SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: Kentucky at Mississippi State

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The Kentucky Wildcats meet the Mississippi State Bulldogs on Wednesday in Starkville in a pivotal SEC basketball matchup. Look inside for a preview of the game, including key players, a statistical comparison, team schedules, injury reports, game TV information and a final score prediction.

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Venue

Mississippi State

Arena Name: Humphrey Coliseum

Capacity: 10,575

Year Opened: 1975

Humphrey Coliseum

Game Date/Time

Wednesday, February 15, 2023, 8:30 PM ET

Team Statistical Comparison

Scoring Offense
Scoring Defense
Scoring Margin
Winning %
Field Goal %
Free Throw %
Three Point %
FT Made P/G
Three Pointers P/G
FT Attempts P/G
3-Point Attempts P/G
FG % Defense
3-Point % Defense
Fouls Per Game
Rebound Margin
Rebounds (Off.) P/G
Rebounds (Def) P/G
Rebounds Per Game
Assist/Turnover Ratio
TOs Forced P/G
Effective FG pct
Kentucky
75.1
67.7
7.4
66.7
45.9
69.0
36.6
12.5
6.8
18.2
18.5
43.4
33.3
15.4
7.6
13.29
24.96
38.25
1.38
11.92
0.515
Mississippi State
65.5
58.5
7.0
66.7
42.0
62.4
27.9
11.8
5.7
19.0
20.5
38.6
30.9
14.5
3.9
12.88
24.79
37.67
1.16
15.5
0.47

Players and Stats

Kentucky

Player # Class Pos Height Weight Summary
Oscar Tshiebwe 34 SR F 6-9 260 15.5 Pts, 13.3 Reb, 1.5 Ast
Antonio Reeves 12 SR G 6-4 185 12.9 Pts, 2.0 Reb, 1.2 Ast
Cason Wallace 22 FR G 6-4 193 12.3 Pts, 3.6 Reb, 3.6 Ast
Jacob Toppin 0 SR F 6-9 194 11.7 Pts, 6.5 Reb, 2.1 Ast
Sahvir Wheeler 2 SR G 5-10 180 7.7 Pts, 2.3 Reb, 5.6 Ast
CJ Fredrick 1 SR G 6-3 195 7.3 Pts, 0.9 Reb, 1.6 Ast
Chris Livingston 24 FR F 6-6 220 5.6 Pts, 3.0 Reb, 0.5 Ast
Lance Ware 55 JR F 6-9 223 2.4 Pts, 2.3 Reb, 0.8 Ast
Ugonna Onyenso 33 FR F 6-11 225 2.7 Pts, 2.8 Reb, 0.1 Ast
Daimion Collins 4 SO F 6-9 202 2.5 Pts, 2.3 Reb, 0.1 Ast
Adou Thiero 3 FR G 6-6 200 2.6 Pts, 2.0 Reb, 0.5 Ast
Brennan Canada 14 SR F 6-6 198 1.0 Pts, 0.3 Reb, 0.0 Ast
Walker Horn 21 FR G 6-1 200 0.0 Pts, 0.3 Reb, 0.3 Ast
Kareem Watkins 25 JR G 5-8 145 0.0 Pts, 0.0 Reb, 0.3 Ast
Grant Darbyshire 13 FR G 6-2

