SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: Mississippi State at Kentucky

Kentucky-Mississippi State Preview

The Mississippi State Bulldogs meet the the Kentucky Wildcats on Wednesday in Lexington in a 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.

John H. Sanford, 14Powers SEC Basketball

Venue

Rupp Arena. Capacity: 20,545.

Game Date/Time

Wednesday, 1/17/2024, 7:00 PM ET

Team Statistical Comparison

StatisticTeamNational
Rank
Conference
Rank
Value
Assist/Turnover Ratio (351 ranked)Kentucky
Mississippi St.
3
166
1
11
1.88
1.13
Assists Per Game (351 ranked)Kentucky
Mississippi St.
12
104
2
7
18.3
14.8
Bench Points per game (351 ranked)Mississippi St.
Kentucky
13
29
3
6
32.44
29.07
Blocks Per Game (351 ranked)Kentucky
Mississippi St.
15
104
5
10
5.5
4.0
Effective FG pct (351 ranked)Kentucky
Mississippi St.
14
155
2
8
0.570
0.517
Fastbreak Points (351 ranked)Kentucky
Mississippi St.
6
201
1
11
17.20
9.56
Field Goal Percentage (351 ranked)Kentucky
Mississippi St.
17
156
1
8
49.3
45.2
Field Goal Percentage Defense (351 ranked)Mississippi St.
Kentucky
29
89
3
9
39.5
41.4
Fouls Per Game (351 ranked)Kentucky
Mississippi St.
103
152
4
6
15.9
16.6
Free Throw Attempts Per Game (351 ranked)Mississippi St.
Kentucky
53
151
7
11
22.4
20.1
Free Throw Percentage (351 ranked)Kentucky
Mississippi St.
85
182
6
11
73.8
71.0
Free Throws Made Per Game (351 ranked)Mississippi St.
Kentucky
59
126
8
11
15.9
14.8
Rebound Margin (351 ranked)Mississippi St.
Kentucky
35
161
3
8
6.4
1.7
Rebounds (Defensive) Per Game (351 ranked)Kentucky
Mississippi St.
25
76
2
8
28.93
27.31
Rebounds (Offensive) Per Game (351 ranked)Mississippi St.
Kentucky
113
217
7
10
11.50
10.20
Rebounds Per Game (351 ranked)Kentucky
Mississippi St.
63
74
6
7
39.13
38.81
Scoring Defense (351 ranked)Mississippi St.
Kentucky
37
283
2
12
64.8
76.0
Scoring Margin (351 ranked)Kentucky
Mississippi St.
21
57
3
5
14.8
10.4
Scoring Offense (351 ranked)Kentucky
Mississippi St.
3
165
1
11
90.8
75.3
Steals Per Game (351 ranked)Mississippi St.
Kentucky
39
57
2
5
8.8
8.4
Three Point Attempts Per Game (351 ranked)Kentucky
Mississippi St.
47
132
4
10
25.8
23.3
Three Point Percentage (351 ranked)Kentucky
Mississippi St.
8
256
2
12
39.8
32.0
Three Point Percentage Defense (351 ranked)Mississippi St.
Kentucky
12
88
1
7
27.7
31.3
Three Pointers Per Game (351 ranked)Kentucky
Mississippi St.
13
187
2
10
10.3
7.4
Turnover Margin (351 ranked)Kentucky
Mississippi St.
37
197
2
11
3.7
0.2
Turnovers Forced Per Game (351 ranked)Kentucky
Mississippi St.
102
105
4
6
13.40
13.31
Turnovers Per Game (351 ranked)Kentucky
Mississippi St.
22
255
1
12
9.7
13.1
Winning Percentage (350 ranked)Kentucky
Mississippi St.
34
45
4
5
80.0
75.0

College Basketball Ratings

Rating Mississippi State Kentucky
ESPN BPI 36 19
Sagarin 55 21
Massey Composite 32 18

