College Basketball Preview and Free Pick: LSU vs. Mississippi State
Two SEC squads tip-off in one of the featured matchups for a busy Wednesday night of college
basketball action. The LSU Tigers are on the road at the Mississippi State Bulldogs, a meeting of two
teams separated by three games in the conference standings.
Date/Time/TV: Weds. Feb.6, 9:00 PM EST, ESPN2
Spread: Mississippi State Bulldogs -2.5 (-110)
LSU suffered a one-point upset loss to Arkansas on Saturday. That defeat snapped a 10-game
winning streak. The Tigers are 17-4 (11-9-1 ATS) on the year and ranked #21 in the latest AP Top 25
poll. In SEC play, the team is 7-1, 1.5 games behind conference leader Tennessee.
Mississippi State is 4-4 in conference and currently four games off the pace. The club has traded
wins and losses over its last four, going 1-1 versus ranked teams over that stretch. For the season, the
Bulldogs are 16-5 (10-11 ATS).
Saturday’s loss marked the end of what had been an exceptional run of play for LSU. Over the last
10, the team is 9-1 (7-3 ATS). The Tigers have been solid on the road as well, going 4-1 (4-1 ATS)
thus far. Team totals stand at 12-8, with the Over coming in for four of the last five.
Tremont Waters is the team’s biggest threat with averages of 15.1 ppg and 6.0 apg. Skylar Mays
contributes 13.4 ppg and 3.2 boards, while Naz Reid is adding in 13.2 ppg and 5.9 rpg. Rounding out
the top threats for the Tigers is Ja’vonte Smart, as he’s averaging 10.6 ppg.
Mississippi State Bulldogs
Mississippi State started off the year on a solid 12-1 run, but play has leveled out since then. For their
last 10 games, the Bulldogs are 6-4 (4-6 ATS). The team is an excellent 10-1 (6-5 ATS) at home to
date. For totals, Mississippi State is 12-9, with the Over being hit for the last three in a row.
Quinndary Weatherspoon leads the way on offense for the Bulldogs. He’s averaging 17.6 ppg and
5.7 boards. Lamar Peters checks in as the second option with 12.9 ppg and 5.8 dimes. Aric Holman is
next up with 10.9 ppg and 7.4 boards.
LSU vs. Mississippi State Prediction
This is the first meeting of the season for the conference rivals. They split two meetings last year,
with the home team winning both. Mississippi State has won four of the last five in the series dating
back to 2017. The Bulldogs are 3-1-1 ATS over that time frame.
They’re slight home favorites tonight in what shapes up as a close and competitive game. We’re
looking for the hosts to get the job done and cover on their home floor.
LSU Tigers vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs Pick: Mississippi State Bulldogs -2.5 (-110)