updates at shops such as MyBookie.

Kentucky Wildcats vs Mississippi State Bulldogs Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Mississippi State Bulldogs sit at 12-4 (8-5 ATS) on the college basketball season. By comparison, the Kentucky Wildcats are currently 15-2 (11-6 ATS). Looking to bet on the total points scored? Mississippi State is 7-6 OU, and Kentucky is 11-6 OU.

According to new college basketball power rankings here at Odds Shark, it's the No. 28-ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs and the No. 2-rated Kentucky Wildcats in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Kentucky Wildcats rank No. 6 in NCAA Basketball Division 1 with 41.65 per game. That compares with Mississippi State’s No. 206 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Mississippi State is college basketball's No. 82-ranked team at 8.31 per game, while the Kentucky Wildcats rate No. 142 with 7.41 per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Kentucky cruised to victory on Saturday, running Auburn out of the gym and running up a 92-72 score at Rupp Arena.

The Bulldogs got 16 points from Schnider Herard as Mississippi State ran past Texas A&M 67-59 on Saturday at Humphrey Coliseum.

Betting Trends
  • Kentucky is 17-7 ATS in its last 24 games
  • Kentucky is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 9 of Kentucky's last 13 games
  • Kentucky is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
  • Mississippi State is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
  • Mississippi State is 11-3 SU in its last 14 games at home
  • Mississippi State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Kentucky
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Mississippi State's last 5 games when playing Kentucky

Next Betting Matchups

Kentucky home to South Carolina, Saturday, January 21st
Mississippi State at Tennessee, Saturday, January 21st