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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Bulldogs underdogs vs Crimson Tide at Alabama

Mississippi State BulldogsAlabama Crimson Tide
11-4January 15, 2014, 08:00 | Coleman Coliseum7-8

Mississippi State travels to Alabama on Wednesday, hoping to boost its 11-4 record with a victory over the Crimson Tide.

The Bulldogs will try to spoil to the party on Wednesday; they are 2-5 ATS against the number this season, while the Crimson Tide are 3-8 ATS. Mississippi State is 6-1 on the totals; Alabama is 5-5-1.

View Mississippi State Bulldogs vs Alabama Crimson Tide Odds and Stats.

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

The Crimson Tide sit at No. 131 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Bulldogs sit at No. 239 on the same chart.

In their last action, Mississippi State was a 76-72 winner at home against Mississippi. They covered the 3-point spread as underdogs. Roquez Johnson scored 20 points leading the Bulldogs to a 76-72 victory over Mississippi at Humphrey Coliseum on Saturday.

Last time out for Alabama, they were a 66-58 loser as they battled Georgia on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 2.5-point favorite. Alabama suffered a 66-58 loss against Georgia on Saturday, getting 17 points from Trevor Releford in a losing effort at Stegeman Coliseum.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Alabama's No. 164 nationally ranked offense (71.33 points per game) against a Bulldogs defense that sits as the No. 80 at 67.27 PPG. The Crimson Tide have been averaging 45.79% from the field, more than the Bulldogs have managed so far this season (45.15% on average).

Next up:
Mississippi State home to Texas A&M, Saturday, January 18th
Alabama at Missouri, Saturday, January 18th