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Gameday Capsule: Little Rock at MSU

 

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LITTLE ROCK (3-9) at MISSISSIPPI STATE (9-1) 

 

BROADCAST INFO: 7 p.m. on SEC Network+ with Bart Gregory and Matt Wyatt, plus the MSU Radio Network with Neil Price and Richard Williams. 

 

LITTLE ROCK's LAST 5: L 74-66 (2OT) vs. Oral Roberts, L 69-54 at Central Arkansas, L 86-46 at Bradley, L 57-55 at Sam Houston State, W 94-49 vs. University of the Ozarks (DII). 

 

MSU's LAST 5: W 83-59 vs. North Dakota State, W 61-59 vs. Dayton, W 95-62 vs. North Georgia, L 65-50 at Cincinnati, W 92-61 vs. UT Martin. 

 

LITTLE ROCK's RESUMÉ: Those of you that really get into the NCAA Tournament probably remember Little Rock as a consistent Tourney participant and at times as good an upset pick as any in the field...that's not this team. Little Rock started its season by losing to DII Ouachita Baptist and hasn't been all that impressive since. Looking at the KenPom rankings, Little Rock has losses to No. 238 Robert Morris at home and 249 Sam Houston State on the road. 

 

LITTLE ROCK PROJECTED STARTERS 

 

G 30 Anthony Black, Jr., 5'7", 150 -- 7.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.16 spg, leads the team with 52 3-point attempts (36.5 percent). 

 

G 10 Jaizec Lottie Fr., 6'1", 170 -- 6.7 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.3 apg, nearly averaging 2 turnovers per game. 

 

G 1 Andre Jones, Soph., 6'4", 198 -- 13 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2 apg, 13.9 percent 3-point shooter. 

 

F 14 Damir Hadzic, Fr., 6'8", 227 -- 5.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg, only 16.3 minutes per game. 

 

F 5 Oliver Black, Jr., 6'9", 226 -- 5.5 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 38 offensive rebounds in 12 games. 

 

MISSISSIPPI STATE PROJECTED STARTERS 

 

G 0 Nick Weatherspoon, Fr., 6'2", 195 -- 11 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.3 spg, 49.4 percent shooter. 

 

G 23 Tyson Carter, Soph., 6'4", 165 -- 12.2 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.2 apg, 16-18 from the free throw line. 

 

G 11 Quinndary Weatherspoon, Jr., 6'4", 205 -- 13.9 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 4.7 apg, 1.6 spg, 12 point shy of 1,000 career points. 

 

F 35 Aric Holman, Jr., 6'10", 225 -- 12.7 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.3 bpg, 68.1 percent shooter, 17.3 ppg over the last three games. 

 

F 24 Abdul Ado, R-Fr., 6'11", 250 -- 6.3 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.5 bpg, 1.3 spg, has not scored more than six points in a game since Nov. 26.  

 

NOTES: KenPom gives MSU a 97 percent chance of winning this game with a final score of 75-55...Little Rock starting big man Oliver Black is a former MSU Bulldog...MSU blocks 17.2 percent of its opponents' 2-point shot attempts, which ranks 11th in the nation...Andre Jones is very much a volume shooter: when he's on the floor, he takes 34.3 percent of the team's shots, which ranks 30th in the nation...Little Rock is one of the nation's worst free-throw shooting teams, 65 percent.

 

 

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