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Gameday Capsule: Wofford at No. 17 MSU

 

Photo by: Kelly Donoho/MSU Athletics

 

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Wofford (9-3) at No. 17 MSU (9-1) 

 

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

 

WOFFORD's LAST 5: W 79-62 vs. East Tennessee State, L 72-47 at Kansas, W 112-58 vs. Kentucky Christian, W 82-71 vs. Coastal Carolina, W 92-49 vs. UNC Asheville. 

 

MSU's LAST 5: W 88-65 vs. Alcorn State, W 65-58 at Dayton, W 90-77 vs. McNeese State, W 82-71 vs. Clemson (neutral), W 70-59 vs. Cincinnati. 

 

WOFFORD's RESUMÉ: KenPom is picking Wofford to win the Southern Conference -- a conference that includes an undefeated, ranked Furman -- and the Terriers' results so far show that potential. Wofford's three losses this year: respectable at home against North Carolina (No. 5 in KenPom), respectable at Oklahoma (No. 30 in KenPom) and at Kansas (No. 3 in KenPom). The Terriers have already won in a SEC building, beating South Carolina by 20 on Nov. 26, and have a win over an impressive East Tennessee State program. This team is good, and will continue to be good. 

 

WOFFORD PROJECTED STARTERS 

 

G 5 Storm Murphy, Soph., 5'11', 180 -- 8.7 ppg, 2 rpg, 3.8 apg, 9 steals in 11 games, 11-13 from the free throw line, 41 percent from 3 and 48.6 percent from the field. 

 

G 3 Fletcher Magee, Sr., 6'4", 200 -- 17.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.0 spg, 126 3-point attempts (no teammate has more than 75), 126 of his 170 field goal attempts have been 3-pointers. 

 

G 10 Nathan Hoover, Jr., 6'4", 185 -- 13.3 ppg, 3 rpg, 42.1 percent form the field, 44.6 percent from 3 and 30-33 from the free throw line. 

 

F 33 Cameron Jackson, Sr., 6'8", 250 -- 14.5 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 1 bpg, 1.5 spg, 58.3 percent from the field but 66.7 percent from the free throw line, team leader with 41 offensive rebounds. 

 

F 24 Keve Aluma, Soph., 6'9", 230 -- 6.5 ppg, 6.7 rpg (2.5 offensive rpg), 46.4 percent from the free throw line. 

 

MISSISSIPPI STATE PROJECTED STARTERS 

 

G 1 Lamar Peters, Jr., 6'0", 185 -- 14.2 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 6.0 apg, 1 spg, 42.0 percent from 3, 10th in the nation in assist rate assisting 40.2 percent of teammate made baskets while he's on the floor. 

 

G 0 Nick Weatherspoon, Soph., 6'2", 195 -- 9.9 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.5 apg, 8 steals in 10 games, 45.3 percent from the floor and 54.3 percent from 3, season-high 33 minutes in each of the last two games. 

 

G 11 Quinndary Weatherspoon, Sr., 6'4", 205 -- 16.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.7 spg, 30-for-37 from the free throw line, 49.2 percent from the field and an improving 33.3 percent from 3-point range. 

 

F 35 Aric Holman, Sr., 6'10", 225 -- 10.3 ppg, 8.7 rpg (3 offensive rpg, top 100 in the nation in offensive rebounding percentage), 2.2 bpg, 1 spg, only hit double-digit points once in his last six games. 

 

F 24 Abdul Ado, R-Soph., 6'11", 255 -- 5.1 ppg, 5 rpg, 1.1 bpg, 15-for-27 (55.6 percent) from the field, nearly has as many games with multiple blocks (3) as he does games with multiple field goals made (4). 

 

QUOTE: "These guys are a problem. (Fletcher) Magee will end up but the end of the year with the second-most 3-pointers made in the history of college basketball. Their shooter, (Nathan) Hoover, who had nine 3's in the South Carolina game, can really shoot." -Ben Howland 

 

NOTES: KenPom gives MSU a 81 percent chance of winning this game with a projected final score of 75-65....Wofford is one of the best in the nation at preventing offensive rebounds....Nick Weatherspoon's 3-point percentage of 54.2 is 13th in the nation....Wofford is benefitting from balanced scoring: 490 first-half points and 492 second-half points....Quinndary Weatherspoon needs just 11 points to move into 9th in school history in career points, leveling himself with Jamont Gordon. 

 

Follow Dispatch sports writer Brett Hudson on Twitter @Brett_Hudson

 

 

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