The Louisville Cardinals will look to bust through a defense Mississippi State defense that is 14th in the country in points allowed on a per-possession basis.
Louisville Cardinals vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs (-1, 133)
(stats as of Wednesday morning)
Louisville will be without coach Chris Mack, as he is finishing up a six-game suspension. Without him, the team already has a home loss on their ledger to Furman.
The Cardinals will look to keep a Mississippi State bunch that is sixth in the country in the country in rebound rate and has to try to score on a defense that is allowing opponents to shoot just 37.6 percent on 2-point shots, which ranks fifth in the country against Division I teams.
Mississippi State is generating a steal on 15.9 percent of possessions on defense, which ranks sixth in the country, while Louisville is 192nd in the country in turnovers per possession.
With Michigan State transfer Rocket Watts getting healthy and playing limited minutes after missing Mississippi State’s first two games this season, and with Louisville having just one player averaging more than nine points per game, the Bulldogs will be celebrating Thanksgiving with a win in the Bahamas.
Pick: Mississippi State -1