NCAA Basketball Picks:Tennessee vs. Mississippi

PJ Laferla

Thursday, January 24, 2013 2:41 PM GMT

We have a good basketball pick set to go in the SEC tonight, as Tennessee and Mississippi will settle their differences on the court. But what side will be the favorable outcome for the bettors?

Find out our selection on who will beat the college basketball odds below.

SEC Showdown: Tennessee at Mississippi

The Tennessee Volunteers (9-7 SU, 3-1 ATS away) will take on the 24th-ranked Mississippi Rebels (15-2 SU, 5-0 ATS home) tonight in a Southeastern Conference rivalry matchup, with the atmosphere expected to be filled with tension, as both teams will be fighting to pick up the win and earn a little bragging rights in the process.

Tip off is set to go at 7:00 PM EST from the Tad Smith Coliseum in Oxford, Mississippi and can be seen live on television, with national broadcast coverage provided by ESPN2.

As it stands right now, Mississippi is laying the chalk at home, coming in at -8 point favorites; and for bettors looking to make a play on the total, it will be your decision to go over or under 141 points.

Tennessee

The Volunteers produced a straight up win and point spread cover their last time out, beating Mississippi State by a score of 72-57 as 11.5-point favorites. However, they have been mediocre all season, both straight up against the spread, as they are only two games above .500 with nine wins and seven losses and 7-6-1 ATS.

Tennessee features an offense that shoots 43% from the floor, though they are scoring 65.6 points per game. Those averages however, have translated into the Volunteers going over the posted total in four straight games overall.

Defensively, opponents are shooting 40.7% against them, while scoring an average of 62.3 points per game.

Tennessee has covered the point spread six of their last seven games played on the road and they are 11-3 ATS in their last 14 games when facing a team in their own conference.

No. 24 Mississippi

The Rebels have won seven consecutive games in a row and continue to roll over opponents with the 3rd best offense in the nation, which is scoring an average of 82.4 points per game. This must be weighed in heavily while making our basketball picks.

Mississippi’s high flying offense has got them over the posted total in seven of their last eleven games overall. Additionally, they are over in 14 of their last 21 games that follow a straight up win.

On defense, they are decent, as they are holding opponents to fewer than 65 points per game (64.6).

Mississippi has covered the point spread in six consecutive games overall, including five straight at home.

While Mississippi looks good against the spread as of late, the road team in this matchup is 5-1 ATS going back six meetings and the underdog is 6-2 ATS going back eight meetings.

[gameodds]14/218556/43/us[/gameodds]

The Pick

Both teams matchup well on defense, but Mississippi is a run away on offense and for this reason they should easily cover the chalk in this contest.

NCAA Basketball Free Picks: Mississippi -8 at Bookmaker