Vic Monte Sports – Wednesday College Basketball

Arizona State +3.5 vs Mississippi State

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An argument can be compellingly made that Arizona State should hold a slight advantage in this upcoming neutral-site game scheduled for Wednesday in Chicago. My power numbers indeed suggest that Arizona State could be considered a modest favorite in this matchup.

Mississippi State, the better team when operating at full capacity, faces some significant setbacks heading into this game. Notably, their star player, All-SEC first-team selection Tolu Smith, is set to make his appearance when conference play kicks off. Furthermore, the Bulldogs will be without the services of forward KeShawn Murphy due to injury, and Shakeel Moore, who is recognized on the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year Watch List, will be absent for the first two games due to suspension related to a team rule violation.

On the other hand, Arizona State’s track record under the guidance of Bobby Hurley is worth noting, as they have achieved seven consecutive victories in season openers. Bobby Hurley, a former Duke guard, brings a wealth of experience from his time under the tutelage of legendary coaches like Mike Krzyzewski, who was taught by the late great Bobby Knight.

Arizona State has also bolstered their ranks with a promising class of transfers, underscoring their determination to secure a spot in the NCAA tournament once more. All this positions Arizona State as a formidable contender and could pull off an upset. I will settle with taking the 3.5 points!

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