Auburn 12-0 (0-0 SEC) visits Mississippi State 9-3 (0-0 SEC) in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams. At first glance, Auburn looks like it has picked up right were it left off from last season when it came an eyelash from making the NCAA championship game. However, the Tiger’s schedule has been less fairly easy. They’ve played one true road game, a 1-point win at South Alabama. The Tigers’s best victory so far was a recent 79-73 home court win over N.C. State. Senior guard Samir Doughty (16 ppg) leads the Tigers in scoring. Doughty is Auburn’s top 3-point shooting threat so far. The Tigers have made 105 threes, third best in the SEC. The Tigers have three other players that average 9.5 or more points. One weakness for the Tigers is their free throw shooting (65%).
State has played a pretty competitive schedule so far this season. They fell 83-76 to a strong Villanova team and beat Kansas State by six, which is the Bulldog’s best victory. A 7-point home court loss to a decent Louisiana Tech is the Dog’s worst setback. Guard Tyson Carter and forward Reggie Perry are the co-scoring leaders for State at 15.4 ppg each. Three other players average over 9 points a game. State is fine shooting team, good for 2nd in the SEC in field goal percentage (.481) and third at 3-point shooting (.352). State also is a very good rebounding team. The Bulldogs lead the SEC in rebounding margin (+7.9).
This should be a great game with two of the better on court coaches in the SEC facing off. This one about a tossup but give the slight edge to State playing at home.