SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: Arkansas at Mississippi State

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Arkansas visits Mississippi State on Wednesday in a key SEC basketball matchup. Look inside for a preview of the game along with a prediction of the game’s final score.

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Team Statistical Comparison

FG% 3PT% FT% ORB TRB AST STL BLK TO
Arkansas 0.439 0.313 0.744 124 566 217 151 79 206
Arkansas OPP 0.396 0.235 0.686 181 649 159 88 44 297
Mississippi State 0.468 0.330 0.718 234 657 239 109 91 247
Mississippi State OPP 0.410 0.312 0.700 185 516 197 123 50 223

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Statistical Leaders

Arkansas Scoring Leaders

PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Mason Jones Arkansas 18.2 84 91 32
Isaiah Joe Arkansas 17.5 93 46 66
Jimmy Whitt Jr. Arkansas 14.8 105 41 0
Desi Sills Arkansas 9.6 61 26 16
Adrio Bailey Arkansas 6.5 40 24 6
Jalen Harris Arkansas 4.2 21 20 9
Reggie Chaney Arkansas 3.7 23 6 0
Jeantal Cylla Arkansas 1.2 7 2 1

Arkansas Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
Mason Jones Arkansas 15 83 98 6.1
Jimmy Whitt Jr. Arkansas 23 67 90 5.3
Adrio Bailey Arkansas 21 61 82 4.8
Isaiah Joe Arkansas 13 64 77 4.5
Desi Sills Arkansas 10 44 54 3.2
Reggie Chaney Arkansas 13 31 44 3.1
Jalen Harris Arkansas 6 35 41 2.4
Jeantal Cylla Arkansas 5 19 24 1.7
Ethan Henderson Arkansas 3 9 12 1.7
Emeka Obukwelu Arkansas 1 2 3 1.0

Mississippi State Scoring Leaders

PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Reggie Perry Mississippi State 16.4 105 55 13
Tyson Carter Mississippi State 13.8 74 55 32
Robert Woodard II Mississippi State 11.6 75 28 20
Iverson Molinar Mississippi State 7.8 47 29 10
D.J. Stewart Jr. Mississippi State 7.4 48 17 12
Abdul Ado Mississippi State 5.8 36 27 0
KeyShawn Feazell Mississippi State 1.9 11 4 4
Prince Oduro Mississippi State 1.8 7 11 0

Mississippi State Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
Reggie Perry Mississippi State 58 114 172 10.1
Robert Woodard II Mississippi State 46 84 130 7.6
Abdul Ado Mississippi State 62 56 118 6.9
Tyson Carter Mississippi State 4 38 42 2.5
KeyShawn Feazell Mississippi State 9 30 39 2.4
D.J. Stewart Jr. Mississippi State 3 25 28 1.6
Iverson Molinar Mississippi State 5 15 20 1.2
Nick Weatherspoon Mississippi State 4 16 20 2.9
Prince Oduro Mississippi State 6 10 16 1.1
Quinten Post Mississippi State 2 8 10 1.7
Devin Butts Mississippi State 2 0 2 0.3
Elias King Mississippi State 0 2 2 0.3
Mitchell Storm Mississippi State 1 1 2 0.7

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NCAA RPI

Arkansas: 32

Mississippi State: 57

Arkansas Roster

No. Name Pos. HT WT Class City-State
0 Jeantal Cylla F 6′-7″ 215 SR Lake Worth, FL
1 Isaiah Joe G 6′-5″ 180 SO Fort Smith, AR
2 Adrio Bailey F 6′-6″ 217 SR Clarence, LA
3 Desi Sills G 6′-1″ 196 SO Jonesboro, AR
5 Jalen Harris G 6′-2″ 166 JR Wilson, NC
11 JD Notae G 6′-2″ 185 JR Covington, GA
12 Ty Stevens G 6′-2″ 180 JR Republic, MO
13 Emeka Obukwelu F 6′-8″ 222 JR Plano, TX
15 Mason Jones G 6′-5″ 200 JR Desoto, TX
22 Abayomi Iyiola F 6′-9″ 210 JR Atlanta, GA
23 Connor Vanover F 7′-3″ 230 SO Little Rock, AR
24 Ethan Henderson F 6′-8″ 210 SO Little Rock, AR
33 Jimmy Whitt Jr. G 6′-3″ 175 SR Columbia, MO
35 Reggie Chaney F 6′-8″ 222 SO Tulsa, OK

