Michigan State vs. Mississippi State: NCAA Tournament First Round Betting Preview, Tips And Picks – March 21, 2024

Written By PlayPicks Staff on March 18, 2024

The players to watch will be Tyson Walker and Cameron Matthews when the Michigan State Spartans (19-14) play the Mississippi State Bulldogs (21-13) on Thursday (at 12:15 PM ET) at Spectrum Center in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The Spartans match up with the Bulldogs in a game that Michigan State is currently a slim favorite by 1.5 points. The point total for the matchup is 130.5.

Michigan State vs. Mississippi State Betting Lines

Michigan State vs Mississippi State Betting Information
Favorite Spread Total
Michigan State -1.5 130.5 points

Computer Picks

Spread Pick Michigan State (-1.5)
Total Pick Over (130.5)

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Michigan State vs. Mississippi State Stat Rankings

Michigan State Avg. (Rank) Mississippi State Avg. (Rank)
73.1 (189th) Points Scored 74.8 (141st)
65.9 (24th) Points Allowed 69.1 (90th)
(1st) Rebounds (1st)
9.3 (144th) Off. Rebounds 11.3 (28th)
6.4 (276th) 3pt Made 7.4 (181st)
16.3 (26th) Assists 14.1 (110th)
9.3 (27th) Turnovers 12.4 (296th)

Michigan State vs. Mississippi State Betting Trends

  • Against the spread, the Spartans are 18-14-1 this season.
  • As 1.5-point favorites or more, Michigan State is 14-11 against the spread.
  • Out of 33 Spartans games so far this season, 14 have gone over the total.
  • Michigan State’s games have finished with more than 130.5 points 21 times so far this season.
  • The total for this game is 130.5, and that’s 8.6 points fewer than the average total in Spartans games thus far this season.
  • Mississippi State is 17-16-1 against the spread this season.
  • Against the spread as 1.5-point underdogs or more, the Bulldogs are 4-5.
  • Michigan State has played 33 games this year, and 14 of them have hit the over.
  • So far this year, 22 Bulldogs games have featured over 130.5 points scored.
  • The average total points scored in Mississippi State’s games this year (130.5) is 13.3 points higher than the total for this matchup.

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Michigan State Impact Players

  • Walker paces his squad in points per contest (18.2), and also posts 2.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists. Defensively, he puts up 1.8 steals and 0.1 blocked shots.
  • A.J Hoggard averages a team-best 5.2 assists per game. He is also averaging 11.0 points and 3.1 rebounds, shooting 41.6% from the floor.
  • Malik Hall puts up a team-best 5.6 rebounds per game. He is also posting 12.6 points and 2.0 assists, shooting 52.3% from the floor.
  • Jaden Akins puts up 10.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists per contest, shooting 41.1% from the floor and 35.8% from downtown with 1.8 made 3-pointers per game.
  • Tre Holloman posts 5.8 points, 1.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists per contest, shooting 46.7% from the field and 41.8% from beyond the arc with 1.0 made 3-pointers per game.

Mississippi State Impact Players

  • Matthews paces the Bulldogs in rebounding (6.9 per game) and assists (2.9), and posts 9.5 points. He also puts up 2.0 steals and 0.7 blocked shots.
  • Josh Hubbard is averaging a team-best 17.5 points per contest. And he is delivering 2.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists, making 38.8% of his shots from the field and 35.6% from beyond the arc, with 3.1 triples per game.
  • The Bulldogs get 15.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game from Tolu Smith.
  • D.J Jeffries is putting up 6.4 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists per contest, making 40.6% of his shots from the floor.
  • Dashawn Davis is averaging 6.7 points, 1.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists per contest, making 37.7% of his shots from the field.

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