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Gameday Capsule: MSU at Alabama

 

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MISSISSIPPI STATE (14-4, 2-3) at ALABAMA (12-6, 4-2) 

 

BROADCAST INFO: 7:30 p.m. on SEC Network with Kevin Fitzgerald and Sean Harrington, also on the MSU Radio Network with Neil Price and Richard Williams. 

 

ALABAMA's LAST 5: L 76-75 at Vanderbilt, L 65-46 at Georgia, W 76-62 vs. South Carolina, W 74-66 at LSU, W 76-71 vs. Auburn. 

 

MSU's LAST 5: W 78-75 vs. Arkansas, L 64-58 at Ole Miss, L 71-54 at Florida, L 76-68 vs. Auburn, W 80-62 vs. Vanderbilt. 

 

ALABAMA's RESUMÉ: There are two versions of Alabama this year. There is the version that almost beat Minnesota on a neutral floor playing 3 vs. 5 for 10 minutes, the Tide that beat BYU on a neutral floor and LSU on the road, beat Auburn at home and did the same to an awesome Rhode Island team. Then there's the Tide that lost to UCF at home, let Georgia beat it by 19 and Texas beat it by 16. That tells you all you need to know about Alabama: at its best, this is a team that has every reason to believe it can make the Sweet 16; at its worst, it's in danger of missing the NCAA Tournament. The last three games have been a lot more of the good version of Alabama than the bad version. 

 

ALABAMA PROJECTED STARTERS 

 

*G 2 Collin Sexton, Fr., 6'3", 190 -- 19.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.3 spg, tends to score better on the road than he does at home. 

 

G 23 John Petty, Fr., 6'5", 195 -- 12.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 38.8 percent 3-point shooter, made eight 3's in the last game. 

 

G 12 Dazon Ingram, Soph., 6'5", 207 -- 11.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.8 apg, 18 steals in 17 games, took 13 free throws in the last game. 

 

F 25 Braxton Key, Soph., 6'8", 225 -- 3.9 ppg, 5.9 rpg, missed all but three non-conference games while injured, has scored six or more points in three of the last five games. 

 

F/C 4 Daniel Giddens, Soph., 6'11", 247 -- 4.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg, six blocks in the last four games, has racked up 4 personal fouls in four of the last five games. 

 

*Missed the last game (abdominal). If he doesn't start, it will be 10 Herbert Jones. 

 

MISSISSIPPI STATE PROJECTED STARTERS 

 

G 0 Nick Weatherspoon, Fr., 6'2", 195 -- 10.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.3 apg, 9-36 (25 percent) from the field over his last four games. 

 

G 23 Tyson Carter, Soph., 6'4", 165 -- 9.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 85.7 percent from the free throw line, last game was his first time making two or more 3's in a game since Dec. 12. 

 

G 11 Quinndary Weatherspoon, Jr., 6'4", 205 -- 14.6 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 4.2 apg, has taken either 12 or 13 field goal attempts in each of his last five games. 

 

F 35 Aric Holman, Jr., 6'10", 225 -- 12.2 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 23 blocks in 18 games, 52.3 percent from 3-point range, 10 shot attempts against Vanderbilt was his most in a conference game this season. 

 

F 24 Abdul Ado, R-Fr., 6'11", 250 -- 7.1 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.7 bpg, 21 steals in 17 games, 70 percent from the field (14-20) in his last three games. 

 

NOTES: KenPom gives Alabama a 72 percent chance of winning this game with a projected final score of 71-64...Alabama has won the last three in this series and 12 of the last 15...Both of these defenses are in the top 30 nationally according to KenPom. 

 

Follow Dispatch sports writer Brett Hudson on Twitter @Brett_Hudson

 

 

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