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Mississippi State favored by -1.5 against South Carolina on Saturday

South Carolina GamecocksMississippi State Bulldogs
11-19March 08, 2014, 04:00 | Humphrey Coliseum13-17

Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Humphrey Coliseum Saturday as host Mississippi State looks to handle the South Carolina Gamecocks in NCAA hoops action.

The Bulldogs sport a record of 13-17 and 10-11-1 ATS heading into this battle, while the Gamecocks have 11-19 and 14-11-2 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 13-9 for the Bulldogs and 11-15-1 for the Gamecocks.

View South Carolina Gamecocks vs Mississippi State Bulldogs Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Mississippi State sat as -1.5-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

This game puts the Bulldogs, most recently No. 306 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Gamecocks, who rate No. 182 in the latest survey.

South Carolina was a 72-46 loser in their most recent outing at home against Florida. They failed to cover the 12-point spread as underdogs. The Gamecocks were hammered by Florida on Tuesday, losing by a 72-46 final at Colonial Life Arena in college basketball betting action.

Mississippi State was a 66-45 loser in its last match on the road against Georgia. They failed to cover the 11.5-point spread as underdogs. Mississippi State was run off the court by the Bulldogs on Wednesday as Georgia routed them 66-45 at Stegeman Coliseum.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Mississippi State's No. 206 nationally ranked offense (67.47 points per game) against a Gamecocks defense that sits as the No. 163 at 71 PPG. The Bulldogs have been averaging 43.9% from the field, more than the Gamecocks have managed so far this season (41.8% on average).

A few Gamecocks at Bulldogs trends to consider:
South Carolina is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games
South Carolina is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of South Carolina's last 8 games
South Carolina is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Mississippi State is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Mississippi State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Mississippi State's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Mississippi State's last 12 games