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Mississippi State Bulldogs face Vanderbilt Commodores: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

Mississippi State BulldogsVanderbilt Commodores
13-7February 01, 2014, 05:00 | Memorial Gymnasium11-8

The Mississippi State Bulldogs will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Commodores in Vanderbilt at Memorial Gymnasium on Saturday in college basketball action.

The Commodores currently sports a 11-8 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 9-8-1 ATS. The Bulldogs are 13-7 and 5-7 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Commodores produce a 5-11-2 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Bulldogs have gone 9-3 against the number.

View Mississippi State Bulldogs vs Vanderbilt Commodores Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as 8-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 300-rated Mississippi State taking on the No. 184-rated Commodores in this contest.

Mississippi State was a 62-51 loser in their most recent outing at home against Florida. They covered the 12.5-point spread as underdogs. Mississippi State got 15 points from Colin Borchert but lost anyway, 62-51, to Florida on Thursday at Humphrey Coliseum.

Vanderbilt won its last outing, a 59-54 result against Georgia on January 29. They covered in that game as a 6-point underdog. Vanderbilt got 16 points from Rod Odom en route to a 59-54 victory over Georgia on Wednesday at Stegeman Coliseum.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Vanderbilt has the nation's No. 209-rated offensive output, at 67.79 PPG. The visiting Bulldogs defense ranks No. 116 allowing on average 68.95 PPG. The Commodores FG% has averaged 44.64% so far, less than the Bulldogs marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.31% per game.

A few Bulldogs at Commodores trends to consider:
Mississippi State is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Mississippi State is 15-8 SU in its last 23 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Mississippi State's last 7 games
Mississippi State is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Vanderbilt's last 16 games
Vanderbilt is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Vanderbilt's last 11 games at home
Vanderbilt is 1-6-2 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Mississippi State

Next up:
Mississippi State at Texas A&M, Wednesday, February 5th
Vanderbilt at Tennessee, Wednesday, February 5th