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I arrived in Nashville this afternoon for the opening day of the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament. Mississippi State is the No. 12 seed and will take on 13th-seeded Auburn at 6 p.m. CT on the SEC Network. The baseball game is getting underway back in Starkville against Western Kentucky and I’ll do my best to keep you updated on that as well. Freshman southpaw Paxton Stover will get his first career start. The Bulldogs have arrived at the arena and are warming up on the court. I’ll get you starting lineups as soon as I have them.

No. 12 Mississippi State (13-18, 6-12)

15- I.J. Ready, G, 5-11, 170, So.

20- Gavin Ware, F, 6-9, 260, Jr.

23- Travis Daniels, G, 6-8, 219, Jr.

25- Roquez Johnson, 6-7, 210, Sr.

32- Craig Sword, 6-3, 196, Jr.

No. 13 Auburn (12-19, 4-14)

1- KT Harrell, G, 6-4, 212, Sr.

5- Cinmeon Bowers, F, 6-7, 278, Jr.

12- K.C. Ross-Miller, G, 6-0, 178, GS

23- TJ Lang, G, 6-7, 193, Fr.

25- Jordan Granger, F, 6-8, 210, Jr.

Western Kentucky plated a run in the top of the 1st inning. State is already on its third pitcher.

State wearing its throwback white uniforms tonight. Auburn will be in blue.

Daniels with a layup to start the game.

Sword with a layup as well as State takes a quick 4-0 start.

Auburn ends the run with a 3.

Nice feed by Daniels to Oliver Black underneath for the lay-in.

Sword with an old fashioned 3-point play. State up by three.

9-9 15:41 1st Ross-Miller 6 points

Auburn has scored all nine of its points by way of the 3-pointer.

15-10 MSU 13:21 1st Sword 7 points

All the Bulldogs regulars have played already except Fred Thomas.

Sword with a 3-pointer to put State up by seven.

18-16 MSU 11:35 1st Sword 10 points

State and Western Kentucky are tied 1-1 in the middle of the 4th inning.

Antoine Mason with a technical foul.

25-24 AU 7:50 1st Sword 10 points

30-29 MSU 3:35 1st Sword 10 points

Harrell hits a 3-pointer at the buzzer.


Doug Hutton being honored here at halftime.

Western Kentucky takes a 2-1 lead in the top of the 6th.

Key halftime stats:

FG% AU 36, MSU 48.3

3PT% AU 55.6, MSU 12.5

FT% AU 57.9, MSU 100

Rebounds: AU 19, MSU 15

Turnovers: AU 9, MSU 7

Pts off TOs: AU 5, MSU 10

Paint Pts: AU 6, MSU 14

2nd Chance: AU 9, MSU 2

Fast break: AU 2, MSU 8

Bench: AU 12, MSU 4

Individual scoring: AU – KT Harrell 9, KC Ross-Miller 8, Alex Thompson 6, Cinmeon Bowers 5, Antoine Mason 4, Devin Waddell 2; MSU – I.J. Ready 12, Craig Sword 10, Travis Daniels 6, Gavin Ware 4, Trivante Bloodman 2, Oliver Black 2

44-40 AU 15:26 2nd Sword 14 points

Sword leaves the court gimpy.

54-45 AU 12:11 2nd Sword 16 points

54-45 AU 11:37 2nd Sword 16 points

56-45 AU 11:37 2nd Sword 16, Ross-Miller 16

Johnson converts the 3-point play, State down by five.

Johnson picks up his fourth foul with 8:39 left.

Sword with another 3-point play. State pulls within two.

Ready ties things up. State on a 10-0 run.

59-59 7:28 2nd Sword 19 points

Make that a 12-0 run as State takes the lead back.

61-59 MSU 6:52 2nd Sword 19 points

Sword’s flush puts State ahead by one.

66-65 AU 3:24 2nd Sword 21 points

Harrell picks up foul No. 4.

69-65 AU 2:03 2nd Sword 21 points

71-68 AU 0:27 2nd Tigers ball


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I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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