Mississippi State vs. Florida: Full Game Preview

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Mississippi State vs. Florida: Full Game Preview
Mississippi State
(7-14, 1-8 away)
(2) Florida
(18-3, 12-0 home)
Venue: O'Connell Center
5:00PM ET / 2:00PM PT, February 09, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Mississippi State F Thomas 10.6 G Ware 6.8 T Bloodman 2.8
Florida K Boynton 13.2 P Young 6.6 S Wilbekin 5.0

Mississippi State visits O'Connell Center on Saturday to take on No. 2 Florida. It gets started at 5 p.m. EST and you can catch it on FSN or Sun Sports. The Bulldogs lost to the Gators 82-47 on Jan. 26 and are 3-3 against them over the last four years.

Mississippi State is in 12th place in the SEC, Florida is in first place. Mississippi State is struggling, currently on a seven-game losing streak.

The Bulldogs were defeated by Ole Miss 93-75 on Feb. 6 despite 17 points and 5 rebounds from Craig Sword. He is putting up 9.9 points per game while also averaging 3 rebounds per game. For the Gators, Scottie Wilbekin finished with 14 points and 7 rebounds in the 80-69 loss to Arkansas on Feb. 5. With 5 assists per game and 1.6 steals per game, he has team-best marks in both categories.

Comparing team stats, Florida looks to have an edge in three significant categories. The Gators turn the ball over less often than the Bulldogs, with an average of 11 per game to 17 per game. Additionally, Florida has an edge over Mississippi State in field goal percentage, 49 percent to 40 percent. And lastly, the Gators have the edge in scoring, 73 points per game to 61 points per game.

However, the Bulldogs have an advantage in blocked shots, where they lead the Gators, 4 per game to 3 per game. Florida will hope to exploit their strengths, which include: effective field goal percentage at 57.2 percent and defensive rebounding percentage at 74.0 percent.

Florida StatSmack

  • Fred Thomas is ranked 7th in the SEC in steals.
  • At least you keep showing up. Mississippi State has an average margin of victory of 11 over Florida in 18 wins since 1980.
  • Craig Sword is ranked 7th in the SEC in steals.
  • Colin Borchert is ranked 10th in the SEC in blocks.
  • The Mississippi State steals leader (Craig Sword, 37 steals) has more steals than the Florida steals leader (Scottie Wilbekin, 31 steals).
MState Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C Gavin Ware 25 9 7 0 1 1 1
C Fred Thomas 28 11 3 1 2 1 2
C- Colin Borchert 26 7 5 2 1 1 2
C- Jalen Steele 26 9 3 1 1 0 2
C- Craig Sword 26 10 3 2 2 0 4
C- Roquez Johnson 26 10 5 0 1 1 2
D+ Wendell Lewis 21 8 5 1 0 0 2
D+ T. Bloodman 29 6 3 3 1 0 3
D T. Cunningham 21 2 2 1 1 0 1
F Baxter Price 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
UF Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Erik Murphy 26 13 5 2 1 1 2
B Kenny Boynton 32 13 3 3 1 0 1
B Patric Young 27 11 7 1 1 2 2
B S. Wilbekin 32 10 3 5 2 0 2
B Mike Rosario 29 12 2 2 1 0 2
C+ Will Yeguete 22 6 6 1 1 0 2
C M. Frazier II 19 6 4 1 1 0 1
C Casey Prather 14 5 3 1 1 0 1
D+ Braxton Ogbueze 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Jacob Kurtz 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
D+ DeVon Walker 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Dillon Graham 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
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