SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: Mississippi State at Alabama

Alabama-Mississippi State

Mississippi State visits Alabama 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
Mississippi State 0.468 0.345 0.709 175 494 183 87 71 193
Mississippi State OPP 0.413 0.339 0.710 143 397 150 95 34 176
Alabama 0.442 0.370 0.706 153 538 189 88 55 214
Alabama OPP 0.422 0.305 0.734 150 506 160 118 53 186

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Statistical Leaders

Mississippi State Scoring Leaders

PLAYER PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Reggie Perry 15.8 77 43 9
Tyson Carter 14.5 57 49 26
Robert Woodard II 11.8 57 23 17
Iverson Molinar 8.7 39 27 8
D.J. Stewart Jr. 8.6 43 15 11
Abdul Ado 5.7 27 20 0
KeyShawn Feazell 2.3 11 4 4
Prince Oduro 1.8 6 10 0

Mississippi State Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER OR DR TR RPG
Reggie Perry 45 85 130 10.0
Robert Woodard II 39 61 100 7.7
Abdul Ado 43 45 88 6.8
Tyson Carter 4 31 35 2.7
KeyShawn Feazell 8 27 35 2.7
D.J. Stewart Jr. 2 20 22 1.7
Iverson Molinar 4 11 15 1.2
Prince Oduro 6 7 13 1.1

Alabama Scoring Leaders

PLAYER PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Kira Lewis Jr. 16.6 82 30 22
John Petty Jr. 16.6 69 32 46
Jaden Shackelford 13.0 52 35 30
Alex Reese 9.5 40 19 24
James Bolden 9.1 32 17 19
Herbert Jones 9.1 42 24 1
Javian Davis 7.6 34 31 0
Jaylen Forbes 2.3 9 7 3
Galin Smith 2.2 12 4 0

Alabama Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER OR DR TR RPG
John Petty Jr. 22 74 96 7.4
Herbert Jones 19 49 68 5.7
Kira Lewis Jr. 15 57 72 5.5
Alex Reese 15 49 64 4.9
Javian Davis 23 37 60 4.6
Jaden Shackelford 14 37 51 3.9
Jaylen Forbes 8 22 30 2.5
Galin Smith 12 17 29 2.2
James Bolden 11 12 23 2.1

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NCAA RPI

Mississippi State: 76

Alabama: 64

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

Alabama Roster

No. Name Pos. HT WT Class City-State
0 Javian Davis F 6′-9″ 242 FR Canton, MS
1 Herbert Jones F 6′-7″ 205 JR Greensboro, AL
2 Kira Lewis Jr. G 6′-3″ 165 SO Meridianville, AL
3 Alex Reese F 6′-9″ 245 JR Pelham, AL
4 Juwan Gary F 6′-5″ 215 FR Columbia, SC
5 Jaden Shackelford G 6′-3″ 195 FR Hesperia, CA
11 James Bolden G 6′-0″ 160 SR Covington, KY
12 Jaylen Forbes G 6′-4″ 186 FR Florence, MS
13 Jahvon Quinerly G 6′-1″ 175 SO Hackensack, NJ
15 Tyler Barnes F 6′-8″ 201 JR Louisville, KY
21 Britton Johnson G 6′-4″ 183 SO Mountain Brook, AL
23 John Petty Jr. G 6′-5″ 184 JR Huntsville, AL
25 Adam Cottrell G 6′-3″ 185 FR Flowery Branch, GA
30 Galin Smith F 6′-9″ 240 JR Clinton, MS
33 James Rojas F 6′-8″ 215 JR Jamestown, NY
34 Sam Okauru G 6′-5″ 200 FR Raleigh, NC
35 Raymond Hawkins F 6′-9″ 240 FR Oakland, CA

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Scouting Report


Alabama (7-6, 0-1 SEC) opened its SEC slate on Saturday with a 104-98 double overtime loss at Florida. The hot shooting Crimson Tide led that game 46-32 at the half and still had an 8-point lead with two minutes remaining regulation but lost. John Petty Jr. led Alabama in scoring with 19 points. Twelve of Petty’s point came from three point shots. He was 4 of 10 from beyond the arc. The Tide had five other players score in double figures in the game. Bama has been racking up the points all season. Alabama’s 146 made threes ranks 16th nationally out of over 350 teams. Kira Lewis Jr. and John Petty Jr. co-lead Alabama in scoring averaging 16.6 points per game each. The two have made a combined 68 3-point shots. Defensively, Alabama is the inverse of its offense; that is they are terrible. The Tide is giving up nearly 80 points a game, worst in the SEC. Bama is also worst in the SEC in turnover margin. They give away on average 2 more turnovers a game than they gain.

Mississippi State (9-4, 0-1 SEC) opened its SEC schedule on Saturday in Starkville losing to Auburn 80-68. State trailed 29-24 at the half and pulled within two points of Auburn in the second half before the Tigers put them away. Forward Reggie Perry led the Bulldogs in scoring with 21 points, most of those scored in the paint. Guard Nick Weatherspoon added 18 points. It was just the third game for Weatherspoon this season. He was suspended indefinitely last season. Mississippi State was limited to just three made 3-point shots on 23% shooting from beyond the arc. On the flip side, State limited Auburn to just 22.7% from 3-point range. Perry is the Bulldog’s leading scorer (15.8 ppg). Tyson Carter is State’s second leading scorer (14.5 ppg). He also the Bulldogs biggest threat from three point range having made a team high 26 treys. MSU’s biggest strength is their rebounding. They currently lead the SEC in rebounding margin (+7.5). They are also second in the league in blocked shots averaging 5.5 a game.

I like Bama in this one. State is among the bottom tier of the SEC at defending the three. That’s not good playing a team like Alabama. MSU is well-coached though. They might just get the win, especially if they can defend the three like they did at Auburn.

Mississippi State-Alabama Prediction

Alabama 81, Mississippi State 76


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

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