Mississippi State Roster

No. Name Pos. HT WT Class City-State
0 Nick Weatherspoon G 6′-2″ 185 JR Canton, MS
1 Reggie Perry F 6′-10″ 250 SO Thomasville, GA
2 Elias King F 6′-8″ 205 FR Suwanee, GA
3 D.J. Stewart Jr. G 6′-6″ 200 FR Grace, MS
4 Devin Butts G 6′-5″ 180 FR Macon, GA
5 Iverson Molinar G 6′-3″ 195 FR Marietta, GA
10 Tate Clayton G 6′-2″ 170 JR Tupelo, MS
12 Robert Woodard II G 6′-7″ 230 SO Columbus, MS
13 Reggie Miller G 6′-5″ 185 SR Saltillo, MS
15 Prince Oduro F 6′-8″ 250 SO Toronto, ON
20 Mitch Storm F 6′-7″ 200 SR Madison, MS
21 Justin Rumph G 6′-5″ 215 JR Birmingham, AL
22 KeyShawn Feazell F 6′-8″ 225 JR Newhebron, MS
23 Tyson Carter G 6′-4″ 175 SR Starkville, MS
24 Abdul Ado F 6′-11″ 255 JR Lagos, Nigeria
25 Isaac Stansbury G 6′-1″ 160 FR Bowling Green, KY
30 Andrew Junkin F 6′-11″ 240 FR New Hope, MS
32 Quinten Post F 7′-0″ 225 FR Amsterdam, The Netherlands
35 Tolu Smith F 6′-10″ 240 SO Bay Saint Louis, MS
45 E.J. Datcher C 6′-10″ 255 SR Harpersville, AL

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Scouting Report


Arkansas (14-3, 3-2 SEC) fell to Kentucky 73-66 on Saturday in Fayetteville. The two teams traded leads early in the first half, however, Kentucky took a 6 point lead with 8:15 left in the first half. The wildcats led for the rest of the half. In the second half Arkansas retook the lead at 46-44 on a pair of Mason Jones free throws. Kentucky, however, took the lead for good on Tyrese Maxey’s free throws with 5:58 to play in the game. Kentucky won this one off of rebounding (47-29). The Wildcats also had better shooting. Kentucky out-shot the Hogs 44%-33% from field goal range, 36%-31% from behind the arc and 74%-66% at the free throw line. Nick Richards led the Cats in scoring with 17 points. Arkansas’ Jones led all scorers in the game with 19 points.

Guard Mason Jones (18.2 ppg) is the Hog’s leader in scoring. Sharp-shooting Isaiah Joe (17.5 ppg) is the second leading points producer. Joe has 66 made threes so far this season. Jones also leads the Hogs in rebounds (6.1 rpg).

Arkansas scores an average of 74.1 points per game (6th SEC). Defensively, they allow 62.1 points per contest (3rd SEC). The Hogs like to shoot threes. They have taken 417 attempts from beyond the arc so far this season. Only Alabama (500), Vandy (426) and Auburn (437) have taken more. The Hogs not only can shoot the three, they can defend it. Arkansas is No. 1 in the conference in 3-point shooting defense allowing just 23.4% of shots to be made. Arkansas also leads the league in steals and average 9.1 of those per game.

Mississippi State (11-6, 2-3 SEC) defeated Georgia 91-59 on Saturday in Starkville. State led the entire game except for a brief time early in the first half. State’s lead reached with 20 (66-46) with 7:58 remaining in the game and 30 (81-51) with just under four minutes to go. The MSU dogs won this win their superior inside game hitting almost 68% for field goals. Neither team relied heavily on the 3-point shot but State hit twice as many of those shots (6) as Georgia (3). Forward Reggie Perry led State in scoring with 22 points. Perry also pulled down 12 rebounds to complete a double-double. Georgia’s Anthony Edwards led the Bulldogs with 19 points.

Forward Reggie Perry leads in Bulldogs in both scoring (16.4 ppg) and rebounding (10.1 rpg). Two other players, Tyson Carter (13.8 ppg) and Robert Woodard II (11.6 ppg) average in double figures. Guard Nick Weatherspoon earlier in the season returned to the team after a long suspension and is averaging 13.3 points in the seven games he’s played in so far this season. Mississippi State is fourth in the SEC in 3-point shooting accuracy (33.0%) but the Dogs have only made 288 attempts. That’s fewer than any other SEC team except for Kentucky (263). State’s biggest strength is rebounding. They are first in the SEC in rebounding margin (+8.3). MSU is also third in the SEC in blocks shots (5.4 bpg).

This is a another hard to pick game. There is so much parity in the SEC. Everyone can beat everyone else (except poor Vandy). State has improved with the return of Weatherspoon. They are playing in the Hump which isn’t a wonderful facility but the fans are pretty darn good. Arkansas’ morale is probably down some after losing that home game to UK. A game that most of the Hog nation was counting as a win. Give State the edge here.

Arkansas-Mississippi State Prediction

Mississippi State 74, Arkansas 71


Wednesday‘s game tips off at 7:00 p.m. ET (6 p.m. CT). TV: SEC Network.

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