Ole Miss-MSU Pregame: Johnson Back from Suspension

Today’s game: Ole Miss (21-7, 10-5 SEC) at MSU (7-20, 2-13), 4 p.m., FSN (Dave Neal play-by-play, Larry Conley analyst), XM 201, Sirius 138)

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MSU will need all the help it can get to beat Ole Miss and snap its 13-game losing streak. As you can read in my game advance, more fans might do the trick.

And it shouldn’t hurt that sophomore forward Roquez Johnson will be back on the floor after being suspended the last three games. His return gives MSU seven scholarship players, three of whom play in the post. Ole Miss will be tough to deal with down there with the likes of Reggie Buckner and Murphy Holloway.

Then there’s Marshall Henderson, the Rebels’ high-volume shooter and leading scorer. He likes to engage the opponent and the opposing crowd and can be very demonstrative, so that could create a taut atmosphere if a good crowd shows up.

“That’s just going to give us more hype,” MSU forward Colin Borchert said. “We know what he’s done, and we know what he’s capable of, and we don’t want that to happen to us. We want to go out there and play our game, play physical, our Mississippi State basketball.”

Here’s the scouting report from today’s Journal.

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Tip: 4 p.m., Humphrey Coliseum (10,500)

TV: Fox Sports Net

Radio: Ole Miss network, MSU network. Satellite: Sirius 138, XM 201

Series: MSU leads, 139-106.

Last meeting: Ole Miss, 93-75 (Feb. 6 in Oxford).

Coaches – MSU: Rick Ray, 7-20 (first season); Ole Miss: Andy Kennedy, 167-98 overall (eighth season), 146-85 at Ole Miss (seventh season).

Notes: Ole Miss is going for its first season sweep of MSU since 1998. … MSU has swept the series 10 times in that span. … The Rebels’ last win at Humphrey Coliseum was 67-63 in 2009. … Ole Miss G Marshall Henderson has 111 3-point field goals and break Chris Warren’s single season record with his next make. … The Rebels are 6-6 away from home, 3-4 in SEC road games. … Against Texas A&M Wednesday Ole Miss F Murphy Holloway had 16 points and nine rebounds and became the 23rd player in SEC history with at least 1,250 points and 1,000 rebounds. … MSU has won three straight at 13 of the last 14 against Ole Miss at Humphrey Coliseum. The last 10 of those wins have been by an average of 12.3 points. … Since committing 23 turnovers at Alabama, MSU has had 25 turnovers over its last two games. … The Bulldogs’ 13-game SEC losing streak is their second-longest such streak in program history. … MSU has held a lead for a total of 40 seconds in its last six games. … MSU F Roquez Johnson remains suspended indefinitely.

Ole Miss (21-7, 10-5 SEC)

Probable starters Pts Rebs Also

F Murphy Holloway 6-7 Sr. 14.5 9.4 1.4s

F Reggie Buckner 6-9 Sr. 9.7 7.7 2.8b

G Nick Williams 6-4 Sr. 8.6 2.4 87%FT

G LaDarius White 6-6 So. 6.4 2.4 1.1a

G Jarvis Summers 6-3 So. 8.9 1.7 3.9a

Key reserves

G Marshall Henderson 6-2 Jr. 19.6 3.2 38%FG

G Derrick Millinghaus 5-10 170 Fr. 5.6 1.4 1.7a

F Terry Brutus 6-6 Fr. 1.5 1.8 60%FG

Key numbers

• Scoring average: 74.9

• Scoring defense: 64.7

• Field goal%: 48.3

• Opponent FG%: 39.3

• 3-point%: 35.1

• Opponent 3PT%: 32.2

• Free throw%: 64.7

• Opponent FT%: 70.1

• Rebound margin: +4.4

• Turnover margin: –0.9

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MSU (7-20, 2-13 SEC)

Probable starters Pts Rebs Also

G Trivante Bloodman 6-0 So. 6.0 3.1 2.4a

G Craig Sword 6-3 Fr. 9.8 2.8 1.9a

G Fred Thomas 6-5 Fr. 9.6 3.5 1.7s

F Colin Borchert 6-8 Jr. 7.9 4.6 1.3a

C Gavin Ware 6-9 Fr. 8.7 6.4 0.9b

Key reserves

G Jalen Steele 6-3 Jr. 9.7 3.0 1.2a

G Tyson Cunningham 6-3 Jr. .6 2.2 42%3s

G Baxter Price 5-10 Sr. 0.0 0.3 0.1a

Key numbers

• Scoring average: 59.2

• Scoring defense: 69.6

• Field goal%: 39.6

• Opponent FG%: 44.4

• 3-point%: 27.0

• Opponent 3PT%: 35.1

• Free throw%: 66.3

• Opponent FT%: 67.9

• Rebound margin: –4.5

• Turnover margin: –1.7

I am the online content coordinator for DJournal.com. Previously at the Journal, I covered Mississippi State athletics (2008-13), high schools (2004-08), and was on the copy desk (2002-04). I'm working on a recipe for bacon-flavored coffee, which would solve all the world's problems.

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  • matchbox20

    Nothing’s impossible. So, what if MSU somehow gets a win. I suspect there will be a lot a crow to devour… especially those who have jumped on the ‘fire Rick Ray bandwagon’. A victory over the Rebels would probably make him the greatest thing since sliced bread and be the final dagger in Ole Miss’ NCAA Tournament hopes. Let’s be honest, a win against your rival (particularly in the Egg Bowl) is really what matters since neither have legitimate national championship aspirations in football or basketball.



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