Published: Пт, Марта 15, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Texas A&M vs Mississippi State Preview - ESPN 98.1 FM

Texas A&M vs Mississippi State Preview - ESPN 98.1 FM

The Texas A&M Aggies and Mississippi State Bulldogs will face off Thursday night in the second round of the SEC Tournament at the Bridgestone Arena.

The Bulldogs fired out to a 15-4 edge during the opening 5:30 of the contest courtesy of treys from Lamar Peters, Quinndary Weatherspoon and Tyson Carter.

"I'm so pleased with our group as we finished the season strong winning five out of our last seven and gained momentum as we enter the SEC Tournament especially with how strong the bracket looks this year", said Bulldogs head coach Ben Howland.

DID YOU KNOW: Mississippi State has made 8.5 3-pointers per game this season, which is second-best among SEC teams. As a team, Mississippi State is averaging 77.3 points per game on 47.1% shooting from the field, 37.6% from behind the arc and 71.9% from the foul line this season. Mississippi State has held opponents to 62 or fewer points in four of those wins and owns a 15-0 record when holding teams under 70 compared to 7-9 when opponents eclipse that mark.

According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, Texas A&M is the slight favorite in this game, as the Aggies are getting odds of -3.5 points against Vanderbilt. Brandon Mahan also totaled 10 points for the Aggies. From there, the Bulldogs just kept padding the lead to as much as 17 late before Flagg scored on a fast-break layup to trim the halftime margin to 38-23. Hail State and Go Dawgs!

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In a conference and conference tournament historically dominated by Kentucky, the Volunteers are eager to end the lengthy conference tournament title drought after claiming a share of the SEC regular-season title previous year.

Last year, the Aggies lost on a buzzer-beater to Alabama and Vanderbilt the year before that.

The Aggies are set to play against Vanderbilt in the first round of the SEC conference tournament on Wednesday.

"It's been a grueling season, playing six or seven guys and playing a couple of guys 40 minutes a game", Kennedy said. It just has been that type of year. Tonight we weren't razor sharp. Mississippi State trails only Kentucky, Tennessee and Auburn.

The players on the team are stepping up and making names for themselves very early on in their collegiate careers, and they are very good in singles competition with players like sophomore Hady Habib, who was dominant against Ohio State. "We know that when somebody is hot, that's the person we're going to find". However, they have been dominated in recent games and I think that A&M will be just a little better than them on offense and defense today. The public betting now has 76 percent going on Texas A&M as the favroite. Tennessee (27-4) has split its two games with the Wildcats and appear destined for a semifinal showdown Saturday if both can advance Friday night.

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