SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: Tennessee at Mississippi State

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Tennessee visits Mississippi State 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
Tennessee 0.432 0.307 0.751 191 717 301 115 122 279
Tennessee OPP 0.378 0.302 0.674 215 687 193 150 61 264
Mississippi State 0.462 0.338 0.740 265 773 268 121 101 282
Mississippi State OPP 0.415 0.310 0.698 209 606 235 140 62 248

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Statistical Leaders

Tennessee Scoring Leaders

PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Jordan Bowden Tennessee 12.7 85 51 32
John Fulkerson Tennessee 11.9 95 47 0
Yves Pons Tennessee 11.4 86 35 20
Josiah-Jordan James Tennessee 7.8 53 28 22
Olivier Nkamhoua Tennessee 4.2 36 10 1
Jalen Johnson Tennessee 3.1 19 11 13
Davonte Gaines Tennessee 2.7 12 22 3
Drew Pember Tennessee 1.7 6 10 3

Tennessee Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
John Fulkerson Tennessee 39 83.0 122 6.1
Josiah-Jordan James Tennessee 20 94.0 114 5.7
Yves Pons Tennessee 27 70.0 97 4.9
Jordan Bowden Tennessee 7 68.0 75 3.8
Olivier Nkamhoua Tennessee 29 45.0 74 3.7
Jalen Johnson Tennessee 10 32.0 42 2.1
Lamonte Turner Tennessee 7 32.0 39 3.5
Davonte Gaines Tennessee 7 22.0 29 1.6
Santiago Vescovi Tennessee 4 25.0 29 3.6
Drew Pember Tennessee 8 11.0 19 1.3
Uros Plavsic Tennessee 2 2.0 4 0.8
Zach Kent Tennessee 0 2.0 2 1.0

Mississippi State Scoring Leaders

PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Reggie Perry Mississippi State 16.9 123 75 17
Tyson Carter Mississippi State 13.6 86 62 37
Robert Woodard II Mississippi State 11.8 90 32 23
D.J. Stewart Jr. Mississippi State 7.8 59 23 14
Iverson Molinar Mississippi State 7.3 51 31 12
Abdul Ado Mississippi State 5.6 42 27 0
KeyShawn Feazell Mississippi State 1.8 11 4 4
Prince Oduro Mississippi State 1.6 7 11 0

Mississippi State Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
Reggie Perry Mississippi State 66 133.0 199 10.0
Robert Woodard II Mississippi State 50 97.0 147 7.4
Abdul Ado Mississippi State 70 67.0 137 6.9
Tyson Carter Mississippi State 4 46.0 50 2.5
D.J. Stewart Jr. Mississippi State 4 39.0 43 2.2
KeyShawn Feazell Mississippi State 10 31.0 41 2.4
Nick Weatherspoon Mississippi State 5 28.0 33 3.3
Iverson Molinar Mississippi State 5 17.0 22 1.1
Prince Oduro Mississippi State 6 12.0 18 1.1
Quinten Post Mississippi State 2 8.0 10 1.7
Devin Butts Mississippi State 2 0.0 2 0.3
Elias King Mississippi State 0 2.0 2 0.3
Mitchell Storm Mississippi State 1 1.0 2 0.7

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NCAA RPI

Tennessee: 61

Mississippi State: 43

Tennessee Roster

No. Name Pos. HT WT Class City-State
0 Davonte Gaines G 6′-7″ 178 FR Buffalo, NY
1 Lamonte Turner G 6′-2″ 187 SR Florence, AL
3 Drew Pember F 6′-9″ 207 FR Knoxville, TN
4 Jacob Fleschman G 6′-3″ 176 JR Austin, TX
5 Josiah-Jordan James G 6′-6″ 208 FR Charleston, SC
10 John Fulkerson F 6′-9″ 212 JR Kingsport, TN
12 Victor Bailey Jr. G 6′-4″ 186 JR Austin, TX
13 Jalen Johnson G 6′-6″ 196 JR Durham, NC
21 Olivier Nkamhoua F 6′-8″ 224 FR Cumberland, MD
23 Jordan Bowden G 6′-5″ 193 SR Knoxville, TN
30 Brock Jancek F 6′-8″ 222 SO Knoxville, TN
33 Zach Kent F 6′-11″ 235 SO Magnolia, DE
34 Uros Plavsic F 7′-0″ 240 FR Chattanooga, TN
35 Yves Pons G 6′-6″ 215 JR Paris, FR

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

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Scouting Report


Tennessee (12-8, 4-3 SEC) fell to Texas A&M 63-58 on Saturday in Knoxville. Tennessee led most of the first part of the opening half. However, the Aggies were able to tie the in the final 30 seconds of the half on free throws by Jonathan Aku. In the second half the Vols retook the lead quickly and then built a 39-32 lead with 14:28 left to play. The two teams were tied or swapped leads several times late in the second half. Back-to-back threes by A&M inside the final 1:30 of the game tied and then suddenly put the Aggies up 56-53. The Aggies then made their free throws down the stretch to pick up the road win. Wendell Mitchell led the Aggies with 23 points. John Fulkerson’s 15 points led the Vols. Tennessee out-shot A&M from the field 46.7%-30.4% but the Aggies were 22/29 from the free throw line compared to Tennessee 10/15. The 12 more free throws made by A&M were the difference in this game.

Jordan Bowden leads the Vols in scoring at 12.7 points per contest. John Fulkerson is the Vols’ second leading scorer for the season averaging 11.9 points per game. Josiah-Jordan James is the Vols leading rebounder pulling down 5.7 boards a game. Tennessee is currently No. 1 in the SEC in scoring defense (50.0 ppg). A big reason for that is that the Vols are very stingy at allowing opponents to make field goals (37.8%, No. 1 SEC). For the season, the Vols are hitting 43% of their field goals, 30.7% of 3-point shots and 75.3% of free throws.

Mississippi State (13-7, 4-3 SEC) defeated Florida 78-71 and Saturday in Gainesville. Mississippi State led this game early very briefly. However, Florida controlled this game for the remainder of the first half. The Gators led by as much as 16 points before heading to halftime up 45-35. In the second half the Bulldogs gradually chipped away at the Florida lead before taking a 59-58 lead with 8:58 to play on a Noah Locke jump shot. Florida would never lead again. Down the stretch the State players made their free throws and defended Florida well to escape with a big time resume building road win. MSU won this game with superior shooting hitting almost 54% from the field compared to Florida’s 45%. The Bulldogs also hit 88% of free throws, which is impressive in a road venue. Reggie Perry led the Bulldogs in scoring with 27 points. Scottie Lewis topped the Gators with 17 points.

Forward Reggie Perry leads in Bulldogs in both scoring (16.9 ppg) and rebounding (10.0 rpg). Two other players, Tyson Carter (13.6 ppg) and Robert Woodard II (11.8 ppg) also average in double figures. Guard Nick Weatherspoon earlier in the season returned to the team after a long suspension and is averaging 12.3 points in the ten games he’s played in so far this season. Mississippi State is second in the SEC in 3-point shooting accuracy (33.8%) but the Dogs have only made 334 attempts. That number is among the fewest in the conference. The Bulldogs are first in the SEC in rebounding margin (+8.4). MSU is also fourth in the SEC in blocks shots (5.1 bpg).

Mississippi State is another team that seems to have improved some. Tennessee might steal one but playing in Starkville makes State the more likely pick to win.

Tennessee-Mississippi State Prediction

Mississippi State 73, Tennessee 70


Saturday‘s game tips off at 2:00 p.m. ET (1 p.m. CT). TV: ESPNU.

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