Georgia Bulldogs at #18 Mississippi State: Bulldogs Look To Take Care Of Business

 Location: Starkville, MS (Humphrey Coliseum)

Time: 12:30 P.M.

TV: SEC Network, ESPN3, Direct TV 725

Initial Analysis: The Mississippi State Bulldogs come into their SEC match-up against the Georgia Bulldogs, looking to take care of business.Georgia recently upset the Arkansas Razorbacks and will be looking to do the same against Mississippi State. Mississippi State could extend their home winning streak to 14 games.  

 GA

Coach: Mark Fox

 Big Wins: Notre Dame, University Of Southern California, Arkansas

 The Mark Fox-led Georgia Bulldogs are a team that is built around the stellar guard play of Gerald Robinson and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

 Offensively, the Bulldogs like to play at a slow tempo. They are a perimeter-oriented team that likes to penetrate and make things happen. Georgia doesn’t have big men that they can dump the ball down to in the post – so, their guards are the main scoring options.

 Defensively, Georgia is very soft on the inside. Their guards do a solid job of causing turnovers.

 Georgia is overmatched, from a talent standpoint, against Mississippi State.

 MSU

 Coach: Rick Stansbury

 Big Wins: Arizona,Vanderbilt,West Virginia, Alabama

 The Mississippi State Bulldogs are built around floor general Dee Bost, and the solid inside play of Renardo Sidney and Arnett Moultrie.

 Offesively, the Bulldogs have started to be led by the true point guard play of Dee Bost. He will either dump the ball to the big men or penetrate and dish to shooters like Rodney Hood, Jalen Steele, and Brian Bryant.

 Defensively the Bulldogs are starting to improve. They don’t have any good one-on-one defenders, but their team defense is improving.

 Mississippi State should be tough for Georgia to handle.

 Projected Line-Ups

 GA

C: Donte’ Williams 7.5 ppg. 5.5 rpg. 1.3 bpg.

PF: Marcus Thornton 2.7 ppg. 4.7 rpg.

SF: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 14.2 ppg. 5.2 rpg. 1.8 spg.

SG: Gerald Robinson Jr. 14.1 ppg. 3.9 rpg. 3.8 apg.

PG: Dustin Ware 8.0 ppg. 1.1 spg.

 Key Reserves: Nemanja Djurisic 6.9 ppg. 3.8 rpg., Vincent Williams 3.7 ppg. 14.2 mpg.  

Team Leaders

Points: Caldwell-Pope 14.2

Rebounds: Williams 5.5

Blocks: Williams 1.3

Steals: Caldwell-Pope 1.8

Assist: Robinson Jr. 3.8

MSU

C: Renardo Sidney 10.3 ppg. 5.0 rpg. 0.7 blks.

PF: Arnett Moultrie 17.0 ppg. 11.0 rpg.

SF: Rodney Hood 11.3 ppg. 5.0 rpg. .394 3pp.

SG: Brian Bryant 6.9 ppg. 4.7 rpg.

PG: Dee Bost 15.8 ppg. 3.4 rpg. 5.1 apg.

Key Reserves:Wendell Lewis 4.2 ppg. 4.1 rpg. 1.3 bpg., Jalen Steele 8.0 ppg. 21.8 mpg., Deville Smith 5.4 ppg. 2.4 apg.

Team Leaders

Points:Moultrie 17.0

Rebounds:Moultrie 11.0

Blocks: Lewis 1.3

Steals: Bost 2.4

Assist: Bost 5.1

Player-To-Watch

GA

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope: The 6’5” freshman can really fill it up. If Georgia stands a chance – Caldwell-Pope needs to have a career day.

MSU

Deville Smith: I’m interested to see how Smith plays in his return to the court. Will he be tentative or too aggressive?

3 Keys To Victory

GA

 1. Disrupt Rhythm of MSU: Mississippi State likes to establish a rhythm, offensively.Georgiamust find a way to get them off their game.

 2. Go AtSidney: Sidney can get in foul trouble quickly. So,Georgia must go at him and try to eliminate him from the equation.

 3. Keep It Close: Georgia must keep the game close and hope to hit a shot or two, late.

 MSU

 1. Feed The Beasts:Georgiabig men are below average. Get Sidney and Moultrie the ball and move out of the way. They could have career days againstGeorgia’s big men.

 2. 1-3-1 Zone: I know Stansbury doesn’t zone much, but I think the 1-3-1 could be effective against a Georgia team that penetrates, but shoots poorly.

 3. Successfully Re-Acclimate Deville:MississippiStateshould win this game easily, but the important thing is re-acclimating Deville Smith into the rotation.

Final Analysis: There is no reason to beat around the bush—Mississippi State should make short work of Georgia. If they lose, there is reason for fans to be upset. So, feel free to meltdown if the Bulldogs fall short Saturday.

 My Prediction: 80-60, Mississippi State

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