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Game Capsule: North Dakota State at Mississippi State

 

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NORTH DAKOTA STATE (3-3) at MISSISSIPPI STATE (5-0) 

 

BROADCAST INFO: 6 p.m. SEC Network (Matt Stewart and Daymeon Fishback), MSU Radio Network (Neil Price and Richard Williams). 

 

NORTH DAKOTA STATE TO DATE: The Bison have been impressive with a home win over Stetson and keeping it really close with USC and Stephen F. Austin, both on the road but ultimately losses. The other two wins are over Florida A&M and Stetson. 

 

NORTH DAKOTA STATE PROJECTED STARTERS 

 

G 11 Jared Samuelson, Soph., 6'2", 185 --5.3 ppg, 1.3 rpg, has taken seven 3-pointers in a game twice this season. 

 

G 24 Tyson Ward, Soph. 6'6", 185 --12.8 ppg, 6.5, 3.5 apg, has the hot hand as he's made 12 of his 14 2-point shot attempts over the last two games. 

 

G 2 Paul Miller, Sr., 6'6", 205 -- 14 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 4.5 apg, 1.16 spg. 

 

G/F 21 A.J. Jacobson, Sr., 6'6", 210 -- 8.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.5 apg, 7-8 from the free throw line. 

 

**F 30 Spencer Eliason, Jr., 6'9", 240 -- 3.3 ppg, 3 rpg, had three steals and a block in the last game against Stephen F. Austin. 

 

**Only started 2 of his 6 games because Dylan Miller has started every game he's played, but has not played in the last two. 

 

MISSISSIPPI STATE PROJECTED STARTERS 

 

G 0 Nick Weatherspoon, Fr., 6'2", 195 -- 12 ppg, 3.2 apg, 46.5 percent from the field, you can read a feature on his development as an offensive threat on the website around lunchtime. 

 

G 23 Tyson Carter, Soph., 6'4", 165 -- 11 ppg, 1.8 apg, 84.6 percent free throw shooter, made 2 of his last 13 3-point attempts. 

 

G 11 Quinndary Weatherspoon, Jr., 6'4", 205 -- 12.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg, filled a team need by spending most of his time at small forward. 

 

F 35 Aric Holman, Jr., 6'10", 225 -- 11.4 ppg, 7.0 rpg, active streak of three games in double digit points. 

 

F 24 Abdul Ado, Fr., 6'11", 250 -- 9.3 ppg, 7.5 rpg, has tallied multiple blocks in every game he's played this season (three, two, five and three). 

 

NOTES: KenPom gives MSU a 82 percent chance of winning with a projected final score of 74-64...A significant amount of North Dakota State's rebounding production comes off the bench, including two guys with 10 offensive rebounds in six games: Tyson Ward and Deng Geu...MSU's 3-point shooting percentage (26.2) ranks 339th in the nation -- there are 351 Division I teams...Two things about North Dakota State's Paul Miller: he does not commit fouls on the defensive end and he takes almost 30 percent of NDSU's shots...MSU has been very good at avoiding getting its shots blocked: only 3.8 percent of its possessions have ended as such, a percentage that ranks fourth in the nation.

 

 

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