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SEC Hoops Roundup 12/14/2013

gfx-hoops-round-upFriday Night Results

1. Mississippi State 68 -Southeastern Louisiana 62. Craig Sword shoots 9-of-11 from the field – scores 22 points. Bulldogs now 6-2.

Saturday Schedule

2. Tennessee at Wichita State. Shockers are undefeated at 9-0.  ”Saturday is huge – absolutely critical – for coach Cuonzo Martin’s team…”

3. Lipscomb at Georgia. 3-4 Bulldogs back on the court today for the first time in 12 days.

4. Middle Tennessee at Ole Miss. Rebels have lost to Blue Raiders two straight years.  Coach Andy Kennedy: “It’s certainly been mentioned a couple of times the last few days.”

5. Kentucky at North Carolina.  Kentucky coach John Calipari: “This is why you coach and this is why you play, to play in games like this.”

6. UL-Monroe at LSU. Tigers bench a source of strength - averaged more than 17 points last three games.

7. McNeese State at Texas A&M.  McNeese State last of a four-game stretch before 7-2 Aggies begin conference play.

8. Charleston State at Alabama. 4-4 Crimson Tide have struggled at times this year.  Coach Anthony Grant: “As a team, some things have been revealed in terms of where we are and what we need to do.”

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Boxscore Breakdown: Tennessee 69 – Mississippi State 53

2013_sec_men_s_basketball_tournament_logoThis one was never seriously in doubt.  After jumping out to a 4-0 lead, Mississippi State was outscored by 20 points the rest of the first half. The Bulldogs did manage to cut the lead down to nine points with just under five minutes to go, but that’s as close as they would get.  Tennessee wins it 69 to 53.

Jordan McRae led Tennesse with  17 points. Trae Golden added 15.  Jarnell Stokes double-double featured had 10 points and 10 rebounds. Quinton Chievous had 10 points for Tennessee off the bench.

Craig Sword led Misssissippi State with 19 points.  The Bulldogs finish their season 10-22.

- Tennessee shot 51% from the field, making 29 of 56 shots. Mississippi State shot just 35% from the floor (20-of-57)

- Reflecting that defensive dominance, Tennessee had five blocked shots, MSU had none.

- The Vols outrebounded Mississippi State 35-31.

- Tennessee had 16 turnovers – Mississippi State 14.

Tennessee advances to play  Alabama tomorrow.


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MSU Gets Commit From Shooting Guard

Mississippi State got a commitment today from Montgomery, Alabama guard Craig Sword. ranks him as the #11 shooting guard in the 2012 class.

Sword tabbed State over Alabama, Auburn and Georgia.

If he winds up inking with MSU, the over/under on “live by the Sword, die by the Sword” puns will be set at a thousand per season.

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