MSU-Alabama Post-Game Wrap Up: Moultrie, Bost Lead Bulldogs To Victory

January 14, 2012

News, Sports

Instant Analysis: The Bulldogs came into Saturday’s matchup against the Alabama Crimson Tide looking for their first statement victory of SEC play. They were able to get that victory by defeating the Crimson Tide 56-52 in a game that featured several lead changes. The Bulldogs were paced by Arnett Moultrie’s 25 points and 13 rebounds. Mississippi State improved to 15-3 on the season.

Key Stats

Mississippi State 8 Assists: The Bulldogs didn’t do a good enough job of making the extra passes to find the best shot. They need to do a better job of setting each other up for easy points.

Mississippi State 17.6 3pt %: The Bulldogs’ three-point shooting could be written off as a poor night, but I think it has more to do with terrible shot selection. If State dumped the ball down low instead of jacking up threes, then they might have won by a larger margin.

MSU 2 Guards 2/11: Mississippi State’s shooting guards Jalen Steele and Brian Bryant are starting to be very unproductive. Coach Rick Stansbury may need to consider giving Shaun Smith some minutes or play Deville Smith more in the backcourt.

What I Liked

Sidney’s Effort Late: Sidney, the embattled Center, stayed out of foul trouble, and he played well on the defensive end late in the game. Hopefully this is the beginning of a good trend for the Junior.

Bost’s Clutch Play: I have been critical of Bost all year, but I have to give him credit for the way he played down the stretch in this game.

Zone Defense: I’m glad Stansbury decided to zone some to force Alabama to shoot jumpers. He normally is too stubborn to run zone, but even a broken clock is right twice a day.

What I Didn’t Like

Lack Of Movement Offensively: I almost fell asleep watching the Bulldog offense at times. They just stand around and pass the ball. There seems to be no real offensive sets being called, or a true game plan to attack the defense. This area has been a huge eyesore during the Stansbury Era, albeit a winning one.

Players To Watch

Alabama

JaMychal Green: Green played very well, with 14 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 blocks.

Mississippi State

Wendell Lewis: Lewis didn’t have much of an impact today.

Three Keys To Victory

Alabama

1. Deny The Post: The Crimson did a terrible job of denying the post, and Moultrie made them pay for it.

2. Go At Sidney: ‘Bama went at Sidney in the first half, and it paid off for them.

3. Stick With The Game Plan: The Crimson Tide didn’t play aggressively enough defensively from end-to-end. The Bulldogs protected the ball because of this.

Mississippi State

1. Get Hood More Involved: No comment.

2. Start Lewis: Sidney started the game.

3. Go Small Occasionally: The Bulldogs didn’t go small all night. Their size was too much of an advantage to even worry about going small.

 

Final Analysis: The Bulldogs must now get ready to face their in-state rivals the Ole Miss Rebels. The Rebels are only 11-6 on the season, but they will bring their A game Wednesday night at 8 pm Central.

The Real Story Player Of The Game

Arnett Moultrie

Arnett Moultrie

Arnett Moultrie: Moultrie played possibly his best game of the year today. He scored 25 points and snagged 13 rebounds, etching yet another double-double.  Now that’s game!

@JeremiahShort26

 

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