BYU at Mississippi State 12/29/18 - College Basketball Picks & Predictions

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Last Updated: 08/21/2019 at 11:17 AM ET

The BYU Cougars visit Humphrey Coliseum in Starkville, Mississippi on Saturday to play the No. 19 ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs. BYU fell to 8-6 on the season following a 90-81 loss to San Diego State on last Saturday. The Cougars were led by TJ Haws with 18 points and Jahshire Hardnett with 12 points in the loss.

Mississippi State improved to 11-1 on the season following its 67-63 win over Wright State last Saturday. The Bulldogs were led by Quinndary Weatherspoon with 14 points. Weatherspoon hit 5 of his 6 shots from the charity stripe during the final minute of play to hold off Wright State. The Bulldogs have won eight straight since their only loss of the season to Arizona State. Yoeli Childs is leading BYU in scoring and rebounding with averages of 22.1 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. Two other players, TJ Haws (17.5 ppg) and Jahshire Hardnett (11.4 ppg) are averaging double figures. Haws is leading the Cougars in assists with an average of 5.1 per game. BYU is shooting 48.3% from the field and 30.8% from 3-point territory.

Quinndary Weatherspoon leads five players in scoring in double figures for Mississippi State with an average of 16.4 points per game. Aric Holman leads the team in rebounds with an average of 8.7 per game, while Lamar Peters is the leader in assists with an average of 6.2 per game. Mississippi State is shooting 47.7% from the field and 38.5% from 3-point territory.

Mississippi State is the far better team. The Bulldogs have covered the number in 26 of the last 39 following a loss ATS. Mississippi State is 4-0 ATS in its last 4 versus a team with a winning record straight up. BYU has failed to cover 7 of its last 8 on the road and 5 of its last 6 on Saturday. Final Score Prediction, Mississippi State Bulldogs win and cover ATS 88-74.

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