The Mississippi State Bulldogs will look to score a huge win this Tuesday, as they pay the Kentucky Wildcats a visit in Lexington. Will the Bulldogs grab a win on the road? Or will Kentucky bounce back from a loss last Saturday? Check out our preview below of this Mississippi State-Kentucky SEC tussle.
Betting Preview for the Mississippi State Bulldogs vs Kentucky Wildcats NCAA College Basketball Game on January 25 2022
Where: Rupp Arena (Lexington, KY)
When: Tuesday, January 25, 2022, 9:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the Mississippi State Bulldogs (+9.5)
Record: 6-9 Overall/2-3 Conference
Mississippi State rebounded right away after its loss to the Florida Gators last week in Gainesville by defeating the Ole Miss Rebels at home over the weekend, 78-60. The Bulldogs already have a pair of Quadrant 3 losses this season, but they also have won big games against the likes of the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Alabama Crimson Tide. What makes the Bulldogs dangerous is their scoring and ability to control the pace with their rebounding on the offensive end. Mississippi State is actually 22nd in the nation in adjusted offensive efficiency, scoring 114.4 points per 100 possessions. They are also 12th nationally with a 35.2 offensive rebounding percentage. Their 38.5 offensive rebounding rate is even tops in the SEC. The inside-outside duo of guard Iverson Molinar and 6-11 Tolu Smith is expected to carry the Bulldogs against Kentucky.
Mississippi State is 6-4 against the spread in its last 10 games overall.
Betting on the Kentucky Wildcats (-9.5)
Record: 16-2 Overall/6-2 Conference Conference
Kentucky failed to come through with a win in a marquee SEC battle with the Auburn Tigers last Saturday on the road, as the Wildcats took an 80-71 loss. The loss hurt more for Kentucky, with no. 2 scorer TyTy Washington injuring his ankle. Washington exited the game and was not able to return, so his availability for Tuesday’s home game against Mississippi State is something that needs to be closely monitored. In any case, the Wildcats still have a beast in Oscar Tshiebwe, who’s just been straight up unstoppable. Tshiebwe scored 16 points and grabbed 14 rebounds against Auburn, which says a lot about how talented he is, as the Tigers have one of stingiest defenses in the nation. The 6-9 Tshiebwe is averaging 16.1 points on 61.6 percent shooting from the field and 14.8 rebounds per contest, so far this season. It’s his presence down low that will make it harder for Auburn to dominate the offensive glass like it used to in previous games.
Kentucky, which is averaging 82.9 points per game, is 4-1 against the spread in its last five contests as the home team.
Kentucky wins, 78-69.
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