NCAA Basketball Betting Prediction: Nittany Lions vs. Bulldogs

Posted by Derrick Harper on March 27, 2018 in

The second and final game on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden in New York features the Mississippi State Bulldogs and the NCAA Basketball Betting favorite Penn State Nittany Lions. Both teams come into the game as the #4 seed in their respective divisions. This is a battle between the SEC and the Big Ten with the winner heading to the NIT Finals.

The Mississippi State Bulldogs have NIT wins over three power programs. The Bulldogs beat Nebraska at home, went to Baylor and downed the Bears, and then smoked Louisville on the road. The Bulldogs come into this game with a 25-11 record, and they finished 7th in the SEC regular season.

The Nittany Lions of Penn State are 24-13 on the season, and they finished 6th in the Big Ten. The Nittany Lions have NIT wins over Temple, Notre Dame, and Marquette. The last two wins came on the road. The Penn State Nittany Lions are -2.5 over the Mississippi State Bulldogs on Tuesday.

NCAA Basketball Betting Prediction: Nittany Lions vs. Bulldogs

Penn State Nittany Lions

The Penn State Nittany Lions won 6 out of their final 10 games of the season. The three losses late in the season came at Purdue, with Michigan, and at Nebraska. Penn State then lost in the conference tournament to Purdue. The notable sweep of Ohio State had Penn State looking for a berth in the big dance.

The Nittany Lions scored just under 75 points per game and allowed 66.9 per game. The top scorer for the Nittany Lions this season has been Tony Carr. The guard is scoring 19.7 points per game, and adding an addition 4.8 assists per game. Penn State started the non-conference season 7-2 with losses to Texas A+M and North Carolina State.

Mississippi State Bulldogs

The Mississippi State Bulldogs started the season with 8 straight wins before going on the road at losing at Cincinnati. The Bulldogs then finished 9-9 in SEC play and finished 7th in one of the toughest leagues in the country. The Bulldogs lost to Tennessee in the conference tournament by 3.

Mississippi State comes in as the NCAA Basketball Betting underdogs.

Ben Howland’s Bulldogs are led in scoring by Quinndary Weatherspoon with 14.7 points per game. Lamar Peters is adding just shy of 10 per game, and dishing out 4.5 assists per game. The Bulldogs are allowing opponents to score just over 60 per game in the tournament while scoring 72 per game.

Penn State Wins

Obviously, when you are in a tournament and playing for a chance to get to the title game, both teams are playing well. Both teams are battle-tested, and both teams are in it to win it. The Penn State Nittany Lions are the better shooting basketball team, and that makes a difference here. Penn State wins this game and heads to the NIT Finals. Take the Penn State Nittany Lions -2.5 as your NCAA Basketball Betting pick.