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Gameday: Five Things To Know MSU-No. 2 Alabama

Gameday: Five Things To Know MSU-No. 2 Alabama


by Matt Dunaway, Director/Communications
 
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Mississippi State men’s basketball meets its fourth top 10 opponent of SEC play and continues its stretch of four of five games versus ranked competition when the Bulldogs travel to SEC frontrunner and No. 2 Alabama on Wednesday at Coleman Coliseum.
 
State (12-7, 1-6 SEC) will look to snap a four-game losing streak, while Alabama (17-2, 7-0 SEC) has won all seven of its SEC decisions by 10+ points. The last time the Bulldogs defeated an AP top 5 opponent was a 54-45 win over No. 5 Oklahoma on 12/28/2002.
 
One of the staples of a Coach Jans team is all-out effort and a suffocating defense. Through 19 games, the Bulldogs are among the nation’s best surrendering 58.3 points per game (2nd SEC • 6th nationally) on a 39.0 opponent field goal per­centage (4th SEC • 16th nationally).
 
Historically at State, the 58.3 points per game allowed is the program’s second-lowest 19-game total in the modern era since the 1955-56 season, which was Babe McCarthy’s first season with the Bulldogs.
 
The Maroon and White has dialed up 186 steals on a 9.8 per game clip (2nd SEC • 11th nationally) through 19 games. Both marks are second in program history only behind the 2003-04 SEC championship squad.
 
According to KenPom, the Bulldogs are among the nation’s top 35 in six additional categories which include steal percentage (14.9 – 3rd), defensive turnover percentage (24.2 – 10th), adjusted defensive efficiency (90.9 – 11th), offensive rebounding percentage (35.9 – 14th), two-point field goal percentage defense (44.4 – 20th) and effective defensive field goal percentage (46.0 – 29th).
 
State also possesses top 5 SEC marks with a +3.74 turnover margin (2nd), a 1.15 assist-to-turnover ratio (4th) and15.89 turnovers forced per game (5th). The Bulldogs also have grabbed 38.42 rebounds per game (Tied 5th).
 
Alabama is the only Power 5 team in the nation who is undefeated in conference play. The Tide is tied for third nationally with six NCAA NET Quad 1 victories only trailing Kansas and Purdue.
 
Brandon Miller (19.8 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 1.7 APG) leads the SEC and all NCAA freshmen at 19.8 points per game. He also ranks among the SEC’s top 10 in three-point field goal percentage (45.7 – 1st), fere throw percentage (82.8 – 3rd), rebounds…

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