Turnovers down: Mississippi State committed a season-low eight turnovers against Tennessee two in the first half and six in the second half.
“How do we not turn it over but eight times?” asked State coach Richard Williams. “I’ve seen us turn it over eight times in practice with nobody guarding us. I think it’s a concentration thing. I think (point guard) Marcus Bullard is playing well. He has played well the last two games.”
Bullard had 13 points and two turnovers against the Vols.
Wilson struggles: Guard Darryl Wilson continued to struggle with his shooting. He scored only six points against Tennessee and has averaged just 7.1 points per game in his last three outings. He has made only 7-of-33 field goal attempts in games against Arkansas, South Carolina and UT.
“He’s really struggling because he is not getting all of the open looks he got last year because he doesn’t have T.J. (Honore) and Marcus (Grant) to break the defense down and pitch it out to him,” Williams said. “He has to continue to work and continue to get better at being without the ball. He needs to develop a mid-range game. He got a little frustrated today and I think it affected him a little bit.”
Dontae’ speaks: Williams allowed forward Dontae’ Jones to speak with the media for the first time in two weeks.
“Coach felt like it was a distraction,” said Jones, flashing a big smile. “I didn’t affect me (not talking to the media), but it’s something I love to do.”
Jones also noted that he will continue to wear his socks pulled up to his knees after experimenting with ankle socks for a few games.
“I wore them (ankle socks) to do something a little different, but people tell me they like it the other way. I’m going to keep the high socks.”
Who’s next: The Bulldogs return to action at 7 p.m. Wednesday, hosting Georgia.