SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: Mississippi State at Kentucky

Kentucky-Mississippi State

Mississippi State plays at Kentucky 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 0.480 0.383 0.747 195 625 266 129 87 223
Mississippi State OPP 0.425 0.338 0.702 167 526 202 87 49 230
Kentucky 0.490 0.349 0.752 202 647 243 116 88 231
Kentucky OPP 0.421 0.368 0.701 150 484 204 94 47 251

NCAA RPI

Mississippi State: 27
Kentucky: 8

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

Kentucky Roster

NO NAME POS HT WT CLASS HOMETOWN
#2 Ashton Hagans G 6′-3″ 192 FR Cartersville, GA
#3 Keldon Johnson G 6′-6″ 211 FR South Hill, VA
#4 Nick Richards F 6′-11″ 244 SO Kingston, Jamaica
#5 Immanuel Quickley G 6′-3″ 185 FR Havre De Grace, MD
#10 Jonny David G 6′-2″ 188 SR Pittsburgh, PA
#12 Brad Calipari G 6′-0″ 179 JR Franklin Lakes, NJ
#13 Jemarl Baker G 6′-4″ 192 FR Menifee, CA
#14 Tyler Herro G 6′-5″ 195 FR Milwaukee, WI
#21 Zan Payne G 6′-4″ 240 FR Lexington, KY
#22 Reid Travis F 6′-8″ 238 SR Minneapolis, MN
#23 EJ Montgomery F 6′-10″ 225 FR Fort Pierce, FL
#25 PJ Washington F 6′-8″ 228 SO Dallas, TX

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
Jan 26 vs Auburn
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

Kentucky Schedule/Results

DATE OPPONENT SCORE
Nov 6* vs Duke L 118-84
Nov 9 vs S Illinois W 71-59
Nov 14 vs North Dakota W 96-58
Nov 18 vs VMI W 92-82
Nov 21 vs Winthrop W 87-74
Nov 23 vs Tennessee St W 77-62
Nov 28 vs Monmouth W 90-44
Dec 1 vs UNCG W 78-61
Dec 8* at Seton Hall L 84-83
Dec 15 vs Utah W 88-61
Dec 22* at UNC W 80-72
Dec 29 at Louisville W 71-58
Jan 5 at Alabama L 77-75
Jan 8 vs Texas A&M W 85-74
Jan 12 vs Vanderbilt W 56-47
Jan 15 at Georgia W 69-49
Jan 19 at Auburn W 82-80
Jan 22 vs Mississippi State
Jan 26 vs Kansas
Jan 29 at Vanderbilt
Feb 2 at Florida
Feb 5 vs South Carolina
Feb 9 at Mississippi State
Feb 12 vs LSU
Feb 16 vs Tennessee
Feb 19 at Missouri
Feb 23 vs Auburn
Feb 26 vs Arkansas
Mar 2 at Tennessee
Mar 5 at Ole Miss
Mar 9 vs Florida

Mississippi State-Kentucky Prediction

This is the Kentucky team fans hoped to see. The Wildcats’ starting five looked strong and formidable this past weekend on the road against Auburn. The Cats briefly lost their lead, but a terrible intentional foul call on Kentucky played a part in Auburn’s late rally. Kentucky was able to withstand it and get out of Auburn Arena with a victory which stamped Big Blue as the clear primary challenger to Tennessee for SEC supremacy. Walking into Rupp Arena, intent on denting that aura of renewed confidence, will be a Mississippi State team which stabilized over the past week but needs to beat some upper-tier teams in the SEC to solidify its NCAA Tournament status. MSU can’t just beat the Floridas and Vanderbilts of the SEC. It needs more. It probably won’t get Big Blue. Kentucky 80, MSU 73. (By Matt Zemek)

Game time: 7 ET, 6 CT, on ESPN

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