Updated: Mississippi State (7-20) and Ole Miss (21-7) Square Off

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1ST2ND TOTAL SPREAD
  Ole Miss 30 37 67 -12.0
  Mississippi State 34 39 73 +12.0
Sat, Mar 02 2013, 04:00 PM CST

Humphrey Coliseum
Starkville, MS
Attendance: 8,140
TV: FSN

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On Saturday, Mississippi State hosts Ole Miss at Humphrey Coliseum. Tipoff occurs at 5 p.m. EST and you can catch it on FSN. The Bulldogs lost to the Rebels 93-75 on Feb. 6 and are 6-3 against them over the last four years.

Mississippi State is currently in 14th place in the SEC and Ole Miss is in fourth place.

In spite of 13 points and 6 rebounds from Fred Thomas, the Bulldogs came up short 85-55 against Kentucky on Feb. 27. He leads the team in steals per game with 1.7 while also putting up 9.6 points per game. For the Rebels, Murphy Holloway finished with 16 points and 9 rebounds in the 82-73 win over Texas A&M on Feb. 27. With 9.4 rebounds per game and 1.4 steals per game, he has team-best marks in both categories.

Reviewing current performance metrics, Ole Miss has an edge in three significant categories. The Rebels turn the ball over less often than the Bulldogs, with an average of 11 per game to 17 per game. In addition, Ole Miss has the edge in scoring, 79 points per game to 59 points per game. Finally, the Rebels have the edge in rebounding as well, 39 per game to 32 per game. From a tempo-free perspective, Ole Miss is strong in turnover percentage at 16.0 percent. This is good enough for first in the conference and ninth in the nation.

StatSmack! Mississippi State is better than Ole Miss
  • Mississippi State has a stronger schedule than Ole Miss this season (SOS Rank: No. 101 vs. No. 130).
  • Mississippi State has come back to win after being down at half against Ole Miss seven times since 1999.
  • The Mississippi State steals leader (Fred Thomas, 45 steals) has more steals than the Ole Miss steals leader (Murphy Holloway, 40 steals).
  • Diaper Dandies love Mississippi State. Mississippi State has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Ole Miss (2 vs. 0).
MISS Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B M. Henderson 31 20 3 2 1 0 2
B Murphy Holloway 30 15 9 1 1 1 2
B R. Buckner 28 10 8 1 1 3 1
C+ Jarvis Summers 27 9 2 4 1 0 1
C Nick Williams 25 9 2 2 1 0 1
C Aaron Jones 17 3 4 1 1 2 1
C LaDarius White 20 6 2 1 1 0 1
C D. Millinghaus 14 6 1 2 1 0 1
D+ M. Newby 7 2 1 1 1 0 1
D+ Terry Brutus 8 1 2 0 0 0 0
D+ Anthony Perez 7 2 2 0 0 0 1
D Demarco Cox 6 2 1 0 0 0 0
D Will Norman 2 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Cade Peeper 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
MState Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C Gavin Ware 26 9 6 0 1 1 1
C Fred Thomas 28 10 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 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

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1 Florida 36-3 18-0
2 Kentucky 29-11 12-6
2 Georgia 20-14 12-6
4 Tennessee 24-13 11-7
5 Arkansas 22-12 10-8
6 Missouri 23-12 9-9
6 LSU 20-14 9-9
6 Ole Miss 19-14 9-9
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10 Vanderbilt 15-16 7-11
10 Alabama 13-19 7-11
12 Auburn 14-16 6-12
13 South Carolina 14-20 5-13
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2013-2014 Roster

#2 A. Applewhite So G 6-5 217
#4 T. Bloodman Jr G 6-0 182
#3 Colin Borchert Sr F 6-8 231
#24 T. Cunningham Sr G 6-3 197
#11 Jacoby Davis Fr G 6-1 191
#33 Kyle Dobbs Fr G 6-6 160
#25 Roquez Johnson Jr F 6-7 210
#13 Tevin Moore Jr G 6-3 185
#22 Fallou Ndoye Fr F 6-11 215
#10 Dallas Prater Fr G 6-3 170
#15 I.J. Ready Fr G 5-11 170
#0 Jalen Steele Jr G 6-3 194
#32 Craig Sword So G 6-3 194
#1 Fred Thomas So G 6-5 206
#20 Gavin Ware So F 6-9 268
#12 D. Wilson Fr F 6-5 215