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People are going to be quick to state that this is the year it finally comes together for the Bulldogs. After all, they've beaten Texas A&M, Arizona and West Virginia already, and are No. 17 in the polls with a 8-1 ranking! Doing so would be ignoring their loss to Akron, and would also be ignoring some major deficiencies they have.
First, the good. Dee Bost and Arnett Moultrie are what make the Bulldogs go, not Renardo Sidney. Bost and Moultrie each average 17 points per game, while Moultrie brings down 11 rebounds per game. Bost is a stat-sheet stuffer, averaging over four rebounds and four assists per game. Bost is one of the most un-heralded players in the nation.
Now for the bad. The Bulldogs aren't particularly deep. Sidney is still only averaging 22 minutes per game, forcing extra pressure on Bost, Moultrie, Rodney Hood and Brian Bryant. All four of those men average over 30 minutes per game. I'm skeptical about whether they can keep that up.
The Bulldogs don't get to the free throw line very often, and when they do, they are shooting only 68.3 percent.
Overall, MSU is a fair, 19-win team. They should be on the right side of the bubble come March. They just aren't a top-15 team quite yet.
If any of their starters were to miss an extended period of time, they would be especially hurt, given their lack of depth. Or, if Moultrie and Bost struggle, they will be in trouble. The two combined to go 4-for-22 against Akron in the team's only loss.