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Kentucky Wildcats take on Bulldogs in NCAA basketball test

Kentucky WildcatsMississippi State Bulldogs
17-5February 08, 2014, 01:30 | Humphrey Coliseum13-9

The Mississippi State Bulldogs host Kentucky on Saturday, looking to build on their 13-9 mark against the 17-5 Wildcats in college hoops action at Humphrey Coliseum.

The Wildcats will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 12-7-1 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Bulldogs are 5-8-1 ATS. Kentucky is 11-9 against the total, while Mississippi State is 9-5 versus the number.

View Kentucky Wildcats vs Mississippi State Bulldogs Odds and Stats.

The Bulldogs were listed as 12-point underdogs at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Bulldogs at No. 286 and the Wildcats at No. 15 heading into this contest.

Kentucky won its last outing, an 80-64 result against Mississippi on February 4. They covered in that game as a 11-point favorite. The Wildcats got 18 points from Willie Cauley-Stein as Kentucky ran past Mississippi 80-64 on Tuesday at Rupp Arena.

In their last action, Mississippi State was a 72-52 loser on the road against Texas A&M. They failed to cover the 7.5-point spread as underdogs. Mississippi State was run off the court by the Aggies on Wednesday as Texas A&M routed them 72-52 at Reed Arena.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Mississippi State has the nation's No. 198-rated offensive output, at 68.14 PPG. The visiting Wildcats defense ranks No. 68 allowing on average 67.05 PPG. The Bulldogs FG% has averaged 44.8% so far, less than the Wildcats marksmen have achieved on the year, 47.58% per game.

A few Wildcats at Bulldogs trends to consider:
Kentucky is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Kentucky is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Kentucky is 3-10 ATS in its last 13 games on the road
Kentucky is 3-9 SU in its last 12 games on the road
Mississippi State is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Mississippi State's last 5 games
Mississippi State is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
Mississippi State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Kentucky

Next up:
Kentucky at Auburn, Wednesday, February 12th
Mississippi State at Georgia, Wednesday, February 12th