Smith leads Mississippi State against No. 9 Tennessee after 20-point game

Tennessee Volunteers (14-3, 4-1 SEC) at Mississippi State Bulldogs (12-5, 1-4 SEC)

Starkville, Mississippi; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EST

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Mississippi State -6.5; over/under is 122.5

BOTTOM LINE: Mississippi State hosts the No. 9 Tennessee Volunteers after Tolu Smith scored 20 points in Mississippi State’s 69-63 loss to the Auburn Tigers.

The Bulldogs are 7-1 in home games. Mississippi State is fifth in the SEC with 14.5 assists per game led by Dashawn Davis averaging 3.1.

The Volunteers are 4-1 in SEC play. Tennessee is second in college basketball allowing 54.0 points while holding opponents to 33.6% shooting.

TOP PERFORMERS: Davis averages 1.4 made 3-pointers per game for the Bulldogs, scoring 8.1 points while shooting 41.7% from beyond the arc. Smith is shooting 58.8% and averaging 14.0 points over the past 10 games for Mississippi State.

Santiago Vescovi is scoring 12.9 points per game with 4.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists for the Volunteers. Olivier Nkamhoua is averaging 11.1 points and 4.8 rebounds while shooting 58.5% over the last 10 games for Tennessee.

LAST 10 GAMES: Bulldogs: 5-5, averaging 63.7 points, 33.1 rebounds, 13.9 assists, 9.1 steals and 3.0 blocks per game while shooting 40.1% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 63.2 points per game.

Volunteers: 8-2, averaging 75.8 points, 37.9 rebounds, 19.2 assists, 8.8 steals and 4.0 blocks per game while shooting 47.0% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 54.6 points.

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