March 21, 2024

#8 Mississippi State kicks off March Madness today against #9 Michigan State!

Mary Apel

It’s game day! #8 ranked Mississippi State takes on #9 ranked Michigan State in the tip off to the NCAA tournament. This game is predicted to be close, with betting outlets giving Michigan State a one point advantage.

Here are Some stats and info, According to Sports Illustrated.

Game Day: Thursday, March 21, 2024
Game Time: 11:15 am
Where: Spectrum Center — Charlotte, North Carolina
TV Coverage: CBS

Current Records: Michigan State 18-13, Miss. State 19-12

The Spartans record only four more points per game (73.1) than the Bulldogs give up (69.1).
The Bulldogs score an average of 74.8 points per game, 8.9 more points than the 65.9 the Spartans allow to opponents.
This season, the Spartans have a 46.1% shooting percentage from the field, which is 4.5% higher than the 41.6% of shots the Bulldogs’ opponents have made.
The Bulldogs have shot at a 45.5% rate from the field this season, 4.3 percentage points higher than the 41.2% shooting opponents of the Spartans have averaged.

Mississippi State Players to Watch:

Cameron Matthews leads the Bulldogs in both rebounds and assists with 6.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.
Josh Hubbard puts up 17.1 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game, making him the top scorer on the squad. Hubbard knocks down 3.1 three-pointers per game, the most on the Bulldogs.
State’s leader in steals and blocks is Matthews with two steals and 0.7 blocks per game.

Michigan State Players to Watch:

The Spartans scoring leader is Tyson Walker, who averages 18.2 per contest to go with 2.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists.
Malik Hall is Michigan State’s leading rebounder, grabbing 5.6 per game, while A.J Hoggard is its best passer, averaging 5.2 assists in each contest.
Walker makes more threes per game than any other member of the Spartans, knocking down shots from beyond the arc at a clip of 1.8 per contest.
Walker and Carson Cooper lead Michigan State on the defensive end, with Walker leading the team in steals averaging 1.8 per game and Cooper in blocks averaging 0.7 per contest.

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