Mississippi State vs. Tennessee: Full Game Preview
|Mississippi State||R Johnson 11.4||G Ware 7.0||T Bloodman 2.8|
|Tennessee||J McRae 13.9||J Stokes 7.5||T Golden 4.2|
Mississippi State visits Thompson-Boling Arena on Saturday to take on Tennessee. It starts at 4:00 EST and you can catch it on SEC Network. The Bulldogs are 3-2 against the Volunteers over the last four years. The last time they met (1/12/2012) they won 62-58.
Mississippi State is currently in 3rd place in the SEC and Tennessee is in 11th place.
In their last match-up on January 16th, Fred Thomas put up 10 points and 5 rebounds for the Bulldogs in a loss to Alabama, 75-43. In addition to his 10.0 points per game, he is also chipping in 3.5 rebounds per game. For the Volunteers, Jordan McRae finished with 23 points in the 75-65 loss to Kentucky on January 15th. His 13.9 points per game is the highest mark on the team. Tennessee will hope to exploit their strength in free throw rate in this matchup. Their mark of 42.8 in this area ranks 1st in the conference and 31st in the country.
- Gavin Ware is ranked 10th in the SEC in rebounds.
- Starkville isn't as congested as Knoxville (population is significantly lower).
- You get an A for effort, but Mississippi State has emerged victorious against Tennessee the last 2 times they've played.
- Winning is in our blood. Mississippi State had a better record in close games than Tennessee last season (8-4 vs 5-7).
- You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Mississippi State currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (965 to 962) than Tennessee, per the NCAA.
- The Mississippi State blocks leader (Gavin Ware) has more blocks than the Tennessee blocks leader (Jarnell Stokes).
- Craig Sword is ranked 5th in the SEC in steals.
- At least you keep showing up. Mississippi State has an average margin of victory of 8 over Tennessee in 20 wins since 1980.
- The Mississippi State rebounding leader (Gavin Ware) has more rebounds than the Tennessee rebounding leader (Jarnell Stokes).
- Kids want to come here. Since 1998 Mississippi State has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Tennessee (8 vs 7).