Vanderbilt vs. Mississippi State: Full Game Preview
|Vanderbilt||K Johnson 13.4||K Bright 5.5||K Johnson 3.5|
|Mississippi State||C Sword 9.8||G Ware 6.5||T Bloodman 2.4|
Mississippi State plays host to Vanderbilt at Humphrey Coliseum on Saturday. It starts at 1:45 p.m. EST and you can catch it on SEC Network. The Bulldogs are 3-3 against the Commodores over the last four years. The last time they played they won 78-77 on Jan. 21, 2012.
Mississippi State is in 14th place in the SEC and Vanderbilt is in 11th. Both teams continue to fight for position.
The Bulldogs fell 64-56 to Alabama on Feb. 20. Jalen Steele finished with 15 points in the loss. He is averaging 9.7 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. The Commodores were defeated by Kentucky 74-70 on Feb. 20 despite 17 points and 7 assists from Kedren Johnson. He contributes a team-leading 13.4 points per game, 3.5 assists per game, and 1.2 steals per game.
- Mississippi State has a better overall winning percentage over the last 20 years (61.7 percent to 59.5 percent).
- The Mississippi State blocks leader (Colin Borchert, 30 blocks) has more blocks than the Vanderbilt blocks leader (Josh Henderson, 20 blocks).
- Gavin Ware is ranked 10th in the SEC in rebounds.
- The Mississippi State rebounding leader (Gavin Ware, 167 rebounds) has more rebounds than the Vanderbilt rebounding leader (Kevin Bright, 139 rebounds).
- Mississippi State beat Vanderbilt by 1 point the last time they played (Jan 21, 2012).
- Since 1998, Mississippi State has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Vanderbilt (eight vs. two).
- AP voters think more highly of Mississippi State and ranked them in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Vanderbilt (69 vs. 56).
- That must sting. Mississippi State has blown out Vanderbilt by 20 points or more on three occasions since 2001.
- The Mississippi State steals leader (Fred Thomas, 41 steals) has more steals than the Vanderbilt steals leader (Kedren Johnson, 31 steals).
- Fred Thomas is ranked 9th in the SEC in steals.