South Carolina vs. Mississippi State: Full Game Preview

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South Carolina vs. Mississippi State: Full Game Preview
South Carolina
(10-3, 2-1 away)
Mississippi State
(5-7, 5-2 home)
Venue: Humphrey Coliseum
8:00PM ET / 5:00PM PT, January 09, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
South Carolina B Williams 12.3 L Jackson 7.4 E Smith 4.3
Mississippi State R Johnson 12.5 G Ware 7.2 T Bloodman 2.7

In their last match-up, Lakeem Jackson finished with 16 points and 8 rebounds in the Gamecocks 80-69 victory over South Carolina State on January 5th. A crucial part of the team, he leads the way with 7.4 rebounds per game and 0.9 blocks per game. For the Bulldogs, Colin Borchert put up 17 points and 8 rebounds in the 97-46 blowout of New Orleans on January 3rd. He is averaging 7.7 points per game in addition to a team-best 1.7 blocks per game. A key area of strength for Mississippi State is free throw rate at 43.5, which ranks 2nd in their conference (and 28th nationally).

Mississippi State StatSmack

  • Eric Smith is ranked 3rd in the SEC in assists.
  • It's only wins and losses, but South Carolina has a better overall record than Mississippi State this season (9-3 vs 4-7).
  • The South Carolina blocks leader (Mindaugas Kacinas) has more blocks than the Mississippi State blocks leader (Gavin Ware).
  • South Carolina allows fewer rebounds (28.4 allowed per game vs 36.4 allowed per game) than Mississippi State this season.
  • Brenton Williams is ranked 8th in the SEC in three-pointers.
  • South Carolina is a better shooting team (46.1% vs 39.5%) than Mississippi State this season.
  • At least you keep showing up. South Carolina has an average margin of victory of 9 over Mississippi State in 8 wins since 1991.
  • The South Carolina scoring leader (Brenton Williams) has more points than the Mississippi State scoring leader (Roquez Johnson).
  • Lakeem Jackson is ranked 4th in the SEC in rebounds.
  • South Carolina has a more potent offense, scoring more points (73.5 per game vs 60.0 per game) than Mississippi State this season.
  • The South Carolina three-point leader (Brenton Williams) has more three-pointers than the Mississippi State three-point leader (Fred Thomas).
USC Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C+ Lakeem Jackson 32 10 7 2 1 1 3
C LaShay Page 24 12 3 1 0 0 2
C Michael Carrera 18 9 7 1 0 1 2
C B. Williams 23 12 2 1 1 0 2
C M. Kacinas 27 8 6 1 0 1 2
C B. Richardson 22 10 3 2 1 1 1
C- Eric Smith 28 6 2 4 1 0 3
D+ Bruce Ellington 26 10 2 1 1 0 4
D+ RJ Slawson 16 5 4 1 1 1 1
D L. Chatkevicius 11 3 3 1 0 0 2
D Damien Leonard 13 4 2 1 0 0 1
D Brian Steele 2 1 1 0 1 0 1
D A. Constable 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D- Shane Phillips 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
MState Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C Roquez Johnson 27 13 5 0 1 1 3
C Colin Borchert 25 8 5 1 1 2 2
C Fred Thomas 30 10 3 1 2 1 1
C Gavin Ware 25 9 7 0 1 1 2
C- Jalen Steele 22 10 3 1 1 0 1
D+ Craig Sword 26 9 3 2 2 0 4
D+ Wendell Lewis 21 8 5 1 0 0 2
D+ T. Bloodman 30 6 4 3 1 0 3
D T. Cunningham 23 3 3 1 1 0 1
F Baxter Price 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
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