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Gameday Capsule: Jacksonville State at MSU

 

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JACKSONVILLE STATE (4-1) at MISSISSIPPI STATE (4-0) 

 

BROADCAST INFO: 2 p.m., SEC Network+ with Bart Gregory and Matt Wyatt, MSU Radio Network with Neil Price and Richard Williams 

 

JACKSONVILLE STATE TO DATE: The Gamecocks are 4-1 on the back of several impressive wins over similar one-bid league teams. After beating up on NAIA Tennessee Wesleyan 100-42, Jacksonville State beat Richmond 94-61, Savannah State 86-71 and UT Chattanooga 77-75 in overtime. The one loss in there was a 81-76 loss to Buffalo. The Gamecocks haven't played in five days. 

 

JACKSONVILLE STATE PROJECTED STARTERS 

 

G 0 Jamall Gregory, Jr., 6'3", 202 -- 13 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.8 apg, defensive force with 8 blocks and 7 steals. 

 

G 21 Malcolm Drumwright, Sr., 6'2", 185 -- 16 ppg, 3.4 apg, leads the team with 25 3-point attempts (five per game), 13-15 from the free throw line. 

 

G 23 Marlon Hunter, Jr., 6'3", 195 -- 9.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, only three free throw attempts in four games, 9 of his 14 rebounds are offensive. 

 

F 31 Christian Cunningham, Jr., 6'7", 215 -- 8.8 ppg, 8.2 rpg, shooting 73.1 percent from the field. 

 

F/C 12 Norbertas Giga, Sr., 7'0", 245 -- 11.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg, a game-high 13 rebounds in his last game but also four turnovers. 

 

MISSISSIPPI STATE PROJECTED STARTERS 

 

G 0 Nick Weatherspoon, Fr., 6'2", 195 -- 12 ppg, 3.8 apg, a big workload of 37 minutes against Stephen F. Austin. 

 

G 23 Tyson Carter, Soph., 6'4", 165 -- 13 ppg, 1.8 apg, set a new career high with 25 points in MSU's last games. 

 

G 11 Quinndary Weatherspoon, Jr., 6'4", 205 -- 12.8 ppg, 6 rpg, 11-14 from the free throw line in his last game, exactly 900 points in his career. 

 

F 35 Aric Holman, Jr., 6'10", 225 -- 11.5 ppg, 7.3 rpg, did not miss a shot against Stephen F. Austin: 3-3 from the floor, 1-1 form 3-point range and 3-3 from the free throw line. 

 

F 24 Abdul Ado, Fr., 6'11", 250 -- 9.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg, played 28 minutes with no personal fouls and five blocks against Stephen F. Austin. 

 

NOTES: KenPom's numbers give MSU a 78 percent chance of winning this game...MSU leads the SEC in blocked shots with 23 and Abdul Ado leads the lead with 3.3 blocks per game...Jacksonville State has two players that left Power 5 programs to become Gamecocks: G Detrick Mostella (Tennessee) and PG Ty Hudson (Clemson)...Not only is Ado one of MSU's best rebounders, he's doing it on the offensive end. 14.8 percent of his rebounds have been offensive, an offensive rebounding percentage that ranks 57th in the nation individually...Off of Jacksonville State's bench, expect a lot of sophomore guard Ashton Spears: over the last five games, the starting five posted above has been on the floor 12.7 percent of the time, but the same five simply with Spears in Marlon Hunter's place has been on the floor 11.8 percent of the time...Jacksonville State does not take a ton of 3-pointers: only 30.9 percent of its field goal attempts are 3-pointers, which is 304th in the nation.

 

 

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