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Gameday Capsule: Alcorn State at No. 15 MSU

 

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Alcorn State (1-5) at No. 25 Mississippi State (4-1) 

 

BROADCAST INFO: 7 p.m. on SEC Network+. 

 

ALCORN STATE SO FAR: Like most SWAC schools, Alcorn State is forced to hit the road for a bunch of borderline impossible road games: Tulsa, Vanderbilt, Kent State and Liberty beat Alcorn State by a combined 97 points. They got a win against Blue Mountain College (NAIA) and lost close to Savannah State on a neutral floor. KenPom projects Alcorn State to be sub-.500 in conference play, so this is a below average team in a league that almost always has its champion bounced in the first round of the Tournament. 

 

MSU SO FAR: The two-game stint in Las Vegas kept MSU's NCAA Tournament trajectory alive: a really rough 10-minute stretch against Arizona State was more than enough for the Sun Devils to get that win, but bouncing back two days later to beat a most likely Tournament-bound Saint Mary's team could be an important piece of this non-con schedule. There are plenty of opportunities going forward, but this resume can't take losses like this one would be -- and to MSU's credit, they handled business against Austin Peay, Hartford and Long Beach State to start. 

 

ALCORN STATE PROJECTED STARTERS 

 

G 11 Maurice Howard, Jr., 6'1", 190 -- 12 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 3.5 apg, 21 assists to 22 turnovers, 53 3-point attempts while no other teammates has more than 35. 

 

G 5 Khari Jabrial Allen, Jr., 6'4", 180 -- 9 ppg, 34 of his 48 field goal attempts are 3-pointers (35.3 percent from 3), 9-11 from the free throw line. 

 

G 2 Jael Scott, Soph., 6'4", 195 -- 5.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 5 steals in 6 games, nearly 2 turnovers per game, 56.5 percent from the field. 

 

F 12 Deshaw Andrews, Jr., 6'4", 240 -- 12.5 ppg, 6 rpg, 1.6 spg, 47.4 percent from the field and second on the team in shot attempts, 47.8 percent from 3-point range. 

 

F 33 Devon Brewer, Jr., 6'8", 260 -- 4.6 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1 apg, 11-24 from the field with no 3-point attempts, team leader with nine offensive rebounds. 

 

MISSISSIPPI STATE PROJECTED STARTERS 

 

G 1 Lamar Peters, Jr., 6'0", 185 -- 10.2 ppg, 5.2 apg, 1.2 spg, 7-8 from the free throw line, 3-12 (25 percent) from 3-point range in the two Las Vegas games. 

 

G 0 Nick Weatherspoon, Soph., 6'2", 195 -- 9.4 ppg, 2.4 apg, 51.6 percent from the field and 6-11 from 3-point range, season low 4 shots against Saint Mary's (not including getting injured in the first minute against Long Beach State). 

 

G 11 Quinndary Weatherspoon, Sr., 6'4", 205 -- 17.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2 apg, 2 spg, 50.7 percent from the field but 21.1 percent from 3-point range, 12-13 from the free throw line. 

 

F 35 Aric Holman, Sr., 6'10", 225 -- 12.6 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 12 offensive rebounds in 5 games, 3 bpg, 1.2 spg, 48 percent from the field. 

 

F 1 Reggie Perry, Fr., 6'10", 245 -- 4.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 18 minutes in his first start in Abdul Ado's place, very effective rebounder on a per minute basis. 

 

NOTES: KenPom gives MSU a 99.5 percent chance of winning this game with a projected final score of 80-51....Aric Holman needs 5 blocks to move into the top 5 in school history for career blocks. He has 159; Rickey Brown is 5th in school history with 163....Maurice Howard is the only Alcorn State player with more than 10 assists through 6 games, so it seems if the ball is going to move he is the only one going that's going to do it....Quinndary Weatherspoon is 20 points away from 12th all-time in scoring in school history....Nine Alcorn State players have more turnovers than assists. 

 

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