SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: Mississippi State at Alabama

Alabama-Mississippi State

Mississippi State plays at Alabama on Tuesday in a key SEC basketball matchup. Look inside for a preview of the game along with a final score prediction.

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Team Statistical Comparison

FG% 3PT% FT% ORB TRB AST STL BLK TO
Mississippi State 0.473 0.376 0.742 220 690 291 148 98 251
Mississippi State OPP 0.431 0.354 0.719 188 598 228 102 60 265
Alabama 0.449 0.344 0.688 232 742 242 81 98 251
Alabama OPP 0.441 0.339 0.705 179 625 208 100 76 231

NCAA RPI

Mississippi State: 29
Alabama: 43

Mississippi State Roster

NO NAME POS HT WT CLASS HOMETOWN
#0 Nick Weatherspoon G 6′-2″ 195 SO Canton, MS
#1 Reggie Perry F 6′-10″ 245 FR Thomasville, GA
#2 Lamar Peters G 6′-0″ 185 JR New Orleans, LA
#3 D.J. Stewart G 6′-6″ 195 FR Grace, MS
#4 T.J. Gray G 6′-0″ 165 JR Columbus, MS
#5 Mitch Storm F 6′-7″ 202 JR Madison, MS
#10 Tate Clayton G 6′-2″ 170 SO Tupelo, MS
#11 Quinndary Weatherspoon G 6′-4″ 205 SR Canton, MS
#12 Robert Woodard G 6′-7″ 230 FR Columbus, MS
#15 Prince Oduro F 6′-8″ 255 SO Toronto, ON
#22 KeyShawn Feazell F 6′-8″ 238 SO Newhebron, MS
#23 Tyson Carter G 6′-4″ 168 JR Starkville, MS
#24 Abdul Ado F 6′-11″ 255 SO Lagos, Nigeria
#30 Andrew Junkin F 6′-11″ 240 FR Columbus, MS
#35 Aric Holman F 6′-10″ 225 SR Owensboro, KY
#42 Jethro Tshisumpa F 6′-10″ 260 JR Lubumbashi, Congo
#45 E.J. Datcher C 6′-10″ 250 JR Harpersville, AL

Alabama Roster

NO NAME POS HT WT CLASS HOMETOWN
#0 Donta Hall F 6′-9″ 230 SR Luverne, AL
#1 Riley Norris G 6′-7″ 212 SR Albertville, AL
#2 Kira Lewis Jr. G 6′-3″ 167 FR Meridianville, AL
#3 Alex Reese F 6′-9″ 238 SO Pelham, AL
#4 Daniel Giddens F 6′-11″ 247 JR Mableton, GA
#5 Avery Johnson Jr. G 5′-11″ 187 SR Houston, TX
#10 Herbert Jones G 6′-7″ 206 SO Greensboro, AL
#12 Dazon Ingram G 6′-5″ 210 JR Theodore, AL
#13 Javian Davis-Fleming F 6′-9″ 268 FR Canton, MS
#15 Tyler Barnes F 6′-8″ 205 SO Louisville, KY
#21 Britton Johnson G 6′-4″ 182 FR Mountain Brook, AL
#22 Diante Wood G 6′-4″ 206 FR Anniston, AL
#23 John Petty G 6′-5″ 197 SO Huntsville, AL
#24 Lawson Schaffer G 5′-11″ 168 SR Cullman, AL
#30 Galin Smith F 6′-9″ 245 SO Clinton, MS
#34 Tevin Mack G 6′-6″ 225 JR Columbia, SC

Mississippi State Schedule/Results

DATE OPPONENT SCORE
Nov 9 vs Austin Peay W 95-67
Nov 11 vs Hartford W 77-59
Nov 16 vs Long Beach St W 79-51
Nov 19* at Arizona State L 72-67
Nov 21* vs. St. Mary’s W 61-57
Nov 26 vs Alcorn State W 88-65
Nov 30 at Dayton W 65-58
Dec 4 vs McNeese W 90-77
Dec 8* at Clemson W 82-71
Dec 15 vs Cincinnati W 70-59
Dec 19 vs Wofford W 98-87
Dec 22 vs Wright State W 67-63
Dec 29 vs BYU W 103-81
Jan 8 at South Carolina L 87-82
Jan 12 vs Ole Miss L 81-77
Jan 15 vs Florida W 71-68
Jan 19 at Vanderbilt W 71-55
Jan 22 at Kentucky L 76-54
Jan 26 vs Auburn W 92-84
Jan 29 at Alabama
Feb 2 at Ole Miss
Feb 6 vs LSU
Feb 9 vs Kentucky
Feb 12 vs Alabama
Feb 16 at Arkansas
Feb 20 at Georgia
Feb 23 vs South Carolina
Feb 26 vs Missouri
Mar 2 at Auburn
Mar 5 at Tennessee

Alabama Schedule/Results

DATE OPPONENT SCORE
6-Nov vs Southern W 82-62
11-Nov vs Appalachian St W 81-73
15-Nov at Northeastern L 68-52
26-Nov vs Murray State W 78-72
29-Nov at UCF L 70-64
Dec 4 vs Georgia State L 83-80
Dec 9 vs Arizona W 76-73
Dec 18* vs Liberty W 84-75
Dec 21 vs Penn State W 73-64
Dec 30 at SF Austin W 79-69
Jan 5 vs Kentucky W 77-75
Jan 8 at LSU L 88-79
Jan 12 vs Texas A&M L 81-80
Jan 16 at Missouri W 70-69
Jan 19 at Tennessee L 71-68
Jan 22 vs Ole Miss W 74-53
Jan 26 at Baylor L 73-68
Jan 29 vs Mississippi State
Feb 2 at Auburn
Feb 6 vs Georgia
Feb 9 at Vanderbilt
Feb 12 at Mississippi State
Feb 16 vs Florida
Feb 19 at Texas A&M
Feb 23 vs Vanderbilt
Feb 26 at South Carolina
Mar 2 vs LSU
Mar 5 vs Auburn
Mar 9 at Arkansas

Mississippi State-Alabama Prediction

The Mississippi State Bulldogs know how to protect their home floor, as shown in recent wins over Florida and Auburn. MSU also won at Vanderbilt, which is the SEC’s worst team. The urgent question for Ben Howland as he tries to get his team to the NCAA Tournament: Can Mississippi State win a road game against a decent team? It couldn’t win at South Carolina and couldn’t win at Kentucky. NCAA Tournament teams need to collect moderately good road wins to show the committee they can win in difficult circumstances. Mississippi State needs some road wins against the middle and upper tiers of the SEC to solidify its profile. Alabama has been able to play well against ranked teams at home, beating Kentucky and (when it was ranked) Ole Miss in Coleman Coliseum. MSU needs to prove the cynics are wrong: Alabama 78, Mississippi State 73. (Matt Zemek)

Game Time: 8:30 ET, 7:30 CT, on SEC Network

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