On Tuesday night, the Mississippi St Bulldogs will travel to Lexington to take on the Kentucky Wildcats. Mississippi St comes in at 14-3 and is ranked number 22 in the nation. Kentucky comes in at 14-3 as well, and the Wildcats are ranked 8th.
Both Teams Coming Off Of Victories
Mississippi St is coming off a 71-55 victory over Vanderbilt on Saturday. Quinndary Weatherspoon led the Bulldogs in scoring with 17 points on 6 of 12 shooting. He also tallied 8 rebounds and led the team in assists with 4. Tyson Carter and Aric Holman both tied for second in points with 10 apiece. Carter shot 4 of 8 from the field, and Holman shot 4 of 9. Holman was one rebound shy of a double-double with 9 boards and was the team leader in rebounds. Lamar Peters had a quiet game in this one, scoring just 7 points to go along with 2 rebounds and 2 assists, but was saddled to the bench with foul trouble throughout the game.
Kentucky is coming off a thrilling 82-80 victory over Auburn on Saturday. Kentucky led for most of the game, but Auburn had a shot at the buzzer to win it but came up short. Freshmen Keldon Johnson and Tyler Herro tied for the team lead in points with 20 each. Johnson went 7 for 11 from the field, and Herro went 6 for 12 and hit 3 three-pointers. Stanford graduate transfer Reid Travis was the next highest scorer with 17 points, and he went 6 for 7 shooting. P.J. Washington was the last Wildcat in double figures with 13 points. Travis, Washington, and Ashton Hagans all tied for the team lead in rebounds with 7 and Hagans was the leading assister with 6.
Weatherspoon Leads Mississippi State
Mississippi St is led in scoring by Quinndary Weatherspoon, who averages 16.6 points. His brother, Nick Weatherspoon, also plays a key role on the team and averages 10.2 a game. There are two other Bulldogs averaging double figures. Lamar Peters averages 13.4 points a game and Aric Holman adds 12.4 per game. Holman is the leading rebounder as he pulls down 8.1 boards a game. Peters is the leading assister with 5.8 a game. The Bulldogs are averaging 79 points per game on 48% shooting, and they are allowing opponents to score 68.1 points a game.
Kentucky is led in scoring by two freshmen. Keldon Johnson averages 14.9 points per game, and classmate Tyler Herro is not far behind with 13.5 a game. Reid Travis pours in 13 points per game, and P.J. Washington chips in 11.8 per contest. Washington also leads the team on the glass with 7.9 rebounds each game. Ashton Hagans leads the team in dimes, averaging 3.6 a game. The Wildcats’ numbers are very similar to Mississippi St’s on both ends of the floor. Kentucky averages 80.2 points per game on 48.9% shooting and allows 68.2 points a game.
Wildcats vs. Bulldogs Prediction
Kentucky comes in at -6.5. The crown will be insane at Rupp Arena, but a key ingredient of the Bulldogs that will come up big in this environment is their experience. Their guards are experienced and have been here before and will be able to handle the pressure. Kentucky, even though they are talented, is very inexperienced. This is too many points to give a solid team with experience. Expect Mississippi St to stay close throughout this one. Take Mississippi St +6.5.
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