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SEC Tournament - South Carolina Mississippi State Betting Preview

Mississippi State BulldogsSouth Carolina Gamecocks
March 13, 7:30 PM | Bridgestone Arena

Mississippi State Bulldogs vs South Carolina Gamecocks Odds

9-21TEAM RECORD14-17

The Mississippi State Bulldogs will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Gamecocks in South Carolina at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday in college basketball action.

It's a game in the SEC Tournament, which will decide the conference title, not to mention deciding which teams make the Field of 68. This matchup is a neutral-site affair being played at Bridgestone Arena.

The Gamecocks sport records of 14-17 and 11-16 ATS heading into this battle, while the Bulldogs have 9-21 and 11-15 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 10-13 for the Gamecocks and 13-12 for the Bulldogs.

View Mississippi State vs South Carolina Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
South Carolina opened as 5-point favorites in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 313-rated Mississippi State taking on the No. 229-rated Gamecocks in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 64-57 win for the Gamecocks on Wednesday.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and South Carolina has the nation's No. 203-rated offensive output, at 66.3 PPG. The visiting Bulldogs defense ranks No. 257 allowing on average 69.9 PPG. The Gamecocks FG% has averaged 41.4% so far, more than the Bulldogs marksmen have achieved on the year, 40.1% per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Mississippi State owns the country's No. 316-rated mark, allowing 76.1 points per game on the highway. South Carolina, on the other hand, rates No. 180 in scoring at home.

Mississippi State was a 74-71 winner in its last match at home against Auburn. They covered the 2-point spread as underdogs. Colin Borchert scored 20 points and helped out with 13 rebounds for Mississippi State on Saturday, leading the Bulldogs to a 74-71 victory over Auburn at Humphrey Coliseum.

South Carolina lost its last outing, a 74-64 result against Vanderbilt on March 9. They failed to cover in that game as an 8.5-point underdog. Brenton Williams scored 17 points in a futile effort to lead the Gamecocks to a win (they lost 74-64 to Vanderbilt at Memorial Gymnasium on Saturday).

Mississippi State Bulldogs Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
After playing Auburn are 5-5
After a win are 3-7

South Carolina Gamecocks Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
After playing Vanderbilt are 1-9
After a loss are 3-7

A few Bulldogs at Gamecocks trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of South Carolina's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of South Carolina's last 10 games when playing Mississippi State
South Carolina is 2-10 SU in its last 12 games
South Carolina is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games when playing Mississippi State