February 28, 2017 8:01:17 AM
Mississippi State (14-14, 5-11 SEC) at South Carolina (21-8, 11-5 SEC)
Recent History: South Carolina won the first meeting at The Hump on Feb. 11, 77-73. Free throws played a big factor: South Carolina attempted 29 of them and made 17, while MSU only took 12 and made eight of them. In a four-point game, the winning team taking 17 more free throws than the loser can't be ignored.
Mississippi State's Last 5 Games: 77-73 L vs. South Carolina, 79-72 L at Georgia, 57-52 L vs. Florida, 87-82 L (OT) vs. Ole Miss, 77-48 L at Vanderbilt
South Carolina's Last 5 Games: 77-73 W at Mississippi State, 83-76 L vs. Arkansas, 71-62 L at Vanderbilt, 81-66 L at Florida, 82-55 W vs. Tennessee
- Aric Holman is fourth in the SEC in blocked shots with 56. He had one in the first meeting with the Gamecocks.
- Turnovers have been an issue for MSU lately, and they've been the exact opposite for South Carolina. The Gamecocks are averaging a +3.8 turnover margin per game.
- With two regular season games left, I.J. Ready is four steals away from tying for 8th in school history for career steals, five from taking over 8th outright. Ready has 150 steals and Tony Watts is currently in 8th with 154.
- MSU is 2-6 on the road this year, 4-15 under Howland.
- Lamar Peters has had a nice run of steals lately, tallying eight of them in the last three games: four against Florida and two each against Ole Miss and Vanderbilt.
- South Carolina continues to defend the 3-pointer better than almost anyone in the nation, allowing just 28.7 percent.
- Offensive rebounds have been rare for MSU this year: an offensive rebounding percentage of 27 percent is second worst in the conference, just ahead of Vanderbilt.