Mississippi State vs. Kentucky Basketball Series History

Kentucky leads 100-21

Mississippi State Roster/Stats Leaders

Player # Class Pos Height Weight Hometown High School RSCI Top 100 Summary
Josh Hubbard 13 FR G 5-10 185 Madison MS Madison-Ridgeland Academy (MS) 15.1 Pts 2.2 Reb 1.4 Ast
Cameron Matthews 4 SR F 6-7 220 Olive Branch MS Olive Branch HS 9.4 Pts 6.2 Reb 2.9 Ast
Jimmy Bell 15 SR F 6-10 270 Saginaw MI Bella Vista Prep 8.2 Pts 7.9 Reb 0.9 Ast
Dashawn Davis 10 SR G 6-2 185 Bronx NY Our Saviour Lutheran HS 7.6 Pts 2.0 Reb 3.4 Ast
Shakeel Moore 3 SR G 6-1 180 Greensboro NC Moravian Prep 8.0 Pts 2.5 Reb 1.7 Ast
D.J. Jeffries 0 SR F 6-7 215 Olive Branch MS Olive Branch HS 45 (2019) 6.9 Pts 6.1 Reb 2.0 Ast
Shawn Jones 5 SO G 6-5 200 Houston TX Shadow Creek (TX) 4.9 Pts 1.8 Reb 0.8 Ast
Trey Fort 11 JR G 6-4 195 Jackson MS DME Sports Academy 5.6 Pts 2.2 Reb 0.5 Ast
Tolu Smith 1 SR F 6-10 245 Bay St. Louis MS Kahuku HS 16.8 Pts 6.8 Reb 1.0 Ast
KeShawn Murphy 12 SO F 6-10 245 Birmingham AL Ramsay HS 5.4 Pts 2.1 Reb 0.8 Ast
Gai Chol 34 FR C 6-11 245 Juba South Sudan Greenforest Mccalep Christian (GA) 2.9 Pts 2.0 Reb 0.0 Ast
Andrew Taylor 23 SR G 6-3 188 Corbin KY Corbin HS 3.9 Pts 1.4 Reb 1.3 Ast
Jaquan Scott 22 JR F 6-8 230 Dallas TX Mansfield Timberview (TX); Universal Academy (TX); TLAP Sports Academy (FL) 1.5 Pts 1.8 Reb 0.4 Ast
Adrian Myers 2 FR G 6-6 205 Stephens City VA Massanutten Military Academy (VA) 0.8 Pts 0.7 Reb 0.0 Ast
Isaac Stansbury 25 SR G 6-1 160 Bowling Green KY Greenwood HS 0.0 Pts 0.3 Reb 0.2 Ast
Harrison Alexander 20 FR G 6-4
Trey Jackson III 40 JR G 6-2
Martavious Russell 21 SO G 6-2

Kentucky Roster

Player # Class Pos Height Weight Hometown High School RSCI Top 100 Summary
Antonio Reeves 12 SR G 6-4 185 Chicago IL Simeon HS 18.9 Pts 4.4 Reb 1.4 Ast
Rob Dillingham 0 FR G 6-2 170 Hickory NC Combine Academy (NC); Donda Academy (CA) 16 (2023) 14.4 Pts 3.3 Reb 4.1 Ast
Tre Mitchell 4 SR C 6-9 240 Pittsburgh PA Woodstock Academy 86 (2019) 12.9 Pts 8.1 Reb 3.4 Ast
Reed Sheppard 15 FR G 6-3 187 London KY North Laurel (KY) 33 (2023) 12.0 Pts 4.5 Reb 4.1 Ast
D.J. Wagner 21 FR G 6-3 175 Camden NJ Camden (NJ) 6 (2023) 12.8 Pts 2.1 Reb 3.5 Ast
Justin Edwards 1 FR G 6-8 203 Philadelphia PA Imhotep Institute Charter (PA) 3 (2023) 9.1 Pts 4.2 Reb 0.9 Ast
Adou Thiero 3 SO G 6-6 200 Leetsdale PA Quaker Valley (PA) 7.6 Pts 5.6 Reb 0.8 Ast
Aaron Bradshaw 2 FR F 7-0 226 Roselle NJ Camden (NJ) 4 (2023) 7.0 Pts 4.4 Reb 0.4 Ast
Jordan Burks 23 FR F 6-9 202 Decatur AL Heritage Christian Academy (AL); Southern California Academy (CA); Hillcrest Prep (AZ) 1.7 Pts 1.8 Reb 0.4 Ast
Ugonna Onyenso 33 SO F 6-11 225 Oweri Nigeria NBA Academy Africa; Putnam Science (CT) 3.0 Pts 3.8 Reb 0.2 Ast
Joey Hart 20 FR G 6-5 203 Linton IN Linton-Stockton (IN) 0.6 Pts 0.0 Reb 0.0 Ast
Brennan Canada 14 SR F 6-6 198 Mount Sterling KY George Rogers Clark HS 0.0 Pts 0.3 Reb 0.3 Ast
Grant Darbyshire 13 SO G 6-2 190 Cincinnati OH Sycamore (OH) 0.0 Pts 0.0 Reb 0.0 Ast
Walker Horn 22 SO G 6-1 200 Austin TX Westlake (TX) 0.0 Pts 0.0 Reb 0.0 Ast
Kareem Watkins 25 SR G 5-8 145 Camden NJ Kingsway (NJ) 0.0 Pts 0.0 Reb 0.3 Ast
Zvonimir Ivisic 44 FR F 7-2

