NCAA Betting: Vanderbilt at Mississippi State

By: Joe Freda | Wednesday, January 26, 2011
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Festus Elizi has spent much of this season in foul trouble for the ’Dores.

The No. 22 Vanderbilt Commodores have a 1-4 spread record in their last five games, with the ‘over’ going 4-1.  Kevin Stallings’ squad heads south for Thursday’s matchup against the Mississippi State Bulldogs, who are 2-1 ATS in their last three contests.

Vanderbilt picked up its second straight win in Saturday’s 89-70 triumph as a five-point home favorite against the St. Mary’s Gaels.  The Commodores hit 52 percent of their field buckets, including 11-of-22 from beyond the arc.

Vanderbilt’s Jeffery Taylor and John Jenkins each logged a team-high 19 points.  The duo united to drain 6-of-10 from three-point land, while sinking 12-of-15 free throws.

Commodores guard Lance Goulbourne notched 15 points and 10 boards, finishing with his second straight double-double.  The junior forward added two assists, while recording a season-high five turnovers.

The lopsided affair’s combined 159 points leaped ‘over’ the ‘total’ of 148.  Vanderbilt outrebounded the Gaels, 37-19, while holding St. Mary’s to 41.9 percent field shooting.

Vanderbilt is 5-2 against the spread in its seven games away from home, with the ‘under’ going 4-3.  Goulbourne and Co. have allowed 68 PPG in that span.

Mississippi State saw a two-game win streak end with Saturday’s 86-64 defeat as a 10-point road dog against the Georgia Bulldogs.  Rick Stansbury’s squad allowed Georgia to hit 11-of-19 three-point shots, while being outrebounded, 43-21.

Mississippi State’s Dee Bost logged team-highs of 20 points and five assists.  The junior guard added five of his team’s seven steals.

Bost’s mate Renardo Sidney finished with 15 points and a team-high nine rebounds.  The starting forward (14.5 PPG, 6.3 RPG) is listed as “questionable” by for Thursday’s game due to an illness.

The battle’s combined 150 points soared above the ‘total’ of 138, bringing the ‘over’ to 3-2 in Mississippi State’s last five games.  Both squads struggled from the foul line, uniting to hit 24-of-40 free throws.

Mississippi State is 1-6 ATS in its first seven ‘board’ home dates, with Sidney and Co. putting up 75.1 PPG.  The ‘over’ is 4-2 in the span’s six games containing a ‘total.’

Mississippi State is 5-0 ATS in its last five meetings against Vanderbilt, with the ‘over’ going 4-1.

The rivals last met this past March in the Southeastern Conference tournament, with the Bulldogs winning, 62-52, as 1 ½-point dogs at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.  Field buckets came at a premium in the afternoon affair, with both teams uniting to connect at just 37 percent.

Thursday’s tip is scheduled for 4 p.m. (PT), with ESPN2 providing the national television coverage.

Both foes will have one day off before resuming action as part of Saturday’s college hoops slate.  Mississippi State remains home to face the No. 23 Florida Gators, while Vanderbilt hosts the Arkansas Razorbacks.

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