SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: Mississippi State at South Carolina

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Mississippi State plays at South Carolina 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 0.482 0.382 0.760 154 477 206 102 66 168
Mississippi State OPP 0.428 0.338 0.708 123 390 148 67 35 183
South Carolina 0.419 0.337 0.689 167 535 221 107 45 222
South Carolina OPP 0.438 0.317 0.673 183 571 204 107 55 216

NCAA RPI

Mississippi State: 19
South Carolina: 173

Mississippi State Roster

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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

South Carolina Roster

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NO NAME POS HT WT CLASS HOMETOWN
#00 A.J. Lawson G 6′-6″ 172 FR Toronto, ON
#1 T.J. Moss G 6′-2″ 193 FR Memphis, TN
#2 Hassani Gravett G 6′-2″ 188 SR Villa Rica, GA
#4 Tre Campbell G 6′-0″ 183 SR Washington, DC
#5 Jermaine Couisnard G 6′-4″ 202 FR East Chicago, IN
#10 Justin Minaya F 6′-5″ 215 SO Harrington Park, NJ
#13 Felipe Haase F 6′-9″ 253 SO Osorno, Chile
#14 Nathan Nelson F 6′-5″ 174 FR Murfreesboro, TN
#20 Alanzo Frink F 6′-6″ 265 FR Jersey City, NJ
#21 Maik Kotsar F 6′-11″ 264 JR Tallinn, Estonia
#23 Evan Hinson G 6′-4″ 230 JR Deltona, FL
#24 Keyshawn Bryant F 6′-6″ 190 FR Winter Haven, FL
#30 Chris Silva F 6′-9″ 234 SR Libreville, Gabon
#31 Raymond Borup G
#33 Jason Cudd F 7′-1″ 263 SO Myrtle Beach, SC
#52 Jair Bolden G 6′-3″ 210 JR Brooklyn, NY

Mississippi State Schedule/Results

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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
Jan 12 vs Ole Miss
Jan 15 vs Florida
Jan 19 at Vanderbilt
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

South Carolina Schedule/Results

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DATE OPPONENT SCORE
Nov 6 vs USC Upstate W 65-52
Nov 9 vs Stony Brook L 83-81
Nov 13 vs Norfolk State W 81-64
Nov 17* at Providence L 76-67
Nov 26 vs Wofford L 81-61
Nov 30 vs C. Carolina W 85-79
Dec 5 at Wyoming L 73-64
Dec 8 at Michigan L 89-78
Dec 19 vs UVA L 69-52
Dec 22 vs Clemson L 78-68
Dec 31 vs N Greenville W 97-46
Jan 5 at Florida W 71-69
Jan 8 vs Mississippi State
Jan 12 vs Missouri
Jan 16 at Vanderbilt
Jan 19 at LSU
Jan 22 vs Auburn
Jan 26 at Oklahoma State
Jan 29 vs Tennessee
Feb 2 at Georgia
Feb 5 at Kentucky
Feb 9 vs Arkansas
Feb 13 at Tennessee
Feb 16 vs Texas A&M
Feb 19 vs Ole Miss
Feb 23 at Mississippi State
Feb 26 vs Alabama
Mar 2 at Missouri
Mar 5 at Texas A&M
Mar 9 vs Georgia

Mississippi State-South Carolina Prediction

This is the most interesting SEC game of the night. Mississippi State has steadily been building its program under Ben Howland. The Bulldogs appear to have a really good shot, not merely an outside chance, of making the NCAA Tournament this season. Winning on the road, against a flawed but very tough South Carolina team which just beat Florida in Gainesville, is exactly the kind of test MSU must pass if it wants to be worthy of March Madness and take the next step. This game offers every appearance of being a down-to-the-wire slugfest with a lot of contested shots. Howland and South Carolina coach Frank Martin both preach defense first. Which team is going to get in the mud and win battles for 50-50 balls? MSU has a lot of talent, but skepticism is warranted early in the season. South Carolina 66, Mississippi State 64. (Matt Zemek)

This game tips off at 8:00 PM CT (9:00 PM ET). TV: ESPNU.

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