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Gameday Capsule: North Florida at MSU






BROADCAST INFO: 4 p.m. on SEC Network+, plus Jim Ellis on the MSU Radio Network since Neil Price is in Jacksonville for the TaxSlayer Bowl. 


NORTH FLORIDA'S LAST 5: W 101-89 at Florida A&M, W 87-85 vs. FIU, L 85-51 at Missouri, L 79-65 at Ball State, L 104-52 at LSU. 


MSU's LAST 5: W 95-62 vs. North Georgia, L 65-50 at Cincinnati, W 92-61 vs. UT Martin, W 64-48 vs. Little Rock, W 70-64 vs. (neutral site) Southern Miss.  


NORTH FLORIDA's RESUMÉ: You can guarantee North Florida isn't going to be shocked by a team like MSU. North Florida may have lost 10 games, but five of them have come to teams better than MSU according to KenPom: Michigan State, Michigan, Florida, Miami and Missouri, all of those games on the road. The best win by far was against Eastern Michigan at home in overtime. 




G 21 Ivan Gandia-Rosa, Soph., 6'1", 185 -- 14.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 4.7 apg, 40.8 3-point percentage, commits only 1.7 fouls per 40 minutes (93rd in the nation). 


G 2 JT Escobar, R-Soph., 6'2", 180 -- 10.7 ppg, 44.1 3-point percentage, hasn't hit double-digit points in any of his last four games. 


F 12 Ryan Burkhardt, Fr., 6'5", 193 -- 3.7 ppg, 42.1 3-point percentage, missed the first two games with a foot injury and has yet to play more than 20 minutes in a game. 


F 2 Wajid Aminu, Soph., 6'7", 195 -- 9.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 16 blocks and 12 steals in 15 games. 


F 0 Noah Horchler, Soph., 6'8", 190 -- 9.7 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.2 bpg, by far the team's best offensive rebounder with 40, his shot totals tend to go down against quality competition. 




G 0 Nick Weatherspoon, Fr., 6'2", 195 -- 10.7 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.3 apg, 42.4 3-point percentage is best among MSU's guards. 


G 23 Tyson Carter, Soph., 6'4", 165 -- 11.3 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2.1 apg, 3-point shooting woes continue as he's 2-14 in his last three games. 


G 11 Quinndary Weatherspoon, Jr., 6'4", 205 -- 13.9 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 4.5 apg, 75th in the nation in assist rate (which is pretty impressive for a leading scorer). 


F 35 Aric Holman, Jr., 6'10", 225 -- 12.3 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 16 blocks in 12 games, at least one block in six straight games. 


F 24 Abdul Ado, R-Fr., 6'11", 250 -- 6.5 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 2.36 bpg, 67.5 percent on 2-point attempts ranks 75th in the nation. 


NOTES: KenPom gives MSU a 95 percent chance of winning this game with a projected final score of 88-70...North Florida's JT Escobar in an Ole Miss transfer...North Florida loves to shoot 3's: 42.8 percent of its points come from 3-pointers, which ranks 11th in the nation...Nick Weatherspoon accounts for 10 of MSU's 13 charges taken.



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