Auburn-MSU Pregame: Senior Day for Price; Ware Finds Motivation (Videos)

Today’s game: Auburn (9-21, 3-14 SEC) at MSU (8-21, 3-14), 4:30 p.m., FSN (Dave Neal play-by-play, Larry Conley analyst), XM 200, Sirius 92.

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It’s senior day for MSU, and the lone senior is walk-on Baxter Price. I wrote about him in today’s game advance, and I also have some video of Price below from earlier in the week. He’s been counted upon quite a bit more this season than in the past, logging 90 minutes total.

But he still hasn’t scored a point this season.

“I’d like to get Baxter a bucket at some point in time; we’re trying to figure it out,” coach Rick Ray said. “The whole key to that is making sure Fred Thomas is not in with him at the end of the game, so Baxter can probably get a bucket.”

Here’s the video of Price.

But wait, there’s more! I caught up with freshman center Gavin Ware yesterday to talk about his play and the motivation MSU has going into today’s game. Here’s the video.

OK, here’s my scouting report from today’s Journal.

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Auburn at MSU

Tip: 4:30 p.m.

TV: Fox Sports Net

Radio: MSU Network; XM 200; Sirius 92.

Series: Auburn leads, 72-65.

Last year: MSU, 91-88 in Starkville; Auburn, 65-55 in Auburn.

Coaches Auburn: Tony Barbee, 117-109 overall (seventh season), 35-57 at Auburn (third season); MSU: Rick Ray, 8-21 (first season).

Notes: MSU has won 11 of its last 12 versus Auburn at Humphrey Coliseum. … The loser of this game will finish last in the SEC and draw the No. 14 seed for next week’s conference tournament. … Auburn has lost its last eight games and 14 of its last 15. … MSU assistant Wes Flanigan was an All-SEC guard at Auburn in the 1990s.

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Auburn (9-21, 3-14 SEC)

Probable starters Pts Rebs Also

G Josh Wallace 5-10 Sr. 2.0 2.0 2.8a

G Frankie Johnson 6-1 Sr. 14.5 4.0 2.8a

G Shaquille Johnson 6-5 Fr. 5.5 3.1 1.4a

F Allen Payne 6-6 Jr. 7.7 4.6 1.2s

C Rob Chubb 6-10 Sr. 8.7 6.7 1.1b

Key reserves

G Chris Denson 6-2 Jr. 11.1 2.7 1.5a

F Noel Johnson 6-6 Sr. 5.1 2.1 57%FT

G Jordan Price 6-5 Fr. 5.5 1.8 40%3s

Key numbers

Scoring average: 64.7

Scoring defense: 68.5

Field goal%: 40.9

Opponent FG%: 43.0

3-point%: 31.6

Opponent 3PT%: 34.1

Free throw%: 69.4

Opponent FT%: 67.1

Rebound margin: –0.5

Turnover margin: 0.0

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MSU (8-21, 3-14 SEC)

Probable starters Pts Rebs Also

G Trivante Bloodman 6-0 So. 5.9 3.1 2.4a

G Craig Sword 6-3 Fr. 10.0 2.8 2.2a

G Fred Thomas 6-5 Fr. 9.3 3.5 1.7s

F Colin Borchert 6-8 Jr. 8.3 4.6 40%FG

C Gavin Ware 6-9 Fr. 8.8 6.4 0.8b

Key reserves

F Roquez Johnson 6-7 So. 9.0 4.4 44%FG

G Tyson Cunningham 6-3 Jr. 2.3 2.3 1.2a

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

Key numbers

Scoring average: 60.1

Scoring defense: 69.8

Field goal%: 40.1

Opponent FG%: 43.9

3-point%: 27.4

Opponent 3PT%: 34.6

Free throw%: 66.4

Opponent FT%: 68.9

Rebound margin: –4.3

Turnover margin: –1.9

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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