The South Carolina basketball team travels to Starkville, MS this week to face SEC Western division rival Mississippi State. Frank Martin has his team on a three-game conference winning streak, taking down Georgia, Vanderbilt, and Texas A&M in consecutive contests.
Now, the Gamecocks will attempt to keep the streak alive against the Bulldogs. Mississippi State enters at 13-7, with a 4-3 mark in SEC play. They score at an impressive rate, ranking fifth in the conference at 74.2 points a night.
Mississippi State started league play with a hot start, knocking off Arkansas and Alabama en route to a 3-1 start. They’ve lost three of their last four games since, though, including last weekend’s 76-50 demolition at the hands of Texas Tech in the Big XII-SEC Challenge.
South Carolina will look to keep the Bulldogs on this losing skid while continuing its SEC winning streak.
Mississippi State owns the overall advantage in the series, posting a 25-16 record. The Bulldogs have won six of the last eight matchups against the Gamecocks dating back to the 2017 season. Mississippi State swept the season series last year with two 15+ point wins.
Can the South Carolina basketball team change that narrative this week? Let’s take a look at the odds and a prediction for Tuesday’s matchup.
South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs Odds: Line, Spread, Over/Under
The latest odds on WynnBET see South Carolina enter as an eight-point underdog. The Gamecocks boast +275 money line odds while Mississippi State possesses -350 to land the outright win. The over/under has been set at 139 points.
Mississippi State has played well as a home favorite, covering betting lines each of their last four tries.
South Carolina is the underdog. The Gamecocks are 2-2 against the spread in SEC road games where they’re not favored, winning outright against Vanderbilt and Texas A&M.
South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs Prediction
This will be another tough test for the Gamecocks, who pulled the road upset over Texas A&M just last weekend. Unfortunately, we don’t see it happening again.
Mississippi State is a talented team that’s already knocked off a pair of the conference’s top programs in Alabama and Arkansas. They rank in the top half of the league in both scoring and defense.
The Gamecocks’ hope in this one will come down to defense and rebounding. South Carolina holds opponents to 68.2 points per game and forces nearly 16 turnovers a night. That ranks 26th in the nation.
They also round up 38.6 boards per contest and rank 15th nationally in offensive rebounds. Second chance scoring and points off of turnovers will be key. If the Gamecocks can’t do those things successfully, they’ll be in for a long night.
South Carolina has lost their last four games in Starkville and hasn’t beaten the Bulldogs on the road since its Final Four season. That streak stays alive on Tuesday.