2019 Tournament PreviewThe Bulldogs are dancing for the first time since 2009 after finishing sixth in the SEC. Balance is their calling card, as they rank 14th nationally in offensive efficiency and 51st in defensive efficiency, according to KenPom. They thrive on keeping possessions alive by pounding the offensive glass (18th in offensive rebound rate). On the other end, the Bulldogs run a havoc-based defense, creating turnovers with the nation's 21st-ranked block percentage and 19th-ranked steal percentage, though the aggressiveness sometimes costs them on the defensive boards (248th in defensive rebounding rate). The Bulldogs are a battle-tested bunch. They've played 15 Quadrant 1 games, winning eight, and their strength of schedule ranks 30th in the nation, per KenPom. The Bulldogs are led by 6-4 wing Quinndary Weatherspoon (18.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg), who shoots 39.8 percent from 3-point range, and point guard Lamar Peters (11.7 ppg, 5.2 apg), who shoots 38.1 percent from distance. But guard Nick Weatherspoon (9.6 ppg) was suspended mid-February and MSU has not beaten a tournament team since, losing in the SEC quarterfinals.
Scouting Report Offense Defense
Efficiency 112.0 (22nd) 102.0 (149th)
Pace 68.5 (201st)
Effective FG% 54.6 (27th) 50.3 (156th)
Turnover % 16.6 (203rd) 17.2 (112th)
Off Reb % 34.7 (19th) 29.6 (243rd)
FTA/FGA 32.6 (192nd) 32.1 (159th)
3P% 37.7 (34th) 35.7 (257th)
2P% 53.3 (54th) 48.4 (95th)
FT% 71.7 (143rd) 71.5 (224th)
3PA/FGA 39.1 (162nd) 36.6 (104th)
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Mississippi State (23-11)
(10-8) In Southeastern
AP Poll: #28 Coaches Poll: #39 NET: #21 RPI: #24
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