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

The Crimson Tide got past Tennessee 68-65 on January 12th with the help of 15 points from Trevor Releford. He contributes a team-high 16.3 points per game and 1.8 steals per game. For the Bulldogs, Jalen Steele finished with 21 points and 7 rebounds in the 72-61 win over Georgia on January 12th. He contributes 3.7 rebounds per game in addition to his 11.5 points per game. Mississippi State will hope to exploit their strength in free throw rate in this matchup. Their mark of 43.4 in this area ranks 1st in the conference and 26th in the country.

Mississippi State StatSmack

  • You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Alabama currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (984 to 965) than Mississippi State, per the NCAA.
  • Alabama is bigger. The average weight of the top 8 players on Alabama is 220 lbs compared to 214 lbs for Mississippi State.
  • Alabama embarrassed Mississippi State by 17 points the last time they played (Feb 25, 2012).
  • Keep filling up on cupcakes. Alabama has a stronger schedule than Mississippi State this season (SOS Rank: #33 vs #234).
  • Alabama is a better shooting team (44.3% vs 39.5%) than Mississippi State this season.
  • Alabama is a better three-point shooting team (33.8% vs 24.2%) than Mississippi State this season.
  • Trevor Releford is ranked 5th in the SEC in steals.
  • Trevor Lacey is ranked 5th in the SEC in three-pointers and 10th in the SEC in assists.
  • The Alabama blocks leader (Devonta Pollard) has more blocks than the Mississippi State blocks leader (Gavin Ware).
  • Alabama players are more experienced than Mississippi State players (9,219 minutes played vs 4,859 minutes played).
  • The Alabama basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Mississippi State (75% vs 43%).
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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