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Yesterday morning, College Basketball Insider Jon Rothstein said, “Tonight’s game between Cincinnati and Mississippi State is the equivalent of a 4 seed meeting a 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament’s Round of 32. Someone is waking up tomorrow with a Quad[rant] 1 win.” And the game was just as exciting as a Round of 32 game. Last year, Mississippi State traveled up to Cincinnati, Ohio to face the Cincinnati Bearcats. The Bulldogs lost by 15 a year ago, but the Bulldogs will be the ones waking up with a quadrant 1 win. The game started with a defensive stop by the Bulldogs and a 3 by Nick Weatherspoon assisted from Lamar Peters.
This was a hard-nose, grind-it-out type of game, and it was fun to watch. Cincinnati came out of the gates with a full-court press and stuck with that for most of the game. Both teams got in early foul trouble. Abdul Ado even got a flagrant 1 foul in the first 8 minutes of the game. Reggie Perry came off the bench and had an incredible game, making play after play. Each team would score back and forth and no one could get a large lead. The largest lead of the first half was 37-30 with 1:00 left in the half. Cincinnati scored before going into the locker room to make the game 37-32.
Cincinnati came back from half and tied the game at 43, but couldn’t find a way to get the lead. Over the course of the game, Cincinnati only lead the game for 2 minutes and 5 seconds. After the game was tied at 43, the Bulldogs had a 7-0 that was all too much for the Bearcats to overcome. Cincinnati got within 4 to get back in the game, but Lamar Peters kept the comfortable lead by draining a 3 in the corner right in front of the MSU bench. Mississippi State defeated Cincinnati 70-52 after 4 different Bulldogs scored 12+ points.
Like always, the negatives come first. The Bulldogs had season-high’s in both turnovers and fouls committed. It’s very unlike MSU to foul so much and turn the ball over numerous times. Mississippi State also had a season-low in free throw percentage. The Bulldogs’ season average is 76.8%, and tonight, they shot 60.9% from the line. This is also very uncharacteristic for the team. I feel repetitive when I always say that the interior defense was the issue, but that wasn’t the case this game. The defense down low held together for the better part of the game. Hopefully this can carry over into the games following tonight.
Now the positives. The biggest one is getting this victory. MSU’s biggest non-conference games were against Clemson and Cincinnati, and Mississippi State beat them both by a total margin of 22 points. Both Cincinnati and Clemson are likely to go to the NCAA Tournament, and your Bulldogs beat both of them. Lamar Peters didn’t have another career-high scoring night or tie the school record for made 3’s in the game, but he did finish with 14 points and 9 assists. Reggie Perry coming off the bench in the game was the biggest difference maker. He stepped up when we needed points off the bench, scoring 12. Quinndary Weatherspoon was a perfect 3/3 from deep and tied Peters for the team lead in scoring with 14. The team made 52.2% of their 3’s taken after shooting 12/23. This team is red-hot shooting the ball and any team in the country would be afraid to play this team the way they are shooting right now.
Looking ahead, Mississippi State closes the non-conference schedule with home games against Wofford, Wright State, and BYU then open conference play with a road trip to South Carolina. If the Bulldogs can keep the winning streak going into conference play, they’ll likely be ranked just outside the top 10 when they travel to Columbia. Mississippi State may have just punched their ticket to March Madness after handling Cincinnati, but the Dawgs have to stay strong through conference play to go to The Dance.
- Mississippi State has made 31 3’s in the last 2 games, the 2 biggest games of the season so far
- In the past 3 games, Mississippi State is shooting 53.6% from 3
Mississippi State secured the biggest win of its young season against Cincinnati.
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Joe Moorhead knew who he wanted for the Bulldog football staff, and Tony Hughes knew Mississippi State was where he wanted to be. Again.
Mississippi State faces a tough home test against Cincinnati.
No. 18 Mississippi State (8-1) will be tested tonight as it hosts the defending AAC champions Cincinnati Bearcats (9-1). The Bulldogs are riding a five-game win streak, while UC hasn’t lost since its season opener against Ohio State. A win from either team will be considered a good one, and it’s shaping to be a good matchup.
This game, like the Clemson one, will test how Ben Howland’s team will face against potential tournament teams. The Bearcats have made the NCAA Tournament for the past eight years, making the Sweet 16 once.
These two teams met last season, where Jacob Evans’ 24 points lifted Cincinnati to a 65-50 win. Cincy had a lot more firepower on the offensive end with Jacob Evans, Kyle Washington and Gary Clark. This year, they’re without those three players and it’s in Stark Vegas.
With the loss of three star players, Jarron Cumberland has been called to rise and be the main guy. Cumberland averages 15.3 points and 3.2 assists per game and not only is able to drive the ball, but he can knock down shots from three-point range. Tre Scott and Keith Williams, who put up 10.9 and 10.7 points per game, respectively, are the only other double-digit scorers on the team.
