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CBB : Teaser Line Matchup
Friday 3/22/2019Line$ LineOU LineScore
LIBERTY
 
MISSISSIPPI ST
+7  

-7  
+220

-300

132
 
80
Final
76

LIBERTY (28 - 6) vs. MISSISSIPPI ST (23 - 10)
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Friday, 3/22/2019 7:27 PM
NCAA Tournament - First Round - SAP Center - San Jose, CA
Board SideTotal
821LIBERTY+10.5Over 129
822MISSISSIPPI ST-2.5Under 137
ADVANCED TEAM STATS
LIBERTY - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games28-6+7.518-1313-1874.033.449.0%32.760.826.841.5%30.6
Road Games12-5+4.910-69-772.132.648.5%30.365.527.644.2%31.3
Last 5 Games5-0+43-22-370.031.050.2%30.459.825.642.6%29.8
LIBERTY Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
 PPGHalfFGM-APctFGM-APCTFTM-APctTotOffAstPFStlTOBk
Team Stats (All Games)74.033.427-5549.0%9-2436.7%11-1477.1%33715156113
vs opponents surrendering76.636.328-6145.4%8-2435.1%13-1970.5%37915177134
Team Stats (Road Games)72.132.626-5448.5%9-2437.9%10-1378.1%30614186123
Stats Against (All Games)60.826.822-5241.5%6-2032.0%11-1667.0%31710155143
vs opponents averaging71.333.525-5942.6%8-2333.1%13-1969.5%36913176143
Stats Against (Road Games)65.527.623-5144.2%6-1832.8%14-2068.7%31710155133

MISSISSIPPI ST - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games23-10+2.815-1516-1777.336.147.2%35.870.134.043.7%32.0
Road Games8-7-1.46-86-971.531.843.8%37.270.433.343.1%34.7
Last 5 Games2-3-11-23-275.432.445.8%38.073.831.045.3%31.8
MISSISSIPPI ST Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
 PPGHalfFGM-APctFGM-APCTFTM-APctTotOffAstPFStlTOBk
Team Stats (All Games)77.336.128-5847.2%9-2337.8%14-1971.5%361014178135
vs opponents surrendering69.932.625-5842.8%8-2234.0%13-1970.3%34912186143
Team Stats (Road Games)71.531.826-5943.8%8-2334.2%12-1867.0%371113177144
Stats Against (All Games)70.134.025-5743.7%7-2135.3%13-1871.2%32913166144
vs opponents averaging74.435.526-5845.3%8-2135.0%15-2071.2%36914176134
Stats Against (Road Games)70.433.325-5943.1%7-2034.2%13-1868.4%351014157125
Average power rating of opponents played: LIBERTY 66.7,  MISSISSIPPI ST 81.2
SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
LIBERTY - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTot.O/UShotsPctREBTOShotsPctREBTO
2/2/2019NEW JERSEY TECH77-57W-10W125.5O28-5451.9%37821-5538.2%258
2/5/2019STETSON57-54W-22L135.5U22-5837.9%31920-5536.4%4216
2/9/2019FLA GULF COAST74-67W-13.5L133O26-6043.3%341021-4546.7%2714
2/13/2019@ LIPSCOMB74-66W7.5W140P26-5349.1%321121-5736.8%3512
2/16/2019@ N ALABAMA80-70W-12L129.5O27-5054.0%291224-5246.2%3013
2/23/2019@ N FLORIDA70-75L-5L141O29-6445.3%361526-5547.3%3515
2/26/2019KENNESAW ST76-59W-22.5L131.5O28-5352.8%351223-5939.0%3112
3/1/2019@ NEW JERSEY TECH57-51W-4.5W130.5U21-4546.7%29818-5036.0%298
3/4/2019JACKSONVILLE72-58W-13.5W137U24-4652.2%291122-5143.1%2810
3/7/2019N FLORIDA71-63W-12.5L139U28-5550.9%28623-4946.9%3016
3/10/2019@ LIPSCOMB74-68W6W136.5O28-5848.3%31827-5648.2%3110
3/22/2019*MISSISSIPPI ST              

