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Gameday Capsule: McNeese State at No. 22 MSU

 

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McNeese State (2-5) at No. 22 Mississippi State (6-1) 

 

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

 

MSU's LAST 5: W 79-51 vs. Long Beach State, L 72-67 vs. Arizona State (neutral), W 61-57 vs. Saint Mary's (neutral), W 88-65 vs. Alcorn State, W 65-58 at Dayton. 

 

McNEESE STATE RESUMÉ: There's no sugarcoating it: this could be one of the worst teams in Division I outside of the SWAC and the MEAC. It has a loss to NAIA Loyola (New Orleans) and has lost to every Division I team it has played, including its most recent game, a one-point loss to a North Carolina Central team that KenPom sees a second-tier team in the awful MEAC. The two wins came against the University of Mobile (also NAIA) and Mississippi College. 

 

McNEESE STATE PROJECTED STARTERS 

 

PG 5 Kevin Hunt, Soph., 6'3", 180 -- 9.4 ppg, 3 apg, 41 percent from the field, 32 percent from 3-point range, 0-3 from the free throw line in his last game after starting 8-9.  

 

G 2 James Harvey, Sr., 6'2", 172 -- 12.9 ppg, 2 rpg, 8 assists to 11 turnovers, 52 of his 72 field goal attempts are 3-pointers, 38.5 percent from 3-point range. 

 

F 22 Roydell Brown, Jr., 6'5", 205 -- 9.6 ppg, 9.4 rpg (2.7 offensive rpg), 50 percent from the free throw line (14-28), 49.1 percent from the field, had a double-double against Saint Mary's to start the season. 

 

F 23 Shamarkus Kennedy, Jr., 6'8", 205 -- 8 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.1 bpg, 58.3 percent from the field, 22 points in his lats game against N.C. Central. 

 

C 0 Malik Hines, Sr., 6'10", 255 -- 11.1 ppg, 5 rpg, 1.3 bpg, 63.5 percent from the field, 44 percent from the free throw line, Jackson native, graduate transfer from UMass. 

 

MISSISSIPPI STATE PROJECTED STARTERS 

 

G 1 Lamar Peters, Jr., 6'0", 185 -- 10.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 5.8 apg (15 in his last two games), 6 steals in 7 games, 8 3-point attempts in three of his seven games. 

 

G 0 Nick Weatherspoon, Soph., 6'2", 195 -- 11.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 2.2 apg, 50.9 percent from the field and 55.6 percent from 3 (10-18), 12-15 from the free throw line. 

 

G 11 Quinndary Weatherspoon, Sr., 6'4", 205 -- 17.5 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.2 apg, 2.2 spg, 50.5 percent from the field, 5-5 from the free throw line in the win over Dayton. 

 

F 35 Aric Holman, Sr., 6'10", 225 -- 10.3 ppg, 8.6 rpg (2.4 offensive rpg), 2.1 bpg, at least 28 minutes in 5 of 7 games. 

 

F 24 Abdul Ado, R-Soph., 6'11", 255 -- 5.4 ppg, 6.2 rpg (2.8 offensive rpg), 1.6 bpg, 7-8 from the free throw line, only 1 foul in each of his last 2 games. 

 

QUOTE: "The most troubling stat of all our stats for me is we're not getting to the foul line enough. We have to get to the foul line more than 12 1/2 times per game. That's taking it to the basket, getting inside, getting hit. We're not getting to the foul line, and that's something we'll talk about." -Ben Howland 

 

NOTES: KenPom gives MSU a 99 percent chance of winning this game with a projected final score of 82-55....This is McNeese State coach Heath Schroyer's fourth head coaching gig: taking Portland State to the NCAA Tournament in 2005 got him the Wyoming job, but that flamed out; he got back up to the UT Martin job and used that to land a spot on the N.C. State staff....MSU has won 18 straight non-conference home games....McNeese State's James Harvey commits one foul per 40 minutes, which ranks 15th in the nation. 

 

Follow Dispatch sports writer Brett Hudson on Twitter @Brett_Hudson

 

 

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