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Two Southeastern Conference teams will be looking to climb the standings when the Georgia Bulldogs take on the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Both handily earlier in the week as Georgia defeated Tennessee, 80-63, and Mississippi State dismantled Missouri, 72-45, for each team's first win in conference play. Scheduled tipoff is set for 8:30 p.m. EST and the game will be aired on the SEC Network.
Future No. 1 pick continues to lead GeorgiaGeorgia was happy to see an unranked team after three straight games against top-15 programs. They won the first of the three, defeating Memphis on the road, but were defeated by Kentucky at home and were blown out at Auburn their last time on the floor. That loss to Auburn clearly had Anthony Edwards, the top player in college basketball according to draft experts, play at the top of his game against the Volunteers.He continued his dazzling season by scoring 20 of his 26 points in the first half as Georgia led by as many as 26 points in the victory over Tennessee. Edwards had help from Rayshaun Hammonds, who scored 21 points on 7-of-10 shooting, including 3-3 from three-point range. The Bulldogs shot 10-for-23 from long range and made 16-of-21 shots from the foul line.
Edwards (19.1) and Hammonds (14.1) do much of the scoring for Georgia, and the latter leads the Bulldogs in rebounding with 8.5 per game. Edwards is second in the SEC in scoring and is shooting 41.3% from the field. Hammonds, a 6-foot-9 Georgia native, makes 47.3% of his shots with a 34.6 percentage from beyond the arc. Sahvir Wheeler leads the Bulldogs in assists (4.9), fifth-best in the SEC, and averages 8.2 points per game while shooting 50.6%, an impressive feat for a guard. Georgia is fourth in the conference with 78.8 points a contest and second in field goal percentage at 46.2%. Where they struggle is at the foul line, converting just 65.7% from the charity stripe.
Mississippi State gets first conference win after three straight lossesThe Bulldogs were in a rut prior to the matchup with Missouri, losing four of five, including their first three conference games. They took out their frustrations on the Tigers with the 27-point win, never trailing in the ball game. Mississippi dominated just about every statistical category. They shot 54.5%, went 7-for-7 at the foul line, had 36 rebounds, 17 assists, eight steals, and six blocks. In comparison, Missouri shot 34.7% from the field, 60% on their free throws, 24 rebounds, 10 assists, and 19 turnovers. The Tigers had no answer for Reggie Perry which has been the case for most of Mississippi State's opponents this season. The 6-foot-10 forward recorded his fifth double-double in the last six games with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Tyson Carter scored 15 points with seven assists off the bench and Nick Weatherspoon added 11 points in the win.
It should come as no surprise that Perry is averaging a double-double after his dominating stretch of play. He is averaging 16 points and a league-high 10 rebounds per game, shooting 50.3% from the field. Carter leads the Bulldogs with 3.9 assists and is second in scoring with 13.6 a game. Weatherspoon has been terrific since returning from a suspension dating back to last season with 13.5 points in six games after a 20-game layoff. Robert Woodard II rounds out the Bulldogs top scorers, averaging 11.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, and a team-high 1.6 steals. Mississippi is shooting 33.2% from three, third-best in the SEC, and average 72.0 points per game.
Trends courtesy of Oddsshark.com
- Mississippi State is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 homes games against Georgia
- Georgia is 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games against Mississippi State
- Georgia is 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Georgia is battle-tested after three straight games against ranked opponents and four of their five losses have come against teams currently ranked in the top 25. Mississippi State is 4-6 ATS in home games this season with outright losses to New Mexico State and Louisiana Tech on their resume. Go with the team that has the best player on the floor, better results overall for the season and as an underdog with the trends in their favor.
Full-Game Total Pick
The over is the right play as Mississippi State routinely goes above the total. The total has gone over in nine of Mississippi State's last 13 games. It's hard to ignore that the over has hit in 10 of the last 14 games between these two programs. Georgia ranks 18th in pace of play and there is no dropoff when they are on the road. All these factors make the over the best bet in this game.