Mississippi State vs. South Carolina: Full Game Preview

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Mississippi State vs. South Carolina: Full Game Preview
Mississippi State
(8-20, 1-12 away)
South Carolina
(13-16, 10-8 home)
Venue: Colonial Life Arena
7:00PM ET / 4:00PM PT, March 06, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Mississippi State J Steele 9.7 G Ware 6.4 T Bloodman 2.4
South Carolina L Page 11.7 M Carrera 7.2 E Smith 3.0

South Carolina plays host to Mississippi State at Colonial Life Arena on Wednesday. The game tips off at 7 p.m. EST and you can see it on ESPN3.com. The Gamecocks fell to the Bulldogs 56-54 on Jan. 9 and are 0-6 against them over the last four years.

Mississippi State and South Carolina share 12th place in the SEC.

In their last outing, despite 16 points and nine rebounds from Michael Carrera, the Gamecocks fell to Texas A&M 74-56 on Mar. 2. In addition to a team-leading 7.2 rebounds per game, he chips in 10.4 points per game. For the Bulldogs, Colin Borchert finished with 21 points and seven rebounds in the 73-67 win over Ole Miss on Mar. 2. He averages 8.4 points per game in addition to a team-best 1.3 blocks per game.

Digging into season numbers, South Carolina has the advantage in one key category, scoring, where the Gamecocks have an edge over the Bulldogs, 66 points per game to 59.7 points per game.

Mississippi State StatSmack

  • Diaper Dandies love South Carolina. South Carolina has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Mississippi State (3 vs. 2).
  • South Carolina allows fewer rebounds (32.8 allowed per game vs. 37.5 allowed per game) than Mississippi State this season.
  • The South Carolina scoring leader (Brenton Williams, 279 points) has more points than the Mississippi State scoring leader (Craig Sword, 271 points).
  • South Carolina has a potent offense, scoring more points (66.0 per game vs. 59.7 per game) than Mississippi State this season.
  • South Carolina is a better three-point shooting team (32.4 percent vs. 27.1 percent) than Mississippi State this season.
  • Even computers respect South Carolina more. South Carolina has a better RPI this season than Mississippi State (RPI: No. 202 vs. No. 225).
  • South Carolina players are more experienced than Mississippi State players (14,753 minutes played vs. 8,284 minutes played).
  • The South Carolina assist leader (Eric Smith, 88 assists) has more assists than the Mississippi State assist leader (Trivante Bloodman, 66 assists).
  • It's only wins and losses, but South Carolina has a better overall record than Mississippi State this season (13-16 vs. 8-20).
  • South Carolina has an average margin of victory of 9 over Mississippi State in eight wins since 1991.
  • You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? South Carolina currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (968 to 965) than Mississippi State, 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 4 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 25 9 5 0 1 1 2
D+ T. Bloodman 29 6 3 2 1 0 3
D+ Wendell Lewis 21 8 5 1 0 0 2
D T. Cunningham 21 2 2 1 1 0 1
USC Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C+ Michael Carrera 22 10 7 1 0 1 2
C LaShay Page 24 12 3 1 0 0 2
C Lakeem Jackson 29 8 6 2 1 1 2
C Bruce Ellington 33 10 3 3 1 0 3
C B. Williams 20 10 2 1 1 0 1
C- B. Richardson 20 8 2 1 1 0 1
D+ M. Kacinas 20 5 4 1 0 1 2
D+ Eric Smith 28 6 2 3 1 0 2
D+ RJ Slawson 16 4 4 1 1 1 1
D L. Chatkevicius 13 4 3 1 0 0 1
D Damien Leonard 15 4 2 1 0 0 1
D- Brian Steele 8 1 1 0 1 0 1
F Shane Phillips 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
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