Mississippi State

Player # Class Pos Height Weight Summary
Tolu Smith 1 SR F 6-10 245 14.9 Pts, 8.4 Reb, 1.8 Ast
D.J. Jeffries 0 SR F 6-7 215 8.8 Pts, 6.0 Reb, 1.7 Ast
Shakeel Moore 3 JR G 6-1 180 8.9 Pts, 3.0 Reb, 2.2 Ast
Dashawn Davis 10 SR G 6-2 185 8.2 Pts, 2.0 Reb, 3.4 Ast
Cameron Matthews 4 JR F 6-7 220 6.8 Pts, 5.3 Reb, 2.1 Ast
Tyler Stevenson 14 SR F 6-8 225 4.8 Pts, 2.3 Reb, 0.4 Ast
Eric Reed 11 SR G 6-2 190 4.5 Pts, 2.3 Reb, 1.0 Ast
William McNair 13 SR F 6-10 265 3.7 Pts, 3.5 Reb, 0.4 Ast
KeShawn Murphy 12 FR F 6-10 245 3.7 Pts, 1.7 Reb, 0.9 Ast
Kimani Hamilton 5 FR F 6-7 215 2.6 Pts, 1.0 Reb, 0.6 Ast
Shawn Jones 30 FR G 6-5 200 2.1 Pts, 1.4 Reb, 0.6 Ast
Jamel Horton 2 SR G 6-4 190 1.4 Pts, 1.0 Reb, 1.4 Ast
Martavious Russell 21 FR G 6-2 185 1.7 Pts, 0.6 Reb, 0.1 Ast
Justin Rumph 15 SR G 6-5 215 1.0 Pts, 0.2 Reb, 0.0 Ast
Isaac Stansbury 25 SR G 6-1 160 0.0 Pts, 0.0 Reb, 0.2 Ast
Tyler Brumfield 24 SO G 6-2

College Basketball Ratings

Rating Kentucky Mississippi State
ESPN BPI 29 38
Sagarin 40 42
Massey Composite 45 43

Kentucky vs. Mississippi State Basketball Series History

Kentucky leads 100-21

Kentucky Roster

NO NAME POS HT WT CLASS HOMETOWN
0 Jacob Toppin F 6′-9″ 205 SR Brooklyn, NY
1 CJ Fredrick G 6′-3″ 185 SR Cincinnati, OH
2 Sahvir Wheeler G 5′-9″ 180 SR Houston, TX
3 Adou Thiero G 6′-6″ 200 FR Leetsdale, PA
4 Daimion Collins F 6′-9″ 210 SO Atlanta, TX
12 Antonio Reeves G 6′-5″ 205 SR Chicago, IL
13 Grant Darbyshire G 6′-2″ 190 FR Cincinnati, OH
14 Brennan Canada G 6′-6″ 205 SR Mount Sterling, KY
21 Walker Horn G 6′-4″ 200 FR Austin, TX
22 Cason Wallace G 6′-4″ 193 FR Dallas, TX
24 Chris Livingston F 6′-6″ 220 FR Akron, OH
25 Kareem Watkins G 5′-8″ 175 JR Camden, NJ
33 Ugonna Onyenso F 6′-11″ 225 FR
34 Oscar Tshiebwe F 6′-9″ 260 SR
55 Lance Ware F 6′-9″ 235 JR Camden, NJ

Mississippi State Roster

NO NAME POS HT WT CLASS HOMETOWN
0 D.J. Jeffries F 6′-7″ 225 SR Olive Branch, MS
1 Tolu Smith F 6′-11″ 245 SR Bay Saint Louis, MS
2 Jamel Horton Jr. G 6′-3″ 200 SR Queens, NY
3 Shakeel Moore G 6′-1″ 190 JR Greensboro, NC
4 Cameron Matthews G 6′-7″ 225 JR Olive Branch, MS
5 Kimani Hamilton F 6′-7″ 215 FR Clinton, MS
10 Dashawn Davis G 6′-2″ 195 SR Bronx, NY
11 Eric Reed Jr. G 6′-2″ 200 SR Baton Rouge, LA
12 KeShawn Murphy F 6′-10″ 235 FR Birmingham, AL
13 Will McNair Jr. F 6′-11″ 265 SR Philadelphia, PA
14 Tyler Stevenson F 6′-8″ 220 SR Columbus, MS
15 Justin Rumph G 6′-5″ 225 SR Birmingham, AL
21 Martavious Russell G 6′-2″ 185 FR Coker, AL
24 Tyler Brumfield G 6′-2″ 180 SO Los Angeles, CA
25 Isaac Stansbury G 6′-1″ 170 SR Bowling Green, KY
30 Shawn Jones Jr. G 6′-5″ 200 FR Houston, TX

