Zemek: Auburn Basketball Can’t Fool Around Any Longer

Auburn-Mississippi State

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

Scroll down for Matt Zemek’s commentary and score prediction.

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Team Statistical Comparison

FG% 3PT% FT% ORB TRB AST STL BLK TO
Mississippi State 0.475 0.376 0.731 318 993 397 235 150 366
Mississippi State OPP 0.434 0.350 0.709 290 899 340 147 97 392
Auburn 0.449 0.375 0.694 363 1014 413 253 140 363
Auburn OPP 0.425 0.345 0.702 304 980 335 174 103 497

Statistical Leaders

Mississippi State Scoring Leaders

PLAYER PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Quinndary Weatherspoon 18.6 179 117 46
Lamar Peters 11.6 108 40 68
Tyson Carter 9.8 103 25 43
Reggie Perry 9.8 97 71 9
Nick Weatherspoon 9.6 89 33 20
Aric Holman 9.3 94 37 35
Abdul Ado 5.2 45 41 0
Robert Woodard II 5.0 54 22 11

Mississippi State Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER OR DR TR RPG
Reggie Perry 65 122 187 6.7
Aric Holman 59 115 174 6.2
Quinndary Weatherspoon 42 94 136 4.9
Abdul Ado 49 67 116 4.6
Robert Woodard II 31 72 103 3.7
Nick Weatherspoon 5 63 68 2.8
Tyson Carter 4 50 54 1.9
Lamar Peters 13 39 52 1.9
KeyShawn Feazell 6 13 19 1.1
E.J. Datcher 0 5 5 1.0

Auburn Scoring Leaders

PLAYER PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Bryce Brown 15.7 141 64 93
Jared Harper 15.3 129 96 75
Chuma Okeke 11.4 119 42 38
Austin Wiley 8.2 64 45 0
Malik Dunbar 7.3 71 22 32
Samir Doughty 7.2 71 30 30
Anfernee McLemore 7.1 77 22 23
Horace Spencer 4.6 51 24 2
J’Von McCormick 3.3 34 15 7

Auburn Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER OR DR TR RPG
Chuma Okeke 77 107 184 6.6
Horace Spencer 61 65 126 4.5
Anfernee McLemore 36 87 123 4.4
Austin Wiley 39 63 102 4.9
Samir Doughty 33 64 97 3.5
Malik Dunbar 22 73 95 3.5
Jared Harper 10 65 75 2.7
Bryce Brown 14 44 58 2.1
Danjel Purifoy 8 19 27 1.7
J’Von McCormick 12 14 26 1.0
Cole Blackstock 2 3 5 0.5
Preston Cook 3 1 4 0.5
Thomas Collier 1 0 1 0.1
Chase Maasdorp 1 0 1 0.1
Will Macoy 0 1 1 0.1
Myles Parker 0 1 1 0.1

NCAA RPI

Mississippi State: 20
Auburn: 23

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

Auburn Roster

NO NAME POS HT WT CLASS HOMETOWN
#0 Horace Spencer F 6′-8″ 225 SR Philadelphia, PA
#1 Jared Harper G 5′-11″ 175 JR Mableton, GA
#2 Bryce Brown G 6′-3″ 198 SR Stone Mountain, GA
#3 Danjel Purifoy F 6′-7″ 230 JR Centreville, AL
#4 Malik Dunbar G 6′-6″ 230 SR North Augusta, SC
#5 Chuma Okeke F 6′-8″ 230 SO Atlanta, GA
#10 Samir Doughty G 6′-4″ 195 JR Philadelphia, PA
#12 J’Von McCormick G 6′-0″ 175 JR Katy, TX
#14 Preston Cook G 6′-4″ 190 FR Auburn, AL
#20 Myles Parker F 6′-8″ 200 FR Madison, AL
#21 Devontae Williams G 6′-5″ 215 JR Opp, AL
#22 Will Macoy G 6′-4″ 200 JR Birmingham, AL
#23 Jamal Johnson G 6′-4″ 185 SO Birmingham, AL
#24 Anfernee McLemore F 6′-7″ 220 JR Warwick, GA
#25 Brett Easterling G 6′-1″ 170 SO Tallahassee, FL
#33 Chase Maasdorp G 6′-0″ 170 FR Lakewood Ranch, FL
#41 Cole Blackstock F 6′-9″ 260 SR Killen, AL
#50 Austin Wiley C 6′-11″ 260 JR Hoover, AL
#54 Thomas Collier F 6′-9″ 215 JR Birmingham, AL

