SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: Mississippi State at Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt-Mississippi State

Mississippi State plays at Vanderbilt on Saturday 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 0.389 0.742 185 585 253 125 84 214
Mississippi State OPP 0.428 0.342 0.719 160 496 196 84 47 216
Vanderbilt 0.450 0.333 0.703 171 614 210 78 73 205
Vanderbilt OPP 0.412 0.316 0.688 179 573 177 97 53 197

NCAA RPI

Mississippi State: 32
Vanderbilt: 86

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

Vanderbilt Roster

NO NAME POS HT WT CLASS HOMETOWN
#0 Saben Lee G 6′-2″ 183 SO Phoenix, AZ
#1 Yanni Wetzell F 6′-10″ 240 JR Auckland, NZ
#2 Joe Toye G 6′-7″ 210 SR Chicago, IL
#3 Maxwell Evans G 6′-2″ 192 SO Houston, TX
#10 Darius Garland G 6′-2″ 175 FR Nashville, TN
#11 Simisola Shittu F 6′-10″ 240 FR Burlington, ON
#13 Matthew Moyer F 6′-8″ 217 SO Gahanna, OH
#14 Isaiah Rice G 5′-11″ 195 SO Indianapolis, IN
#15 Clevon Brown F 6′-8″ 240 JR San Antonio, TX
#24 Aaron Nesmith F 6′-6″ 213 FR Charleston, SC
#30 Mac Hunt G 6′-6″ 182 FR Chattanooga, TN
#32 Matt Ryan F 6′-8″ 209 JR Cortlandt Manor, NY
#50 Ejike Obinna F 6′-10″ 234 SO Enugu, Nigeria

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
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

Vanderbilt Schedule/Results

DATE OPPONENT SCORE
Nov 6 vs Winthrop W 92-79
Nov 11 at USC W 82-78
Nov 16 vs Alcorn State W 79-54
Nov 19 vs Liberty W 79-70
Nov 23 vs Kent State L 77-75
Nov 27 vs Savannah State W 120-85
Dec 1* at NC State L 80-65
Dec 5 vs Mid Tennessee W 79-51
Dec 17 vs Arizona State W 81-65
Dec 22* at Kansas State L 69-58
Dec 29 vs Tennessee St W 95-76
Dec 31 vs UNC Asheville W 90-59
Jan 5 vs Ole Miss L 81-71
Jan 9 at Georgia L 82-63
Jan 12 at Kentucky L 56-47
Jan 16 vs South Carolina L 74-71
Jan 19 vs Mississippi State
Jan 23 vs Tennessee
Jan 26 at Oklahoma
Jan 29 vs Kentucky
Feb 2 at Missouri
Feb 5 at Arkansas
Feb 9 vs Alabama
Feb 13 at Florida
Feb 16 vs Auburn
Feb 19 at Tennessee
Feb 23 at Alabama
Feb 27 vs Florida
Mar 2 at Texas A&M
Mar 6 vs Arkansas
Mar 9 at LSU

Mississippi State-Vanderbilt Prediction

Last year, the Mississippi State Bulldogs lost a few especially close and especially wrenching games on the road which prevented them from making the NCAA Tournament. MSU was the No. 7 seed in a deep SEC Tournament field, which – on the surface – might have suggested that the Bulldogs were worthy of an NCAA bid. After all, both teams in the 8-9 game at last season’s SEC Tournament, Alabama and Texas A&M, made the NCAAs and won games when they made the Big Dance. Mississippi State, however, went to the NIT because it lost too many games to lower-tier SEC teams. One came to Vanderbilt, an 81-80 decision in Memorial Gym which simply can’t be repeated. Vanderbilt is in the SEC basement. MSU has to matter-of-factly take care of business and not risk a resume-killing loss against the Dores, who sorely miss – and need – Darius Garland. Mississippi State 78, Vanderbilt 71. (Matt Zemek)

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

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