Wednesday's contest features the Illinois Fighting Illini (22-9) and the Mississippi State Bulldogs (20-10) squaring off at Purcell Pavilion in what is expected to be a close matchup, with a projected 69-67 win for Illinois according to our computer prediction. Tipoff is at 7:00 PM ET on March 15.

The Bulldogs dropped their most recent outing 79-72 against Texas A&M on Thursday.

Mississippi State vs. Illinois Game Info

  • When: Wednesday, March 15, 2023 at 7:00 PM ET
  • Where: Purcell Pavilion in South Bend, Indiana
  • How to Watch on TV: ESPNU

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Mississippi State vs. Illinois Score Prediction

  • Prediction: Illinois 69, Mississippi State 67

Mississippi State Schedule Analysis

  • Against the No. 24 Tennessee Lady Volunteers on February 6, the Bulldogs registered their signature win of the season, a 91-90 home victory.
  • When facing Quadrant 1 opponents, the Bulldogs are 1-8 (.111%) -- tied for the 45th-most defeats.
  • Mississippi State has tied for the 31st-most Quadrant 2 wins in the country (five).
  • According to the RPI, the Fighting Illini have seven wins against Quadrant 3 teams, tied for the 43rd-most in the country.

Mississippi State 2022-23 Best Wins

  • 91-90 at home over Tennessee (No. 24/AP Poll) on February 6
  • 60-45 at home over Alabama (No. 43) on February 19
  • 87-73 at home over Arkansas (No. 49) on February 23
  • 72-58 at home over Auburn (No. 87) on January 19
  • 71-66 at home over Colorado State (No. 90) on November 20

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Mississippi State Performance Insights

  • The Bulldogs are outscoring opponents by 12.4 points per game, with a +373 scoring differential overall. They put up 71.5 points per game (63rd in college basketball) and give up 59.1 per outing (55th in college basketball).
  • In SEC action, Mississippi State has averaged 5.9 fewer points (65.6) than overall (71.5) in 2022-23.
  • At home the Bulldogs are scoring 76.1 points per game, 14.5 more than they are averaging on the road (61.6).
  • At home Mississippi State is allowing 56.8 points per game, 7.2 fewer points than it is away (64).
  • The Bulldogs are averaging 67.1 points per contest in their past 10 games, which is 4.4 fewer points than their average for the season (71.5).