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Gameday Capsule: BYU at No. 19 MSU

 

Photo by: Kelly Donoho/MSU Athletics

 

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BYU (8-6) at No. 19 MSU (11-1) 

 

BROADCAST INFO: 11 a.m. on ESPNU. 

 

BYU's LAST 5: W 95-80 vs. Utah State, W 74-59 vs. Utah (neutral), W 85-66 vs. Portland State, L 92-90 OT at UNLV, L 90-81 at San Diego State. 

 

MSU's LAST 5: W vs. McNeese State 90-77, W vs. Clemson 82-71 (neutral), W vs. Cincinnati 70-59, W vs. Wofford 98-87, W vs. Wright State 67-63 (in Jackson). 

 

BYU RESUMÉ: BYU was relatively competitive on the road against unbeaten Nevada to start the season; it also lost to a very meh Weber State team. BYU lost to San Diego State in its last game, but also has a neutral court win over Utah and a solid home win against Utah State, currently 50th in KenPom. What I'm getting at here is these Cougars are tough to peg. I don't think they're good enough to go on the road and beat a top 25 team, but being unpredictable is not always a bad thing. 

 

BYU PROJECTED STARTERS 

 

G 30 TJ Haws, Jr., 6'4", 170 -- 17.5 ppg (21 ppg over the last 5), 4.1 rpg, 5.1 apg, 13 steals in 14 games, 50.3 percent from the field and 86.4 percent from the free throw line. 

 

G 0 Jahshire Hardnett, Jr., 6'0", 185 -- 11.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.3 spg, Gulfport native, 19 points on UNLV, 46 percent from the field and 82.6 percent from the free throw line but 22.9 percent from 3-point range. 

 

G 44 Connor Harding, Fr., 6'6", 185 -- 7.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 50.7 percent from the field, only started the last 4 games, rebounds per game and points per game have dropped since getting into the starting lineup. 

 

G 2 Zac Seljaas, Jr., 6'7", 215 -- 7.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.5 apg, 37.6 percent from the field and 34.4 percent from 3-point range, only 8 minutes in the last game. 

 

F 23 Yoeli Childs, Jr., 6'8", 225 -- 22.1 ppg, 10.6 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.1 bpg, 13 steals in 14 games, 54.9 percent from the field, 31 points in 3 straight games earlier this month but fewer than 15 points in 2 of the last 3 games. 

 

MISSISSIPPI STATE PROJECTED STARTERS 

 

G 1 Lamar Peters, Jr., 6'0", 185 -- 14.3 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 6.1 apg (assist rate 11th in the nation), 1.25 spg, 46.3 percent from the field and 43.8 percent from 3-point range, nearly as many assists (14) as shot attempts (15) in his last two games. 

 

G 0 Nick Weatherspoon, Soph., 6'2", 195 -- 10 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.1 apg, 10 steals in 12 games, 46.2 percent from the field and 54.8 percent from 3-point range (8th in the nation), 11 3-point attempts in his last 3 games compared to 20 in the previous 9. 

 

G 11 Quinndary Weatherspoon, Sr., 6'4", 205 -- 16.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.5 spg, 46.9 percent from the field and 83.9 percent from the free throw line but 29.8 percent from 3-point range, 9th in the SEC with 56 free throw attempts. 

 

F 35 Aric Holman, Sr., 6'10", 225 -- 11.2 ppg, 8.7 rpg (2.75 offensive rpg), 1.1 spg, 2.5 bpg (3rd in the SEC), 46.1 percent from the field and 39.1 percent from 3-point range. 

 

F 24 Abdul Ado, R-Soph., 6'11", 255 -- 4.9 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.2 bpg, 1 shot attempt in each of his last 2 games but 9 combined free throw attempts, missed last game (ribs). 

 

QUOTE: "Every single sanctuary -- they're all built alike -- and every single one has basketball in it. Everyone in church plays basketball, women and men. A big part of growing up in the Mormon church, you learn to play basketball." -Ben Howland 

 

NOTES: KenPom gives MSU a 83 percent chance of winning this game with a projected final score of 82-72....MSU has made 117 3-pointers in its first 12 games, its most since 2009-10....Ben Howland and BYU coach Dave Rose have a combined 37 years of Division I head coaching experience between them; all 14 of Rose's years have been at BYU....MSU's 21-game winning streak at home in non-conference games is the longest among SEC schools....BYU is 14th in the nation in assist-turnover ratio. 

 

Follow Dispatch sports writer Brett Hudson on Twitter @Brett_Hudson

 

 

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