College Basketball action on Saturday and we will see the Southeastern Conference grapple with the Big 12 Conference as the Mississippi State Bulldogs tangle with the Kansas State Wildcats. This contest has a start time of 11:30 am ET and will take place at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The Bulldogs enter this game at 6-2 on the year while the Cats are 6-3. This is part of the Never Forget Tribute Classic.
Bulldogs Get Bitten By The BulldogsThe Mississippi State Bulldogs are off a game against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and it was the team from Louisiana that came out on top. The game was a home one for Mississipi state and they lost that contest by a score of 74-67. The Bulldogs are now at 6-2 on the year and their other loss was at home as well as they fell to Villanova by a score of 83-76. The defense has played well for much of the year but the two losses were the only two times that they have allowed more 69 points. The defense will have to play well in this one as the Wildcats will not give up.
Against Louisiana Tech, The Bulldogs shot a solid 48% from the field overall, including 47% from long range but they lost the turnover battle by four and were outscored 12-6 from the charity stripe. Leading their attack was Tyson Carter (17.9 ppg), who had 20 points while Reggie Perry (14.6 ppg) had 14 points and grabbed 14 boards as well. The defense did not have a great showing as LA Tech shot 48% from the field and 62% 10/16) from long range.
Mississippi State enters this game ranked 137th in the nation in scoring at 74.0 ppg, 17th in field goal percentage at 49.4%, 35th in three-point shooting at 38.2% and 258th in free-throw shooting at 66.7%. On the defensive end of the floor, they are ranked 79th in points allowed at 63.8 ppg, 177th in defensive FG% at 42.1% and 218th in three-point defense at 33.3%.
And The Defense Shall Lead TheSolid play at the defensive end of the court is nothing new for the Kansas State Wildcats as they have not allowed more than 68.2 ppg over their last nine years and last year they allowed just 59.6 ppg. As you can see from the numbers below, the Wildcats have picked up right where they left off a year ago. They have needed their defense to play well as the offense just isn't there for KSU up to this point of the season. The Bulldogs are not a great offensive team but it still should be a good test of the Wildcats in this one. They have played two teams from a Power Six Conference and have allowed 66 ppg in those games.
Cats Win!— K-State Men's Basketball (@KStateMBB) December 12, 2019
K-State shoots over 60% with 29 assists in win over Alabama State. Xavier Sneed (20), Antonio Gordon (13) & DaJuan Gordon (13) in double figures. Diarra with a career-high 10 assists. #KStateMBB #CultureOfEffort pic.twitter.com/czGmYTTHrp
The Cats had no issues at all on either side of the court bin their last game as they crushed Alabama State by a score of 86-41. The Wildcats shot a sizzling 62% from the field overall, including 55% (12/22) from long range. It will not be that easy in this one as the Bulldogs have been solid on defense this year. Leading their attack was Xavier Sneed (15.1 ppg), who had 20 while Antonio Gordon (6.1 ppg) and Dajuan Gordon (7.4 ppg) each had 13. The defense was stifling as they held Alabama State to just 27% shooting from the field overall, including 29% (6/21) from long range. KSU is now 6-3 on the year but just 2-3 in their last five games.
Kansas State enters this game ranked 270th in the nation in scoring at 67.6 ppg, 202nd in field goal percentage at 43.4%, 214th in three-point shooting at 32.3% and 316th in free-throw shooting at 63.1%. On the defensive end of the floor, they are ranked 17th in points allowed at 58.1 ppg, 82nd in defensive FG% at 39.5% and 142nd in three-point defense at 31.5%.
Trends Are Courtesy Of Covers.com Mississippi State is:
- 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following an ATS loss
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite
Kansas State is:
- 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600
- 0-4 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games