Alabama vs. Mississippi State: Full Game Preview

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Alabama vs. Mississippi State: Full Game Preview
Alabama
(9-6, 2-3 away)
Mississippi State
(7-7, 6-2 home)
Venue: Humphrey Coliseum
9:00PM ET / 6:00PM PT, January 16, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Alabama T Releford 16.3 M Gueye 4.5 T Lacey 3.3
Mississippi State R Johnson 12.0 G Ware 7.1 T Bloodman 2.9

In a 72-61 triumph over Georgia on January 12th, Jalen Steele put up 21 points and 7 rebounds for the Bulldogs. In addition to his 11.5 points per game, he is also chipping in 3.7 rebounds per game. In a 68-65 victory over Tennessee on January 12th, Levi Randolph put up 12 points and 6 rebounds for the Crimson Tide. He contributes 3.7 rebounds per game in addition to his 8.1 points per game.

Alabama StatSmack

  • We just win. Mississippi State has more wins over the last 5 years than Alabama (112 vs 105).
  • Mississippi State has a better overall winning percentage over the last 10 years (0.635 to 0.609).
  • Mississippi State can actually jump, with more rebounds (37.2 per game vs 32.6 per game) than Alabama this season.
  • Mississippi State is better under pressure, and has defeated Alabama in 7 out of the last 13 games decided by 5 points or fewer.
  • At least you keep showing up. Mississippi State has an average margin of victory of 8 over Alabama in 29 wins since 1980.
  • The Mississippi State rebounding leader (Gavin Ware) has more rebounds than the Alabama rebounding leader (Rodney Cooper).
  • We have a history of cultivating talent. Over the past 10 years, Mississippi State has had more players drafted by the NBA than Alabama (5 vs 3).
  • Craig Sword is ranked 5th in the SEC in steals.
  • We're so much better than you, we get lazy. Mississippi State has come back to win after being down at half against Alabama 4 times since 1996.
  • Winning is in our blood. Mississippi State had a better record in close games than Alabama last season (8-4 vs 1-5).
Bama Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Trevor Releford 32 16 2 3 2 0 2
B Trevor Lacey 31 12 4 3 1 0 2
C+ Rodney Cooper 28 12 4 1 1 0 2
C+ Levi Randolph 31 8 4 2 1 0 1
C Devonta Pollard 22 6 3 1 1 1 1
C Andrew Steele 18 5 3 2 1 0 2
C Carl Engstrom 13 3 3 0 0 1 1
C- Nick Jacobs 18 5 3 0 1 1 1
D+ Retin Obasohan 12 3 1 1 1 0 1
D+ Moussa Gueye 14 1 4 0 0 1 1
D+ Keon Blackledge 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Isiah Wilson 1 1 0 0 1 0 0
D+ Julian Goode 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D D. Slaughter 5 2 1 0 0 0 0
MState Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C Jalen Steele 23 12 4 1 1 0 2
C Colin Borchert 25 8 5 1 1 2 2
C Roquez Johnson 26 12 5 0 1 1 3
C Fred Thomas 30 10 3 1 2 1 1
C Gavin Ware 24 8 7 0 1 1 2
C- Craig Sword 26 10 3 2 2 0 4
D+ T. Bloodman 30 6 4 3 1 0 3
D+ Wendell Lewis 21 8 5 1 0 0 2
D T. Cunningham 23 3 3 2 1 0 1
F Baxter Price 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
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