The Florida Gators are set to take on the Mississippi State Bulldogs on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at Exactech Arena at the O’Connell Center. The two teams met once last season, with UF winning that tilt, 57-52. In anticipation of the match-up, ESPN 98.1 FM’s Steve Russell sat down with Mississippi State basketball radio analyst Richard Williams on Sportscene to discuss the game and the state of Bulldog basketball.
Williams was the head coach of Mississippi State for 12 seasons from 1986 until 1998. While in Starkville, Williams won two SEC Coach of the Year awards (1991, 1995), one SEC regular season championship (1991) and one SEC Tournament championship (1996). Williams has served as MSU’s radio analyst since the 2014-2015 season.
Williams discusses how freshmen Nick Weatherspoon, the younger brother of Quinndary Weatherspoon, and Abdul Ado have changed Mississippi State’s defensive effort.
Williams breaks down Abdul Ado’s ball screen defense and interior presence.
Williams describes how Mississippi State’s best offense comes off of transition opportunities.
Williams calls Nick Weatherspoon “one of the best freshman defenders I’ve ever been around.”
Williams discusses the Bulldogs’ point guard situation.
Williams breaks down the state of SEC basketball including Texas A&M, Kentucky and Florida.
Williams describes MSU’s season up to this point and who needs to step up as the team’s vocal leader.