Kentucky Schedule/Results

Date Visitor PTs Home PTs
11/7/2022 Howard 63 Kentucky 95
11/11/2022 Duquesne 52 Kentucky 77
11/15/2022 Kentucky 77 Michigan State 86
11/17/2022 SC State 63 Kentucky 106
11/20/2022 Kentucky 72 Gonzaga 88
11/23/2022 North Florida 56 Kentucky 96
11/29/2022 Bellarmine 41 Kentucky 60
12/4/2022 Michigan 69 Kentucky 73
12/10/2022 Yale 59 Kentucky 69
12/17/2022 UCLA 63 Kentucky 53
12/21/2022 FAMU 68 Kentucky 88
12/28/2022 Kentucky 75 Missouri 89
12/31/2022 Louisville 63 Kentucky 86
1/3/2023 LSU 71 Kentucky 74
1/7/2023 Kentucky 52 Alabama 78
1/10/2023 South Carolina 71 Kentucky 68
1/14/2023 Kentucky 63 Tennessee 56
1/17/2023 Georgia 71 Kentucky 85
1/21/2023 Texas A&M 67 Kentucky 76
1/24/2023 Kentucky 69 Vanderbilt 53
1/28/2023 Kansas 77 Kentucky 68
1/31/2023 Kentucky 75 Ole Miss 66
2/4/2023 Florida 67 Kentucky 72
2/7/2023 Arkansas 88 Kentucky 73
2/11/2023 Kentucky 68 Georgia 75
2/15/2023 Kentucky Mississippi State
2/18/2023 Tennessee Kentucky
2/22/2023 Kentucky Florida
2/25/2023 Auburn Kentucky
3/1/2023 Vanderbilt Kentucky
3/4/2023 Kentucky Arkansas
3/9/2023 to 3/13/2023 SEC Tournament, Tampa, FL Tampa, FL
3/14/2023 to 4/3/2023 NCAA Tournament

Mississippi State Schedule/Results

Date Visitor PTs Home PTs
11/7/2022 Texas A&M-CC 44 Mississippi State 63
11/11/2022 Mississippi State 73 Akron 54
11/13/2022 AR-Pine Bluff 47 Mississippi State 80
11/17/2022 South Dakota 42 Mississippi State 79
11/21/2022 Marquette 55 Mississippi State 58
11/23/2022 Utah 49 Mississippi State 52
11/28/2022 Omaha 54 Mississippi State 74
12/3/2022 Miss Valley St 52 Mississippi State 82
12/11/2022 Mississippi State 69 Minnesota 51
12/14/2022 Jackson St 59 Mississippi State 69
12/17/2022 Nicholls 66 Mississippi State 68
12/20/2022 Drake 58 Mississippi State 52
12/28/2022 Alabama 78 Mississippi State 67
1/3/2023 Mississippi State 53 Tennessee 87
1/7/2023 Ole Miss 54 Mississippi State 64
1/11/2023 Mississippi State 50 Georgia 58
1/14/2023 Mississippi State 63 Auburn 69
1/17/2023 Tennessee 70 Mississippi State 59
1/21/2023 Florida 61 Mississippi State 59
1/25/2023 Mississippi State 63 Alabama 66
1/28/2023 TCU 74 Mississippi State 81
1/31/2023 Mississippi State 66 South Carolina 51
2/4/2023 Missouri 52 Mississippi State 63
2/8/2023 LSU 53 Mississippi State 65
2/11/2023 Mississippi State 70 Arkansas 64
2/15/2023 Kentucky Mississippi State
2/18/2023 Mississippi State Ole Miss
2/21/2023 Mississippi State Missouri
2/25/2023 Texas A&M Mississippi State
2/28/2023 South Carolina Mississippi State
3/4/2023 Mississippi State Vanderbilt
3/9/2023 to 3/13/2023 SEC Tournament, Tampa, FL Tampa, FL

Injuries and Suspensions

Kentucky

[G] CJ Fredrick (Ribs) – Questionable
[G] Sahvir Wheeler (Ankle) – Out
[G] Grant Darbyshire (Lower Body) – Out

Mississippi State

None reported

Source: statfox.com

Kentucky-Mississippi State Prediction

Kentucky 74, Mississippi State 72

Score prediction for entertainment purposes only.

Wednesday‘s game tips off at 8:30 PM ET. TV: SEC Network.

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