Mississippi State Schedule/Results

DateVisitorPTsHomePTs
Nov 8Arizona St56Mississippi State71
Nov 11UT Martin63Mississippi State87
Nov 14North Alabama54Mississippi State81
Nov 18Washington St64Mississippi State76
Nov 19Northwestern57Mississippi State66
Nov 24Nicholls61Mississippi State74
Nov 28Mississippi State59Georgia Tech67
Dec 3Southern60Mississippi State59
Dec 9Tulane76Mississippi State106
Dec 13Murray St81Mississippi State85
Dec 174:00 PM ETNorth Texas54Mississippi State72
Dec 2312:00 PM ETMississippi State70Rutgers60
Dec 313:00 PM ETBethune62Mississippi State85
Jan 612:00 PM ETMississippi State62South Carolina68
Jan 107:00 PM ETTennessee72Mississippi State77
Jan 138:30 PM ETAlabama82Mississippi State74
Jan 177:00 PM ETMississippi StateKentucky
Jan 209:00 PM ETVanderbiltMississippi State
Jan 248:30 PM ETMississippi StateFlorida
Jan 273:30 PM ETAuburnMississippi State
Jan 308:30 PM ETMississippi StateOle Miss
Feb 38:30 PM ETMississippi StateAlabama
Feb 79:00 PM ETGeorgiaMississippi State
Feb 108:30 PM ETMississippi StateMissouri
Feb 172:00 PM ETArkansasMississippi State
Feb 219:00 PM ETOle MissMississippi State
Feb 248:30 PM ETMississippi StateLSU
Feb 277:00 PM ETKentuckyMississippi State
Mar 24:00 PM ETMississippi StateAuburn
Mar 69:00 PM ETMississippi StateTexas A&M
Mar 92:30 PM ETSouth CarolinaMississippi State
Mar 13-17TBA SEC Basketball Tournament

Kentucky Schedule/Results

DateVisitorPTsHomePTs
Nov 6New Mexico St46Kentucky86
Nov 10Texas A&M-Comm81Kentucky89
Nov 14Kentucky84Kansas89
Nov 17Stonehill88Kentucky96
Nov 20Saint Joseph's88Kentucky96
Nov 24Marshall82Kentucky118
Nov 28Miami73Kentucky95
Dec 2UNC Wilmington80Kentucky73
Dec 9Penn66Kentucky81
Dec 165:30 PM ETNorth Carolina83Kentucky87
Dec 216:00 PM ETKentucky95Louisville76
Dec 297:00 PM ETIllinois St70Kentucky96
Jan 612:30 PM ETKentucky87Florida85
Jan 97:00 PM ETMissouri77Kentucky90
Jan 132:00 PM ETKentucky92Texas A&M97
Jan 177:00 PM ETMississippi StateKentucky
Jan 206:00 PM ETGeorgiaKentucky
Jan 237:00 PM ETKentuckySouth Carolina
Jan 276:00 PM ETKentuckyArkansas
Jan 318:00 PM ETFloridaKentucky
Feb 38:30 PM ETTennesseeKentucky
Feb 68:30 PM ETKentuckyVanderbilt
Feb 104:00 PM ETGonzagaKentucky
Feb 139:00 PM ETOle MissKentucky
Feb 176:00 PM ETKentuckyAuburn
Feb 219:00 PM ETKentuckyLSU
Feb 244:00 PM ETAlabamaKentucky
Feb 277:00 PM ETKentuckyMississippi State
Mar 21:30 PM ETArkansasKentucky
Mar 69:00 PM ETVanderbiltKentucky
Mar 94:00 PM ETKentuckyTennessee
Mar 13-17TBA SEC Basketball Tournament

Injuries and Suspensions

Mississippi State


Player POS Status
A. Taylor G Ques Wed – Personal (Sun, Jan 14)
K. Murphy F Ques Wed – Personal (Sun, Jan 14)

Kentucky

Player		POS	Status
A. Thiero G Ques Wed – Undisclosed (Sat, Jan 13)
Z. Ivisic F Out indefinitely – Eligibility (Wed, Oct 18)

Source: statfox.com

Mississippi State-Kentucky Prediction

Kentucky 89, Mississippi State 76

Score prediction for entertainment purposes only.

Wednesday‘s game tips off at 7:00 PM ET. TV: ESPN2.

SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: Mississippi State at Kentucky
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