Mississippi State vs.  Ole Miss: Prediction, Tips, Spread, Odds, Live Stream, Watch Online, TV Channel

Mississippi State vs. Ole Miss: Prediction, Tips, Spread, Odds, Live Stream, Watch Online, TV Channel

Mississippi State vs.  Ole Miss: Prediction, Tips, Spread, Odds, Live Stream, Watch Online, TV Channel

The pair of state rivals in dire need of conference victories will face off Saturday on CBS as Mississippi State hosts the Ole Miss SEC battle. Both teams start 0-2 in their league play after facing several conference favorites and will be desperate to avoid the 0-3 hole.

Ole Miss (8-6, 0-2) nearly upset Tennessee last week before falling 63-59 before losing 84-62 in Alabama on Tuesday. Mississippi State (11-3, 0-2) also suffered defeats to the Crimson Tide and the Volunteers as freshman coach Chris Jans got his first taste of SEC action.

Mississippi State got off to a stunning 11-0 start in a no-conference game under Jans with a suffocating defense. The start included victories in neutral locations over Marquette and Utah, but they proved difficult to maintain. Tennessee scored its first 16 points against Mississippi State on Tuesday to win 87-53.

While this performance was something of an anomaly for the Bulldogs, who are usually formidable on defense, offense was a constant problem. Mississippi is ranked 305th in the nation in points per game at 67.1 and 298th in shooting percentage at 42%. Ole Miss shares similarities with Mississippi State in its shooting challenges. The 3-pointers in particular were a strain for the Rebels, who are ranked 334th in the country with 29.4% from behind the arc. Only two opponents reached 70 against Ole Miss, but the Rebels simply lacked the firepower to capitalize on it.

In recent years, these teams have become accustomed to splitting series during the regular season. Given their resemblance to each other, it wouldn’t be a shock if that was the case this season. But the February 18 rematch is a long way off. For now, both teams desperately need a win, and that sense of desperation should only add to what is always a high stakes game.

How to watch Mississippi State vs Ole Miss live

Date: Saturday, January 7 | Time: 14:00 Eastern Time
Location: Humphrey Coliseum – Starkville, Mississippi
TV: CBS | Live stream: CBSSports.com, the CBS Sports App (Free)

Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State forecast, picks

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Oddly enough, the last four games between Mississippi State and Ole Miss were decided in double figures, with each team winning two contests. But that trend should end on Saturday in a battle between the two defensive-minded teams. The Rebels and Bulldogs struggle to score, and every ball possession should be a struggle as both teams try to avoid a 0-3 early in a league game. Look for an Ole Miss to cover in a close game. Choose: Ole Miss +5

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