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Mississippi State vs. Kentucky - 2/9/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Mississippi State vs. Kentucky - 2/9/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

A sellout crowd of 10,021, State's fourth of 10,000 or more this season, cheered the Maroon and White to a fifth win in the last six series meetings with the tradition-rich Lady Vols (15-8, 4-6 SEC).

The Lady Vols went 17-of-20 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter to secure their third straight victory, defeating rival Vanderbilt on Sunday, 82-65, in Memorial Gymnasium. The Wildcats feature an extremely suffocating defense that has given up 55 or less points in four of their last five games.

"Our team was special today", Schaefer said. We'll have to have all five of our kids doing a great job blocking out because they do a tremendous job of attacking the glass. "We were great defensively".

The Bulldogs had a chance for a quality victory against No. 21 LSU at home on Wednesday but blew a game they were leading throughout and fell 92-88 in overtime. The Kentucky offense saw four different players score in double figures, led by 20 from sophomore forward P.J. Washington.

MSU's (22-1, 10-0 SEC) high scorer was senior Teaira McCowan, who logged a double-double with 24 points and 15 rebounds.

Kentucky started Ashton Hagans, Tyler Herro, Keldon Johnson, PJ Washington and Reid Travis for the 16th time this season. The former Tennessee player and assistant under legendary coach Pat Summitt had the unenviable position of following her and has three Elite Eight appearances in her six seasons but that hasn't been good enough to reach the expectations of the proud program. She makes great decisions with the bal. "To me, she's got them fixed". Jazzmun Holmes, the point guard, passed out eight assists, compared to one turnover, scored seven points and had two steals. Well, they waited until the fourth quarter to do that here. Danberry later followed with a basket to end the first quarter scoring with the Bulldogs ahead 25-17.

The Bulldogs miss sophomore Chloe Bibby, who was their leading 3-point shooter before being lost for the season to a knee injury suffered January 17.

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He was hailed down by the retreating Keith Earls but smartly popped a pass for Johnson to run in for the try, Laidlaw converting. In the second we took the foot off the gas, allowed them into the game and they took control.

Then, led by both their guards and posts, the Bulldogs took off and left the Lady Vols in the dust. The deficit was trimmed to 32-28 with 5:10 left in the half.

Schaefer said MSU will try to do that with sophomore Bre'Amber Scott back in the mix. Mississippi State led 25-17 after one quarter and 40-34 at halftime.

In the third quarter, a jumper by McCowan pushed the lead to nine at 47-38.

After bursting to an 8-0 record and standing 12-1 after opening SEC play with a win at Auburn, a youthful Lady Vols team (7 of 10 active players are freshmen and sophomores) has gone through some growing pains.

Tennessee went a flawless four of four from the free throw line and converted on back-to-back layups to pull within three at 47-44 at the 6:09 mark. Danberry scored the next three buckets - two on driving layups - to push that lead to 57-49.

Schaefer knows that the size and skill of a team full of high school All-Americans makes it as unsafe as anyone this weekend. Mississippi State still has a legitimate path to the NCAA Tournament thanks to good wins during nonconference play, but the Bulldogs need some conference wins in a hurry.


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