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Gameday Capsule: MSU at Ole Miss

 

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MISSISSIPPI STATE (13-1, 1-0 SEC) at OLE MISS (8-6, 1-1 SEC) 

 

BROADCAST INFO: 3:30 p.m. on SEC Network with Kevin Fitzgerald and Jimmy Dykes, plus Neil Price and Richard Williams on the MSU Radio Network. 

 

OLE MISS' LAST 5: L 101-97 (OT) vs. Illinois State, W 85-63vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, W 82-59 vs. Bradley, W 74-69 vs. South Carolina, L 71-60 at Georgia. 

 

MSU's LAST 5: W 92-61 vs. UT Martin, W 64-48 vs. Little Rock, W 70-64 vs. Southern Miss (neutral site), W 109-81 vs. North Florida, W 78-75 vs. Arkansas. 

 

OLE MISS RESUMÉ: The home loss to Illinois State complicates a resume that would otherwise be respectable, even if far from March Madness worthy. Give the Rebels credit for trying to schedule some solid teams, but almost none of those games went well: other than beating South Carolina, Ole Miss lost to Virginia Tech, Middle Tennessee, Utah and Georgia. 

 

OLE MISS PROJECTED STARTERS 

 

G 1 Deandre Burnett, Sr., 6'2", 192 -- 13.9 ppg, 4.8 apg, 82.5 percent free throw shooter, brother of Vikings running back Dalvin Cook. 

 

G 0 Devontae Shuler, Fr., 6'2", 192 -- 8.9 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.6 spg, 90 percent free throw shooter, four steals against Georgia. 

 

G 5 Markel Crawford, Sr., 6'4", 210 -- 10.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.1 apg, has played 30 minutes in each of the last three games, at least five 3-point attempts in each of the last three games. 

 

F 50 Justas Furmanavicius, Sr., 6'7", 210 -- 4.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1 bpg, 60.6 percent from the field, 10-18 from 3-point range. 

 

C 13 Dominik Oleiniczak, Soph., 7'0", 255 -- 3.9 ppg, 2.2 rpg, transferred from Drake, has only once scored more than six points in a game. 

 

MISSISSIPPI STATE PROJECTED STARTERS 

 

G 0 Nick Weatherspoon, Fr., 6'2", 195 -- 11.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.4 apg, career high 7 made field goals against Arkansas. 

 

G 23 Tyson Carter, Soph., 6'4", 165 -- 11 ppg, 2.4 rpg, hasn't made more than one 3-pointer in a game since Dec. 12. 

 

G 11 Quinndary Weatherspoon, Jr., 6'4", 205 -- 14.8 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 4.4 apg, 1.6 spg, 53.3 percent from the field. 

 

F 35 Aric Holman, Jr., 6'10", 225 -- 12.4 ppg, 7.1 rpg, three or more offensive rebounds in four of his last six games. 

 

F 24 Abdul Ado, R-Fr., 6'11", 250 -- 6.5 ppg, 7.1 rpg, significant increase in minutes against Arkansas up to 34. 

 

NOTES: KenPom gives Ole Miss a 55 percent chance of winning this game with a projected final score of 75-73...Ole Miss is on a seven-game winning streak and the last meeting in Oxford was decided by 27 points, the largest margin of victory since 1951...Even after a rough game against Arkansas, MSU forward Aric Holman's offensive rating is No. 44 in the nation according to KenPom...Ole Miss' Breein Tyree had 17 points off the bench in Ole Miss' last game, against Georgia. 

 

Follow Dispatch sports writer Brett Hudson on Twitter @Brett_Hudson

 

 

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