Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Bulldogs versus the Gamecocks? Tip off is at at 12:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on CBS. The game will be played at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, SC. The Bulldogs are the favorites in this Southeastern conference matchup the against the Gamecocks. The over/under for the game is set at 135 points.

MISSISSIPPI STATE BULLDOGS VS SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS BETTING PICK

The Pick: South Carolina Gamecocks +3

This game will be played at Colonial Life Arena at 12:00 ET on Saturday, January 6th.

WHY BET THE SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Gamecocks.
  • Not only will South Carolina pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +3.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 135 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Do the Bulldogs Have What it Takes to Win as Road Favorites?

Mississippi State comes into today's game as the favorites, boasting an overall record of 11-2 and a five-game winning streak. In their last game, the Bulldogs took down Bethune-Cookman by a score of 85-62.

So far this season, Mississippi State has been favored in all 13 of their games and have gone 11-2 in those contests. On the road, the Bulldogs are 4-1 and have an average scoring margin of +12.4 points per game.

Mississippi State has an ATS record of 8-5 this season and they are 4-1 vs the spread on the road. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Bulldogs are 5-5 vs the spread.

This season, the over/under record for Mississippi State games is 5-7-1, and today's line of 135 is lower than the average over/under line in their games (136.1). Over their last five games, the average scoring total is 149 points, and their over/under record during this span is 3-1-1.

Mississippi State's offense is coming off a strong performance vs. Bethune-Cookman, finishing the game with a total of 85 points. Their season average is now 76.2 points per game. The Mississippi State offense has been looking to get up shots from outside so far this season, averaging 24.8 three-point attempts per contest. Overall, they have connected on 31% of their looks from outside this season.

In the current season, the Mississippi State defense has excelled, sitting 19th in the nation by allowing 62.7 points per game. So far, the Mississippi State defense is giving up an average of 7.8 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 12.2 times per game (579th).

Will the Gamecocks Pull Through as the Home Underdog?

Heading into today's game, South Carolina is the underdog, with a point spread of +3. The Gamecocks are 12-1 on the season and have won their last five games.

At home, South Carolina is a perfect 10-0 and has an average scoring margin of +15.3 points per game. In their last game, the Gamecocks defeated Florida A&M by a score of 94-62. Over their last 10 games at home, South Carolina is a perfect 10-0.

As the underdog this season, South Carolina has been perfect vs. the spread, going 3-0. Overall, they have an ATS record of 10-3. At home, the Gamecocks have gone 7-3 vs. the spread this year and are 2-1 vs. the spread in their last three home games.

South Carolina's over/under record this season sits at 6-7 and today's line of 135 is lower than the average over/under line in their games (140.2). So far, 10 of their games have had higher over/under lines than 135. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 133 points.

In their recent matchup, the South Carolina offense ended with 94 points against Florida A&M. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 48.4% and made 10 threes. Offensively, the Gamecocks hold a season-long field goal percentage of 45%, placing them 187th in the national rankings. When it comes to three-pointers, they are ranked 152nd in terms of percentage and 71st in three-pointers made.

In the current season, the South Carolina defense has excelled, sitting 21st in the nation by allowing 63.1 points per game. So far, the South Carolina defense is giving up an average of 7.2 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 9.2 times per game (366th).