Mick Cronin coaches his team to play very physical defense and wear teams down. The Bearcats are fourth in the nation in the points against category, only allowing 56.4 points per game. According to KenPom, they’re 16th in adjusted defensive efficiency, while State is 25th.
This game has the tools to be a defensive battle. If the Bulldogs keep their hot shooting from the win against Clemson, they’ll be in good shape. Cincinnati doesn’t blow teams out, they tear them down and make opponents tired with physical play. The issue for MSU is that they’ll have to fight for every point, because the Bearcats won’t let off on defense. Plus, Cincinnati is riding high after a 62-47 win over fierce rivals Xavier, and find themselves hovering around the top-25.
Three quick stats
All time series: 3-2 in favor of Cincinnati.
Average points per game: UC: 73.3, MSU: 78.2
Spread: MSU (-2.5), over/under 129.5 (OddsShark)
Tip-off is 7:30 p.m. (CT) and can be viewed on the SEC Network, which is available to stream on WatchESPN.
Last December a newly-hired coach was hands-off for bowl camp. Now Joe Moorhead has his entirely-own Bulldog team preparing for post-season football.
Mississippi State players and coaches spoke to the media for the first time in weeks on Saturday.
The Bulldogs took care of business with ease, as it was just another day at the office in Hattiesburg.
Another day, another win, another statement. Though 5th ranked Mississippi State trailed for a hot minute to open the game, a Jazzmun Holmes free throw tied it at three with 8:02 left in the first and it was smooth sailing from there. Speaking of Holmes, she posted 13 points along with six rebounds and four steals, as she has always shined defensively. Furthermore, Holmes has significantly improved from the line, having made nine of ten.
Teaira McCowan and Anriel Howard both ruled the paint and combined for 29 of the Bulldogs’ 82 points. McCowan had yet another double double with 13 points and 16 rebounds, nine of which were on offense, ultimately creating second opportunities for sharpshooters. In addition, Howard led all scorers with 16 points.
All five starters were in double figures and continued to prove why they may be the best starting five in the nation. Jordan Danberry, another defensive specialist, like Holmes is posted 12 points and two steals while Chloe Bibby added 11 points. Having accounted for 65 points combined, I think it’s safe to say that the Bulldogs’ starting five are more than formidable.
Off the bench, scoring phenom Myah Taylor showed that she can also be relied on defensively, as she accumulated three steals to go along with her seven points. Jessika Carter, Xaria Wiggins, Bre’Amber Scott, and Andra Espinoza-Hunter all combined for 14 points as well. Having proven yet again that they can be selfless and reliable, look for Mississippi State’s role players to make an even bigger impact as the season goes on.
This game not only showed that coach Vic Schaefer’s latest squad has improved, but it showed that they are confident and even daring. They take risks defensively and turn turnovers into an offensive show. These Bulldogs are for real and have the perfect combination of experience and talent to take things to an even higher level. With seventh ranked Oregon around the corner, expect Schaefer and company to be ready and throw the kitchen sink at the Ducks come Tuesday in primetime.
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Following their thrilling 87-72 victory over the Golden Eagles of Marquette, Mississippi State is ready to make a dominant statement in Hattiesburg against the Lady Eagles of Southern Miss.
The game is at 6:00 pm and can be watched on ESPN+.
Records and Rankings
- Record: 9-0
- Ranking: 5th AP / 5th Coaches
- Record: 6-3
- Ranking: Unranked
Things to Watch For
- Teaira McCowan and Anriel Howard in the paint
Arguably the game’s best tandem down low, McCowan and Howard have taken over. McCowan, who is averaging a double-double with 19.2 points and 12.4 rounds per game, can do so in her sleep and is afraid of nobody. She has become one of the team’s primary faces and leaders, as McCowan is on pace for yet another historic season. Look for her to set the tone early make the Eagles earn every basket the hard way.
Howard, McCowan’s perfect compliment brings an added element of experience and versatility to the paint. Averaging a near double double with 14.6 points and 8.8 rebounds, Howard has proven to be the perfect fit in coach Schaefer’s defense first system. Expect Howard to make her presence felt and shine defensively.
- Jodan Danberry defensively
Danberry has been a defensive star since last year’s thrillers against Louisville and Notre Dame. Her quick hands have resulted in 13 steals on the year in conjunction with 11.2 points per game. Danberry has become fearless and unfazed by the bright lights. Her name has become one to be feared, as Danberry is sure to continue her dominance.
This year’s squad is one to take note of, as the Bulldogs will roll with ease in an in-state battle. There is simply just too much depth and talent at all positions on both sides of the ball. Whether it be in the paint or along the parameter, Mississippi State is simply loaded. Look for the Bulldogs to win by at least 10.
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