Louisville vs. Mississippi State Prediction: Bulldogs the Pick

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The Louisville Cardinals look to bust through the Mississippi State Bulldogs defense, which ranks 14th in the nation in points allowed per possession when teams meet Thursday night in the Bahamas.

Louisville is without coach Chris Mack as he is completing a six-game suspension. In addition, the team already has a home loss to Furman in its ledger.

Mississippi State ranks sixth in the nation in rebounding rates, and the Bulldogs allow opponents to shoot 37.6 percent of their 2-point shots, ranking fifth among all Division I teams.

Mississippi State is stealing 15.9 percent of its assets in defense, which ranks sixth in the nation, but Louisville’s crime rate is 192nd in the nation in transactions per possession.

Rocket Watts, center, speaks with Michigan State coach Tom Izzo last season.
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With Michigan State transfer Rocket Watts healthy after losing to Mississippi State’s first two games this season, and Louisville has just one player, averaging more than nine points per game, the Bulldogs celebrate Thanksgiving with a win in the Bahamas.

Drama: Mississippi State, spread, -1.

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