Mississippi State vs. Arkansas: Full Game Preview
|Mississippi State||J Steele 11.1||G Ware 7.1||T Bloodman 2.8|
|Arkansas||B Young 17.2||M Powell 5.6||B Young 4.1|
On Wednesday, Mississippi State heads to Bud Walton Arena to take on Arkansas. Tip-off occurs at 9:00 EST and you can catch it on CSS. The Bulldogs are 6-2 against the Razorbacks over the last four years. The last time they met (3/3/2012) they won 79-59.
Arkansas and Mississippi State share the 6th spot in the conference.
In their last outing, despite 15 points from Jalen Steele, the Bulldogs fell to Tennessee 72-57 on January 19th. At 11.1, he paces the team in points per game. For the Razorbacks, Marshawn Powell finished with 16 points in the 76-64 loss to Ole Miss on January 19th. He averages 15.2 points per game in addition to a team-best 5.6 rebounds per game.
Arkansas has an edge in three key statistical categories. The Razorbacks have an advantage over the Bulldogs in assists, with an average of 15 per game to nine per game. Arkansas also turns it over less, 11 per game to 17 per game. And lastly, the Razorbacks have the edge in scoring, 78 points per game to 61 points per game. Arkansas will hope to exploit their strength in turnover percentage in this matchup. Their mark of 16.1 in this area ranks 1st in the conference and 9th in the country.
- We just win. Mississippi State has more wins over the last 5 years than Arkansas (112 vs 95).
- The Mississippi State steals leader (Craig Sword) has more steals than the Arkansas steals leader (Mardracus Wade).
- At least you keep showing up. Mississippi State has an average margin of victory of 12 over Arkansas in 21 wins since 1991.
- Gavin Ware is ranked 10th in the SEC in rebounds.
- AP voters think more highly of Mississippi State and have put us in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Arkansas (69 vs 14).
- The Mississippi State rebounding leader (Gavin Ware) has more rebounds than the Arkansas rebounding leader (Marshawn Powell).
- We have a history of cultivating talent. Over the past 10 years, Mississippi State has had more players drafted by the NBA than Arkansas (5 vs 2).
- Mississippi State takes less vacation, with more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Arkansas (5 vs 3).
- It must sting. Mississippi State has blown out Arkansas by 20 points or more on 4 occasions since 2002.