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Western Kentucky vs. Middle Tenn State: Full Game Preview
Western Kentucky
(11-10, 3-7 away)
Middle Tenn State
(17-4, 10-0 home)
Venue: Murphy Center
4:00PM ET / 1:00PM PT, January 26, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Western Kentucky J Crook 14.5 B Harris 6.6 J Crook 4.5
Middle Tenn State M Knight 12.6 S Jones 6.0 B Massey Jr 3.0

On Saturday, Western Kentucky travels to Murphy Center to take on Middle Tennessee State. It takes place at 4:00 EST and you can catch it on ESPN 2. The Hilltoppers are 3-5 against the Blue Raiders over the last four years. The last time they met (2/25/2012) they won 73-67.

Western Kentucky is in 5th place in the Sun Belt, Middle Tennessee State is in 1st place.

In spite of 14 points and 7 rebounds from Brandon Harris, the Hilltoppers came up short 65-57 against South Alabama on January 24th. He tallies 9.0 points per game in addition to a team-best 6.6 rebounds per game. For the Blue Raiders, Marcos Knight put up 15 points and 5 assists in the 72-64 win over North Texas on January 24th. He leads the team in points with 12.6 per game and steals with 1.6 per game. A key area of strength for Middle Tennessee State is offensive rebounding percentage at 38.2, which ranks 1st in their conference (and 27th nationally).

Middle Tennessee State StatSmack

  • The Western Kentucky rebounding leader (Brandon Harris) has more rebounds than the Middle Tennessee State rebounding leader (Shawn Jones).
  • Western Kentucky beat Middle Tennessee State by 6 points the last time they played (Feb 25, 2012).
  • T.J. Price is ranked 8th in the Sun Belt in points and 5th in the Sun Belt in three-pointers.
  • The Western Kentucky assist leader (Jamal Crook) has more assists than the Middle Tennessee State assist leader (Trantell Knight).
  • The Western Kentucky basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Middle Tennessee State (100% vs 42%).
  • The Western Kentucky scoring leader (T.J. Price) has more points than the Middle Tennessee State scoring leader (Marcos Knight).
  • George Fant is ranked 7th in the Sun Belt in rebounds and 10th in the Sun Belt in blocks.
  • Western Kentucky is better under pressure, and has defeated Middle Tennessee State in 6 out of the last 8 games decided by 5 points or fewer.
  • Jamal Crook is ranked 10th in the Sun Belt in points, 3rd in the Sun Belt in assists, and 6th in the Sun Belt in steals.
  • We just win. Western Kentucky has more wins over the last 5 years than Middle Tennessee State (117 vs 108).
WKU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B- Jamal Crook 31 14 3 5 2 0 2
C Brandon Harris 32 9 7 2 1 0 2
C T.J. Price 31 14 4 2 1 0 3
C George Fant 29 12 6 1 1 1 3
C- Teeng Akol 17 7 4 1 0 1 1
D+ Kevin Kaspar 26 6 3 2 1 0 2
D+ O`Karo Akamune 14 3 3 0 1 0 1
D Percy Blade 12 3 2 0 0 0 1
D Spence Sheldon 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
D Aleksejs Rostov 10 3 2 0 0 0 1
D Eddie Alcantara 6 1 1 0 0 0 1
D Stephon Drane 8 2 2 0 1 0 1
D Kene Anyigbo 8 2 2 0 0 0 1
D Caden Dickerson 19 3 1 1 1 0 1
D- Marcus Vasquez 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
MTSU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B- Marcos Knight 27 13 6 2 2 0 2
C+ Shawn Jones 22 9 6 0 0 1 1
C Trantell Knight 18 5 2 3 2 0 1
C Raymond Cintron 22 8 1 1 1 0 1
C Bruce Massey Jr 22 5 3 3 1 0 2
C Neiko Hunter 18 8 3 0 0 0 2
C K. Hammonds II 21 6 3 2 1 0 1
C JT Sulton 18 6 4 0 1 0 1
D+ J. Gallman Jr 13 4 1 1 0 0 0
D+ Jason Jones Jr 10 4 2 1 0 0 1
D Jacquez Rozier 9 2 2 0 0 0 1
D Finoy Perkins 1 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Torin Walker 6 2 1 0 0 0 1
D Gavin Gibson 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Zane Gibson 4 0 1 0 0 0 0
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