Mississippi State Schedule/Results

DATE OPPONENT SCORE
9-Nov vs Austin Peay W 95-67
11-Nov vs Hartford W 77-59
16-Nov vs Long Beach St W 79-51
Nov 19* at Arizona State L 72-67
Nov 21* vs. St. Mary’s W 61-57
26-Nov vs Alcorn State W 88-65
30-Nov at Dayton W 65-58
4-Dec vs McNeese W 90-77
Dec 8* at Clemson W 82-71
15-Dec vs Cincinnati W 70-59
19-Dec vs Wofford W 98-87
22-Dec vs Wright State W 67-63
29-Dec vs BYU W 103-81
8-Jan at South Carolina L 87-82
12-Jan vs Ole Miss L 81-77
15-Jan vs Florida W 71-68
19-Jan at Vanderbilt W 71-55
22-Jan at Kentucky L 76-54
26-Jan vs Auburn W 92-84
29-Jan at Alabama L 83-79
2-Feb at Ole Miss W 81-75
6-Feb vs LSU L 92-88
9-Feb vs Kentucky L 71-67
12-Feb vs Alabama W 81-62
16-Feb at Arkansas W 77-67
20-Feb at Georgia W 68-67
23-Feb vs South Carolina W 76-61
26-Feb vs Missouri W 68-49
2-Mar at Auburn
5-Mar at Tennessee
9-Mar vs Texas A&M

Auburn Schedule/Results

DATE OPPONENT SCORE
6-Nov vs South Alabama W 101-58
9-Nov vs Washington W 88-66
14-Nov vs Miss. College W 103-52
Nov 19* at Xavier W 88-79
Nov 20* vs. Duke L 78-72
Nov 21* vs. Arizona W 73-57
28-Nov vs St Peter’s W 99-49
4-Dec vs UNC Asheville W 67-41
8-Dec vs Dayton W 82-72
Dec 15* at UAB W 75-71
19-Dec at NC State L 78-71
22-Dec vs Murray State W 93-88
29-Dec vs North Florida W 95-49
9-Jan at Ole Miss L 82-67
12-Jan vs Georgia W 93-78
16-Jan at Texas A&M W 85-66
19-Jan vs Kentucky L 82-80
22-Jan at South Carolina L 80-77
26-Jan at Mississippi State L 92-84
30-Jan vs Missouri W 92-58
2-Feb vs Alabama W 84-63
5-Feb vs Florida W 76-62
9-Feb at LSU L 83-78
13-Feb vs Ole Miss L 60-55
16-Feb at Vanderbilt W 64-53
20-Feb vs Arkansas W 79-56
23-Feb at Kentucky L 80-53
27-Feb at Georgia L 78-75
2-Mar vs Mississippi State
5-Mar at Alabama
9-Mar vs Tennessee

Mississippi State-Auburn Prediction

Does Auburn want to be in the NCAA Tournament? A team which has lost at home to Kentucky and Ole Miss can’t fool around any longer. Bruce Pearl’s team has not been a lockdown force at home, allowing a few games to slip away and muddy AU’s overall resume. Now, the Tigers get a chance to improve their portfolio at home. Mississippi State’s computer numbers have been good for the past several weeks. Ben Howland will return to the NCAA Tournament, the result of patient coaching. MSU’s improvement in recent weeks has been based on a noticeably better defense. The increased playing time of unheralded Tyson Carter in the backcourt has unearthed a tougher defensive identity, just as Howland had hoped. The last game these teams played was a 92-84 MSU win. Expect a lot fewer points this time. Auburn might be unreliable, but it will go all-out to win this game. Auburn 75, Mississippi State 71. (Matt Zemek)

This game tips off at 3:00 PM CT (4:00 PM ET). TV: ESPNU.

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