West Virginia Post-Game Wrap Up: Bulldogs Pull Off Late

December 4, 2011

News, Sports

Arnett Moultrie

Arnett Moultrie, F, Mississippi State

Instant Analysis: The #21-ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs were riding a hot streak coming into their game against the West Virginia Mountaineers. They were looking to catapult themselves toward a strong finish to their non-conference schedule, and the Bulldogs were able to accomplish that by defeating the Mountaineers 75-62, improving to 8-1 on the season. The Mountaineers got close a few times, but the Bulldogs pulled off late emerging as the big winner. Arnett Moultrie led the way with 21 points and 13 rebounds.

Key Stats

West Virginia 8 Assists: West Virginia came into the game averaging 17 assists a game. The eight assists show that they were not able to get into any rhythm offensively.

Mississippi State 49% Field Goal Percentage: Mississippi State was very efficient from the field. This is one of main reasons that they won the game.

Mississippi State 31 Rebounds: The Bulldogs only had 31 rebounds. They won the game but with the size upfront; they should have had more rebounds.

What I Liked

Moultrie’s Activity: What I love the most about Moultrie is his activity on the boards. He is always around the basket, trying to extend possessions.

Sidney’s Hustle: Renardo Sidney has taken a beating from the media and fan base, but he deserves to commended for how he is starting to hustle. I love how he leaped out-of-bounds to throw the ball back in. West Virginia recovered the ball, but this is the type of effort everyone was waiting to see. I’ve already told people he would explode around mid-December, and I still think that’s when he will.

Team Chemistry: I really like how this team plays together. It’s not like in years past where guys were out there seemingly playing for themselves.

What I Didn’t Like

Waiting Until Second Half Too Feed Sidney: The Bulldogs waited until the second half to feed Sidney. They won, but going forward they need to get Sidney involved earlier in the game.

Hood 38 Minutes: Hood has terrific stamina, but 38 minutes are too much for a college player. I’m worried he will wear down late in the season if this trend continues. Hopefully Shaun Smith will be healthy enough at some point to spell him 10 minutes a game.

Player To Watch

West Virginia

Kevin Jones: Jones was 6-17 with 14 points and nine boards. He had some nice moments, but he was held below his season averages.

Mississippi State

Rodney Hood: Hood didn’t get as involved offensively as I thought he would. He did do a good job of facilitating.

Three Keys To Victory

West Virginia

Play High Tempo when Sidney In: They played high tempo a lot, but Sidney was getting back in transition all night.

Get Kevin Jones Involved Early: They tried to get him involved, but he got in foul trouble early.

Double Sidney: They doubled Sidney once he started getting fed in the post more in the second half.

Mississippi State

Control Tempo: I think the Bulldogs did a marvelous job of controlling the tempo. This is one of the reasons they won the game in my opinion.

Play Man: The Bulldogs used man-to-man and zone defense versus the Mountaineers. Both defenses were rather effective as West Virginia couldn’t get much going offensively.

Feed The Beast: Sidney, as I have mentioned above, didn’t get fed in the post until the second half. Moultrie has been terrific, but Sidney is too good on the block to not be getting the ball down there more often.

Final Analysis: The Bulldogs have a week layoff before they face the Troy Trojans in a game that will be televised on Fox Sports South. They will look to improve to 9-1, which would be one of the best starts since 2003-2004.

The Real Story Player Of The Game

Arnett Moultrie: Moultrie played great last night, displaying a terrific inside-outside game and being a monster on the boards.  He tallied his fourth double-double of the season.

@JeremiahShort26

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