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I made it to Nashville through a thunderstorm and what seemed to be never-ending taillights for this year’s SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament. No. 11 seed Mississippi State will take on sixth-seeded Georgia as soon as the Ole Miss-Alabama game ends. The Crimson Tide currently lead 54-48 with 14:00 minutes left. The battle of the Bulldogs is slated to start at approximately 8:30 p.m. on SEC Network. I’d like to thank Paul Jones of for filling in on my behalf at MSU’s pro day this morning while I was traveling.

I’ll be here for the duration of State’s stay in Nashville so stay tuned for updates…

Alabama defeated Ole Miss, 81-73.


#6 Georgia (17-12, 10-8)

1- Yante Maten, F, 6-8, 240, So.

4- Charles Mann, G, 6-5, 215, Sr.

12- Kenny Gaines, G, 6-3, 205, Sr.

30- J.J. Frazier, G, 5-10, 155, Jr.

34- Derek Ogbeide, F, 6-8, 250, Fr.

#11 Mississippi State (14-16, 7-11)

11- Quinndary Weatherspoon, G, 6-4, 202, Fr.

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

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

23- Travis Daniels, G, 6-8 225, Sr.

32- Craig Sword, G, 6-3, 197, Sr.

MSU wearing some new uniforms. Not much different other than the name plates on the back.

MSU wins the tip and Ready misses a shot.

Gaines gets the scoring going on a pair of free throws.

Weatherspoon scores State’s first basket on a lay-up.

Nice feed from Ware to Sword for the dunk. State up four.

8-6 MSU 15:13 1st Sword 4 points

Booneville’s Kenny Paul Geno checks into the game.

Fred Thomas for 3. State up one.

Great bounce pass from Sword to Aric Holman for the lay-in.

15-15 11:35 1st Gaines 8 points

Ready with a trey in the corner. State up two.

Johnny Zuppardo with a 3 from the top of the key. State up five.

24-21 MSU 7:13 1st Gaines 8 points

Ware, MSU’s leading scorer, is still scoreless.

31-24 UGA 4:54 1st Gaines 8 points. Georgia on a 12-0 run.

33-28 UGA 3:31 1st Frazier 10 points

40-29 UGA 1:15 1st Frazier 12 points

Ready for 3. State down eight.


FG%: MSU 41.9, UGA 48.4

3PT% MSU 33.3, UGA 41.7

FT% MSU 83.3, UGA 77.8

Rebounds: MSU 19, UGA 18

Turnovers: MSU 6, UGA 4

Pts off TOs: MSU 7, UGA 6

Paint Pts: MSU 12, UGA 16

2nd chance: MSU 2, UGA 7

Fast break: MSU 6, UGA 0

Bench: MSU 12, UGA 2

Individual scoring: MSU – Craig Sword 11, I.J. Ready 7, Malik Newman 4, Fred Thomas 3, Johnny Zuppardo 3, Gavin Ware 2, Quinndary Weatherspoon 2, Aric Holman 2. UGA- J.J. Frazier 14, Yante Maten 9, Kenny Gaines 8, Charles Mann 5, Derek Ogbeide 4, Mike Edwards 2

And-1 for Sword. State down five.

Zuppardo with his fourth foul with 17:35 left.

53-41 UGA 15:44 2nd Frazier 20 points

Thomas hits a trey. State down 13.

Ware with his fourth foul with 11:04 left. He’s still stuck on two points.

Zuppardo fouls out with 9:48 left.

Newman for 3. State has cut the deficit to 8.

68-60 UGA 7:51 2nd Frazier 24 points

I’m now 3-for-3 on basketball catches on the year.

Thomas with another 3 and State has cut it to four.

68-64 UGA 6:50 2nd Frazier 24 points.

70-64 UGA 5:20 2nd Frazier 24 points

72-68 UGA 3:57 2nd Frazier 24 points

Sword now with four fouls.


Official statistics, notes, postgame press conference transcript


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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