Winners of 7 straight... they've been playing some good ball the past 3 weeks. Here's your stats pack.
Jamont Gordon leads the team in scoring and has picked up his game in conference play. Charles Rhodes and Barry Stewart are also guys to watch on the offensive end. Defensively look for Jarvis Varnado to swat shots left and right (I believe he's leading the nation in BPG). Ben Hansbrough is doubtful for the game. He did not play against Kentucky due to a broken middle finger. Mississippi State is off to their best start in conference in 14 years coming in at 3-0.
Here's a press release about the game from Mississippi State.
- 46% FG
- 32% 3PT FG
- 61% FT (worse than us... wow)
- 73 PPG
- Rebound margin of +7
- 9 blocks per game
- 7 steals per game
- 61.2 PPG
Prediction: We got 2 teams going in opposite directions. If this were football I'd call for a blowout, but in college hoops there's always a chance. We shouldn't be this bad and I have to figure if there's any game we show up for this year it's got to be this one. Still, I think in the end State wins it late. State by 4. Man I hope I'm wrong and we beat them by 49.
Tipoff is 3PM EST (2PM CST) on Raycom Sports. It's also on the ESPN Full Court package if you bought it (and I won't make that mistake next season) and available online to watch at this link. Click on the video icon and enjoy.