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|
On Saturday, Tennessee plays host to Mississippi State at Thompson-Boling Arena. Tip-off is at 4:00 EST and it can be seen on SEC Network. The Volunteers are 2-3 against the Bulldogs over the last four years. They fell 62-58 on 1/12/2012, the last time they met.
Tennessee is in 11th place in the conference, Mississippi State is in 3rd place.
In their last outing, despite 23 points from Jordan McRae, the Volunteers fell to Kentucky 75-65 on January 15th. At 13.9, he paces the team in points per game. The Bulldogs were defeated by Alabama 75-43 on January 16th despite 4 points and 5 rebounds from Gavin Ware. He is averaging 8.1 points per game and leads the team in rebounds with 7.0 per game. When considering the Four Factors, Mississippi State performs well in free throw rate at 41.9. This ranks 2nd in the conference and 38th in the country.
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- Skylar McBee is ranked 10th in the SEC in three-pointers.
- Trae Golden is ranked 2nd in the SEC in assists.
- Tennessee allows fewer rebounds (32.4 allowed per game vs 36.4 allowed per game) than Mississippi State this season.
- Diaper Dandies love us. Tennessee has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Mississippi State (7 vs 2).
- AP voters think more highly of Tennessee and have put us in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Mississippi State (77 vs 69).
- Tennessee is a better three-point shooting team (28.0% vs 24.2%) than Mississippi State this season.
- Tennessee is better under pressure, and has defeated Mississippi State in 5 out of the last 9 games decided by 5 points or fewer.
- Keep filling up on cupcakes. Tennessee has a stronger schedule than Mississippi State this season (SOS Rank: #85 vs #234).
- Tennessee has a better scoring defense (56.4 allowed per game vs 64.9 allowed per game) than Mississippi State this season.
- We just win. Tennessee has more wins over the last 5 years than Mississippi State (126 vs 112).
- We win when it counts, too. Tennessee has more NCAA Tournament wins over the last 10 years than Mississippi State (8 vs 3).