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Gameday Capsule: No. 22 MSU vs. Clemson

 

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No. 22 MSU (7-1) vs. Clemson (6-2), Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey 

 

BROADCAST INFO: 3 p.m. on ESPN2. 

 

CLEMSON's LAST 5: W 72-69 vs. Akron (neutral), W 64-49 vs. Georgia (neutral), L 87-82 vs. Creighton (neutral), L 68-66 vs. Nebraska, W 65-60 vs. Saint Peter's. 

 

MSU's LAST 5: 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, W 90-77 vs. McNeese State. 

 

CLEMSON PROJECTED STARTERS 

 

*G 2 Marcquise Reed, Sr., 6'3", 188 -- 19.4 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.6 spg, 47 percent from the field, 27 percent from 3-point range, transfer from Robert Morris, leads the team with 117 shot attempts (no other Tigers has more than 90). 

 

G 4 Shelton Mitchell, Sr., 6'4", 200 -- 14.5 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.25 spg, 30-38 from the free throw line, transfer from Vanderbilt. 

 

F 25 Aamir Sims, Soph., 6'7", 248 -- 9.5 pag, 4.9 rpg, 1 bpg, best 3-point shooter with more than 15 attempts at 38.5 percent, 6-7 from the free throw line. 

 

F 24 David Skara, Sr., 6'8", 213 -- 7.1 ppg, 4 rpg, 7 steals in 8 games, 54.3 percent from the field but only 35 attempts (4.3 per game), transfer from Valparaiso. 

 

F 14 Elijah Thomas, Sr. 6'9", 245 -- 11.9 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1 bpg, 66.1 percent from the field, team leader with 19 offensive rebounds (no other Tiger has 10), missed a couple of starts with an ankle injury. 

 

*Questionable with a knee injury. Jon Rothstein reports he is not expected to play.  

 

MISSISSIPPI STATE PROJECTED STARTERS 

 

G 1 Lamar Peters, Jr., 6'0", 185 -- 12.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 5.75 apg, 7 steals in 8 games, 51.2 percent from the field in his last 4 games (41.7 for the season). 

 

G 0 Nick Weatherspoon, Soph., 6'2", 195 -- 11.1 ppg, 2 rpg, 2.25 apg, 7 steals in 8 games, 50 percent from the field and 55 percent from 3-point range, season-high 6 free throw attempts in the last game. 

 

G 11 Quinndary Weatherspoon, Sr., 6'4", 205 -- 16.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.3 apg, 2 spg, 50 percent from the field bu 20.7 percent from 3-point range, under 10 points in his last game for the first time this year. 

 

F 35 Aric Holman, Sr., 6'10", 225 -- 10 ppg, 8.9 rpg (2.75 offensive rpg), 2.25 bpg, four straight games of 10+ points to start the season and now four straight games of less than 10 points. 

 

F 24 Abdul Ado, R-Soph., 6'11", 255 -- 5.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.5 bpg, 59.1 percent from the field but just 22 attempts (3.6 per game). 

 

QUOTE: "They have good guard play, they have very good bigs with a lot of depth inside. They've got experience, having been to the Tournament and the Sweet 16 a year ago, that really helps them." -Ben Howland 

 

NOTES: KenPom gives MSU a 53 percent chance of winning this game with a projected final score of 69-68....MSU is top 75 in the nation in 2-point percentage (55.4) and free throw percentage (78.1) but 230th in 3-point percentage (32)....Clemson has won all three meetings against MSU and each of its last seven meetings against SEC teams....With a win, Clemson coach Brad Brownell will be second all-time in school history with 156....Lamar Peters is 28th in the nation with a 36.3 percent assist rate, assisting 36.3 percent of baskets while he is on the floor. 

 

Follow Dispatch sports writer Brett Hudson on Twitter @Brett_Hudson

 

 

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