SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: Mississippi State at LSU

Mississippi State-LSU

Mississippi State visits LSU on Saturday 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 0.460 0.340 0.703 190 532 192 92 74 204
Mississippi State OPP 0.418 0.346 0.710 153 439 164 98 40 186
LSU 0.492 0.324 0.757 166 557 186 94 66 193
LSU OPP 0.402 0.338 0.724 146 448 171 96 38 190

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Statistical Leaders

Mississippi State Scoring Leaders

PLAYER PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Reggie Perry 15.7 82 46 10
Tyson Carter 14.1 61 49 27
Robert Woodard II 12.0 63 24 18
Iverson Molinar 8.6 41 29 9
D.J. Stewart Jr. 8.1 44 15 11
Abdul Ado 5.5 28 21 0
KeyShawn Feazell 2.1 11 4 4
Prince Oduro 1.8 6 10 0

Mississippi State Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER OR DR TR RPG
Reggie Perry 47 88 135 9.6
Robert Woodard II 40 69 109 7.8
Abdul Ado 47 49 96 6.9
KeyShawn Feazell 9 29 38 2.7
Tyson Carter 4 32 36 2.6
D.J. Stewart Jr. 3 22 25 1.8
Iverson Molinar 5 11 16 1.1
Prince Oduro 6 7 13 1.1
Nick Weatherspoon 1 9 10 2.5
Quinten Post 1 4 5 1.3
Devin Butts 1 0 1 0.3
Elias King 0 1 1 0.3
Mitchell Storm 0 1 1 1.0

LSU Scoring Leaders

PLAYER PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Skylar Mays 16.1 79 47 21
Trendon Watford 13.4 69 41 8
Emmitt Williams 13.1 72 36 4
Darius Days 12.9 69 25 18
Javonte Smart 10.9 55 25 18
Charles Manning Jr. 8.0 46 12 8
James Bishop 3.4 13 6 5
Aundre Hyatt 1.8 9 2 5

LSU Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER OR DR TR RPG
Darius Days 45 75 120 8.6
Emmitt Williams 35 61 96 6.9
Trendon Watford 29 61 90 6.4
Skylar Mays 8 57 65 4.6
Javonte Smart 10 39 49 3.5
Charles Manning Jr. 9 39 48 3.4
Aundre Hyatt 5 22 27 1.9
Marlon Taylor 2 12 14 2.8
Courtese Cooper 4 8 12 2.0
James Bishop 1 2 3 0.3
Marshall Graves 0 3 3 0.4

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NCAA RPI

Mississippi State: 83

LSU: 25

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

LSU Roster

No. Name Pos. HT WT Class City-State
0 Darius Days F 6′-6″ 240 SO Raleigh, FL
1 Javonte Smart G 6′-4″ 205 SO Baton Rouge, LA
2 Trendon Watford F 6′-9″ 235 FR Birmingham, AL
3 Parker Edwards G 6′-3″ 190 SO Mandeville, LA
4 Skylar Mays G 6′-4″ 205 SR Baton Rouge, LA
5 Emmitt Williams F 6′-6″ 230 SO Fort Myers, FL
10 James Bishop G 6′-2″ 190 FR Baltimore, MD
11 Charles Manning Jr. G 6′-5″ 200 JR Riverhead, NY
12 Marshall Graves G 6′-4″ 195 SR Ponchatoula, LA
14 Marlon Taylor G 6′-5″ 210 SR Mount Vernon, NY
15 Aundre Hyatt F 6′-4″ 225 FR Bronx, NY
20 Caleb Starks G 6′-3″ 205 JR Lafayette, LA
21 Courtese Cooper F 6′-9″ 220 SO Elgin, IL
24 Deshawn Thomas C 6′-9″ 250 JR Dentsville, SC

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Scouting Report


The Mississippi State Bulldogs (9-5, 0-2 SEC) fell to Alabama 90-69 on Wednesday night in Tuscasloosa. The Crimson Tide built a 13-5 lead with 13:33 remaining in the first half. However, a Tyson Carter layup with with a little more than 6 minutes to play in the half, put State up 24-23. The lead would change a couple more times before Bama would head to the locker room with 42-34 halftime lead. Alabama would never trail again. Guard Nick Weatherspoon lead the Bulldogs in scoring with 20 points. As a team, Alabama made 10-24 treys. Alabama out-shot State from 3-point range with 10 makes compared to the Bulldogs 5 made shots. Another key disparity in this game was points off turnovers. Bama led in that category 21-9.

Forward Reggie Perry leads in Bulldogs in both scoring (15.7 ppg) and rebounding (9.6 rpg). Two other players Tyson Carter (14.1 ppg) and Robert Woodard II (12.0 ppg) average in double figures. Guard Nick Weatherspoon has returned to the team after a long suspension and is averaging 14 points in the four games he’s played in so far this season. Mississippi State is third in the SEC in 3-point shooting accuracy (34%) but the Dogs have only made 238 attempts. That’s fewer than any other SEC team except for Kentucky (219). State’s biggest strength is rebounding. They are third in the SEC in rebounding margin (+6.6). MSU is also third in the SEC in blocks shots ( 5.3 bpg).

LSU (10-4, 2-0 SEC) defeated Arkansas 79-77 on Wednesday night in Baton Rouge. This game would have 19 lead changes. Arkansas’ largest lead was 11 points with four minutes to play in the first half. Early in the second half LSU built a 7-point lead. This game came down to the final seconds with LSU forward Trendon Watford scoring on an old fashion 3-point play to give the Tigers the victory. Arkansas out-shot the Tigers with eight made threes to LSU’s four threes. The Tigers however, got four more points at the line and one more field goal that ultimately was the difference in the game. Guard Mason Jones of Arkansas was the game leader in scoring with 24 points. He made 4 of 7 three-point shots. Watford led the Tigers with 21 points, all those point were 2-point field goal or three throws. Watford also pulled down 8 rebounds for the Tigers. Another eye catching stat was second chance points. LSU had 26 of those to none for the Hogs. Not surprisingly, LSU had 23 offensive rebounds to 3 for Arkansas.

Sklar Mays leads the Tigers in scoring (16.1 ppg). Watford (13.4 ppg) and Emmit Williams (13.1 ppg) are the next two leading scorers. Mays is hitting over 40% of his 3-point shots and 80% of his free throws. LSU is third in the SEC in scoring offense (80.7 ppg) and 11th in the conference in scoring defense (68.1 ppg). The Tigers are shooting over 75% at the line as a team. LSU is No. 1 in the SEC in field goal percentage (49.2%). The Tigers are also at the top of the conference in rebounding margin (+7.8).

LSU should be the favorite in Baton Rouge. They have more weapons and are playing a little better than the Bulldogs.

Mississippi State-LSU Prediction

LSU 82, Mississippi State 76


Saturday‘s game tips off at 8:00 p.m. ET. (7:00 p.m. CT.) TV: ESPN.

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