Central Arkansas vs. Mississippi State: Full Game Preview

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Central Arkansas vs. Mississippi State: Full Game Preview
Central Arkansas
(4-4, 2-2 away)
Mississippi State
(3-6, 3-1 home)
Venue: Mississippi Coliseum
3:00PM ET / 12:00PM PT, December 22, 2012
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Central Arkansas R Crawford 14.6 J Garner 6.8 L Miles 3.9
Mississippi State R Johnson 13.3 G Ware 6.4 T Bloodman 2.8

Reviewing current season metrics, Central Arkansas has an edge in three important categories. The Bears come into this one with an advantage in assists (15 per game to eight per game). Central Arkansas is also has the advantage in three-point percentage, 38% to 23%. Finally, the Bears have the edge in scoring as well, 78 pts/game to 58 pts/game.

Central Arkansas StatSmack

  • We just win. Mississippi State has more wins over the last 5 years than Central Arkansas (111 vs 50).
  • The Mississippi State blocks leader (Gavin Ware) has more blocks than the Central Arkansas blocks leader (Robert Crawford).
  • Mississippi State has a better scoring defense (64.8 allowed per game vs 77.8 allowed per game) than Central Arkansas this season.
  • Keep filling up on cupcakes. Mississippi State had a stronger schedule than Central Arkansas last season (SOS Rank: #88 vs #306).
  • Mississippi State has a significantly better overall winning percentage over the last 5 years (0.607 to 0.288).
  • Mississippi State is a better free-throw-shooting team (63.2% vs 55.9%) than Central Arkansas this season.
  • Diaper Dandies love us. Mississippi State has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Central Arkansas (2 vs 0).
  • We have a history of cultivating talent. Over the past 10 years, Mississippi State has had more players drafted by the NBA than Central Arkansas (5 vs 0).
  • We make our fans proud. Mississippi State had a better record at home than Central Arkansas last season (15-4 vs 6-7).
  • AP voters think more highly of Mississippi State and have put us in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Central Arkansas (69 vs 0).
UCA Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C+ Robert Crawford 29 15 4 2 2 1 2
C+ Jarvis Garner 30 14 7 1 1 0 2
C+ Jordan Harks 24 12 6 1 1 0 1
C LaQuentin Miles 31 14 5 4 2 0 3
C- DeShone McClure 24 8 1 2 1 0 1
D Ryan Williams 17 7 2 2 1 0 2
D Terrell Brown 13 3 5 1 0 0 1
D Daouda Berete 15 4 2 2 1 0 1
D- Zach Padgett 8 2 1 0 0 0 0
D- Oliver Wells 12 2 1 1 0 0 1
F Lenell Brown 7 1 0 1 0 0 1
F Sean Young 4 0 1 0 1 0 1
F A. Ridley 3 0 1 0 0 0 0
MState Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C Roquez Johnson 28 13 6 0 1 1 3
C Fred Thomas 31 11 3 1 2 1 2
C- Jalen Steele 21 9 4 1 1 0 1
D+ Gavin Ware 23 8 6 0 1 1 2
D+ Colin Borchert 23 6 4 1 1 1 2
D+ Wendell Lewis 21 8 5 1 0 0 2
D+ T. Bloodman 31 5 4 3 1 0 3
D+ Craig Sword 27 8 3 2 2 0 5
D T. Cunningham 23 2 3 1 0 0 1
F Baxter Price 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
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