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SEC Basketball Preview: Auburn Versus Mississippi State

Coming off a five-point win against the Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday, the Mississippi State Bulldogs Men’s Basketball team travels to Alabama to release their leash again with a potential “W” against the Auburn Tigers on Tuesday at 9 p.m.

While the Bulldogs defeated the Volunteers 64-59 on Feb.4, the Tigers lost to Tennessee on Jan.31 by 10 points with a final score of 87-77.  The (15-8) Auburn Tigers have a 4-6 conference record, and the (14-8) Mississippi State Bulldogs have a 5-5 conference record. Auburn Head Coach Bruce Pearl said what he expects from the Bulldogs offense.

“They had a great win Saturday,” Pearl said. “They have come from behind four times now trailing by 10 points or more, which tells you a little bit about their character and the weapons they have offensively.

Needless to say, tonight should be an SEC battle against the two teams.

Tiger Talk

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Auburn’s Pros and Cons:

Although the Tigers did not defeat Tennessee, they are coming off of a win of 82-77 to their big rival, the Crimson Tide. During Auburn’s game against Tennessee, the Tigers struggled to pass the ball down low to freshman center #50 Austin Wiley . This pattern continued into their game against Alabama and led to opponents receiving quick turnover points.

Auburn was able to figure it out in their game again  percent of his 3-point shots and 50 percent of his 2-point shots resulting in 15 points. In regards to assists, T.J. Dunans, Ronnie Johnson and Bryce Brown all went home that night with three assists as well. Pearl said how important this win was to their team.

Auburn Statistics:

  • Average Points Per Game: 79
  • Average Rebounds Per Game: 37
  • Average Assists Made Per Game: 12
  • Percentage of Shots Made beyond the Arc Per Game: 35.3%
  • Free Throws Attempted This Season: 1399
  • Free Throws Made This Season: 603

Bulldog Babble

Mississippi State’s Pros and Cons:

The Bulldogs are working with a young team this year consisting of nine freshmen, four sophomores, and only one junior and one senior. Without having played together for a while, the Bulldogs have found themselves not playing to their full potential in comparison to other teams.

Quinndary Weatherspoon and Lamar Peters are the team’s double-digit average scoring players. Quinndary Weatherspoon averages 17 points and 4.8 rebounds per game, while Lamar Peters averages 11.9 points and 2 rebounds per game. The young Bulldogs stepped up their game against Tennessee with players scoring their career highs. Mario Kegler scored 17 points against Tennessee, and Xavian Stapleton scored 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Mississippi Statistics:

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  • Average Points Per Game: 74
  • Average Rebounds Per Game: 36
  • Average Assists Made Per Game: 12
  • Percentage of Shots Made beyond the Arc Per Game: 36.1%
  • Free Throws Attempted This Season: 474
  • Free Throws Made This Season: 322

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