Mississippi State vs. Kentucky: Full Game Preview

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Mississippi State vs. Kentucky: Full Game Preview
Mississippi State
(7-19, 1-11 away)
Kentucky
(19-8, 15-2 home)
Venue: Rupp Arena
8:00PM ET / 5:00PM PT, February 27, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Mississippi State C Sword 9.8 G Ware 6.5 T Bloodman 2.4
Kentucky A Goodwin 13.9 N Noel 9.5 R Harrow 3.2

On Wednesday, Mississippi State visits Rupp Arena to take on Kentucky. Tipoff occurs at 8 p.m. EST and you can catch it on SEC Network. The Bulldogs are 1-4 against the Wildcats over the last four years. They lost 73-64 the last time they played (Feb. 21, 2012).

Mississippi State is currently in 14th place in the SEC and Kentucky is in third place.

In spite of 9 points from Jalen Steele, the Bulldogs came up short 72-31 against Vanderbilt on Feb. 23. In addition to his 9.7 points per game, he is also chipping in 2.9 rebounds per game. For the Wildcats, Alex Poythress finished with 21 points and 7 rebounds in the 90-83 win over Missouri on Feb. 23. He contributes 6.1 rebounds per game in addition to his 11.9 points per game.

Kentucky has a statistical edge over Mississippi State in three specific areas. The Wildcats have an advantage over the Bulldogs in assists, with an average of 14 per game to 9 per game. In addition, Kentucky has the edge in scoring, 74 points per game to 59 points per game. Finally, the Wildcats have the edge in field goal percentage as well, 48 percent to 39 percent. Kentucky ranks second in their conference in effective field goal percentage at 53.5 percent, which also places them 24th in the country.

Kentucky StatSmack

  • Fred Thomas is ranked 9th in the SEC in steals.
  • Starkville isn't as congested as Lexington (population is significantly lower).
  • You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Mississippi State currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (965 to 963) than Kentucky, per the NCAA.
MState Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C Gavin Ware 26 9 6 0 1 1 1
C Fred Thomas 28 9 3 1 2 1 2
C- Colin Borchert 27 8 5 1 1 1 2
C- Jalen Steele 27 10 3 1 1 0 2
C- Craig Sword 26 10 3 2 2 0 4
D+ Roquez Johnson 26 9 4 0 1 1 2
D+ Wendell Lewis 21 8 5 1 0 0 2
D+ T. Bloodman 29 6 3 2 1 0 3
D T. Cunningham 21 3 2 1 1 0 1
F Baxter Price 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
UK Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Nerlens Noel 32 10 9 2 2 4 2
B Archie Goodwin 32 14 5 3 1 1 3
B Alex Poythress 26 12 6 1 0 0 2
B- Julius Mays 33 10 3 3 0 0 1
B- Kyle Wiltjer 25 11 4 2 0 1 1
B- W. Cauley-Stein 21 8 6 1 1 2 1
C+ Ryan Harrow 28 10 3 3 1 0 2
D+ Jarrod Polson 13 3 2 1 0 0 1
D+ Brian Long 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Jon Hood 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Twany Beckham 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Sam Malone 2 0 1 0 0 0 1
D Tod Lanter 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
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