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Gameday Capsule: Wright State vs. No. 17 MSU

 

Photo by: Kelly Donoho/MSU Athletics

 

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Wright State (6-6) vs. No. 17 Mississippi State (10-1), Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson 

 

BROADCAST INFO: 6 p.m. on SEC Network. 

 

WRIGHT STATE's LAST 5: L 69-63 at Indiana State, L 65-62 vs. Miami (OH), L 83-76 at Kent State, W 91-52 vs. Northwestern Ohio, W 78-67 vs. Morehead State. 

 

MSU's LAST 5: W 65-58 at Dayton, W 90-77 vs. McNeese State, W 82-71 vs. Clemson (neutral), W 70-59 vs. Cincinnati, W 98-87 vs. Wofford. 

 

WRIGHT STATE's RESUMÉ: November showed why this team has a shot at winning the Horizon League. The Horizon League doesn't have a team in the KenPom top 100, yet the Raiders beat Toledo at home (currently No. 64) and played a one-point game with SMU on a neutral floor. Recently, however, see those three losses above? All of them are to teams worse in KenPom than Northern Kentucky, the current favorite to win the Horizon League. This team has only won three times since Thanksgiving and only one of those came against a Division I team. One could argue MSU is catching a good team at a bad time. 

 

WRIGHT STATE PROJECTED STARTERS 

 

G 31 Cole Gentry, Jr., 5'10, 180 -- 13.6 ppg, 2 rpg, 4 apg, 1.75 spg, 89.7 percent from the free throw line, best 3-point shooter at 47.4 percent over a team-high 57 percent. 

 

G 3 Mark Hughes, Sr., 6'4", 205 -- 9 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3 apg, 9 steals in 12 games, 85.7 percent from the free throw line, 46.7 percent from the field, just 3 points in 30 minutes in his last game. 

 

G 4 Alan Vest, Sr., 6'3", 195 -- 4.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.3 spg, 50 percent from the field in just 3 attempts per game, 45.5 percent from 3-point range. 

 

F 1 Bill Wampler, Jr., 6'6", 220 -- 14.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 82.4 percent from the free throw line (8-8 in the last game), 36.7 percent from the field and 34.2 percent from 3-point range. 

 

C 11 Loudon Love, Soph., 6'9", 280 -- 14 ppg, 8.8 rpg (3.1 offensive rpg), 1.25 bpg, 53.3 percent from the field and 53.3 percent from the free throw line, no 3-point attempts. 

 

MISSISSIPPI STATE PROJECTED STARTERS 

 

G 1 Lamar Peters, Jr., 6'0", 185 -- 14.6 ppg (22 ppg over the last 4 games), 2.2 rpg, 6.1 apg (9th in the nation in assist rate), 1.09 spg, 47.4 percent from the field and 45.2 from 3-point range. 

 

G 0 Nick Weatherspoon, Soph., 6'2", 195 -- 10.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.2 apg, 10 steals in 11 games, 46.3 percent from the field and 57.1 percent from 3-point territory, 2 blocks and 2 steals in the Wofford game. 

 

G 11 Quinndary Weatherspoon, Sr., 6'4", 205 -- 16.6 ppg (5th in the SEC), 5.2 rpg (20 of 57 rebounds are offensive), 2.5 apg, 1.6 spg, 47 percent from the field and 84.6 percent from the free throw line, 5th-best offensive rating in the SEC according to KenPom. 

 

F 35 Aric Holman, Sr., 6'10", 225 -- 11.1 ppg, 8.6 rpg (2.7 offensive rpg), 2.3 bpg (tied for 4th in the SEC), 10 steals in 11 games, 2 rebounds shy of a double-double in the Wofford game and 3 points shy of one the game before that. 

 

F 24 Abdul Ado, R-Soph., 6'11", 255 -- 4.9 ppg, 5.1 rpg (2.1 offensive rpg), 1.2 bpg, 53.6 percent from the field but 3.1 shots per game, 9 free throw attempts in his last 2 games compared to 10 in the prior 7. 

 

QUOTE: "Wright State, I picked them because they're picked to win their league. BYU, we're playing against a bunch of guys that are 25, married with kids and their best player became eligible about three games ago. We're trying to play a very difficult schedule that prepares us for the league, and also there can be no complaints when it comes time to get in the tournament, if we keep winning." -Ben Howland 

 

NOTES: KenPom gives MSU a 89 percent chance of winning this game with a projected final score of 78-65....Wright State's Loudon Love is one of the best rebounders in the nation, top 100 among individuals in both offensive rebounding percentage and defensive rebounding percentage....A win would give MSU its first 8-game winning streak over Division I teams since November and early December of 2011....Wright State is 17th in the nation in 3-point shooting percentage (39.8). 

 

Follow Dispatch sports writer Brett Hudson on Twitter @Brett_Hudson

 

 

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