MISSISSIPPI ST - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTot.O/UShotsPctREBTOShotsPctREBTO
2/2/2019@ OLE MISS81-75W2W149O27-5846.6%401626-5745.6%2813
2/6/2019LSU88-92L-3L154O32-5954.2%301835-6454.7%3517
2/9/2019KENTUCKY67-71L4T143.5U23-5343.4%28927-5747.4%359
2/12/2019ALABAMA81-62W-5.5W151.5U29-5949.2%351222-5143.1%2618
2/16/2019@ ARKANSAS77-67W-1.5W150.5U26-5646.4%351322-5242.3%3120
2/20/2019@ GEORGIA68-67W-6.5L147.5U25-5149.0%291225-6041.7%359
2/23/2019S CAROLINA76-61W-9.5W148U25-5050.0%331422-5738.6%3215
2/26/2019MISSOURI68-49W-11.5W137U23-4847.9%28817-5232.7%3915
3/2/2019@ AUBURN75-80L5T146O24-5543.6%411824-5147.1%2110
3/5/2019@ TENNESSEE54-71L8.5L145U19-5733.3%401726-6142.6%4415
3/9/2019TEXAS A&M92-81W-11T139.5O33-6352.4%361328-6046.7%3010
3/14/2019*TEXAS A&M80-54W-9W141.5U31-5853.4%381418-4936.7%2412
3/15/2019*TENNESSEE76-83L5L146.5O28-6245.2%351134-6651.5%409
3/22/2019*LIBERTY              
KEY GAME INFORMATION
MISSISSIPPI ST: Last season: 25-12, lost 75-60 to Penn State in the semifinals of the NIT.
Nickname: Bulldogs
Coach: Ben Howland
Conference: Southeastern
Who's gone: Guard Eli Wright (transfer), guard/forward Xavian Stapleton (transfer)
Who's back: The Bulldogs return a huge chunk of their production from last season, including their top six scores. Senior guard Quinndary Weatherspoon is back after leading the team with 14.4 points per game. Other guards include Nick Weatherspoon (10.8 ppg), Lamar Peters (9.6 ppg) and Tyson Carter (8.9 ppg). In the frontcourt, Aric Holman averaged 10.9 points and 6.7 rebounds last season while Abdul Ado averaged 7.8 points, 6.4 rebounds and nearly two blocks.
Who's new: The Bulldogs have a trio of freshmen who will likely get immediate playing time, including McDonald's All-American forward Reggie Perry, and guards D.J. Stewart and Robert Woodard.
The Skinny: Howland has built Mississippi State into an SEC contender over four seasons. The Bulldogs have a lot of talent, and if they can improve their outside shooting, should have a shot to win just about every game.
Expectations: The Bulldogs were picked fourth in the SEC preseason poll by the league's media and are widely expected to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009. Las Vegas has Mississippi State's odds of winning a national title at 120/1, which obviously isn't great, but it's a lot better than recent seasons.
PREVIEW
Liberty's upset hopes vs. Mississippi State hinge on pace
 

Liberty already has a win this season at UCLA, coach Ben Howland's former school. Now, the Flames will try to get an even bigger win over Howland's current team.

Liberty, seeded 12th in the East Region, will take on No. 5 seed Mississippi State on Friday in San Jose, Calif.

"They're athletic as all get-out," Liberty coach Ritchie McKay said of the Bulldogs in the News & Advance newspaper in Lynchburg, Va.

"When you can rotate really three, four bigs in at the same time, and all can score and defend and have just incredible length, that poses some challenges for us. We don't have that same size and weight."

The Flames also don't have someone like Mississippi State senior shooting guard Quinndary Weatherspoon, who averages 18.2 points per game and is one of the "athletic as all get-out" players, capable of finishing at the rim or shooting a 3-ball (39.8 percent).

But the Flames (28-6) do have a few tricks to try counter the size and athleticism of Mississippi State (23-10).

McKay was Tony Bennett's associate head coach for six years at Virginia, and there is similar DNA between the programs. The Flames run the Bennett-style pack-line defense, which could make it difficult for Weatherspoon and other Bulldogs to get to the rim. They also adhere to a patient, deliberate style on offense intent on limiting possessions, especially against more-athletic teams.

Only four teams in the country have played at a slower tempo than Liberty, according to KenPom.com. Virginia is one of them.

"Liberty is going to be really tough," said Howland, who is in his fourth season with the Bulldogs. "They're going to be really, really sound on both ends of the floor."

The Flames imposed their slow tempo in a 73-58 win at UCLA on Dec. 29, but they had trouble defensively against the two SEC teams on their schedule. Liberty kept things close -- losing by nine each to Vanderbilt and Alabama -- but those SEC schools feasted on free throws, combining to take 67 attempts.

"Those teams, we didn't play at our pace; we played their game and didn't take great shots, either," Liberty junior point guard Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz said in the News & Advance. "This is a great opportunity for us to don't do that again and do what we do every day."

Weatherspoon has 1,985 career points and has plenty of help on offense from point guard Lamar Peters (11.7 points, 5.2 assists per game) and guard Tyson Carter (10.5 points). Carter has started the past nine games for indefinitely suspended Nick Weatherspoon, Quinndary's younger brother. Howland has been mum on whether Nick Weatherspoon could return in the tournament.

Mississippi State is playing in its first NCAA Tournament since 2009.

This is Liberty's fourth all-time appearance in the tourney, the first since 2013 and its first as something other than a No. 16 seed.

The Flames advanced to the NCAA Tournament by beating top-seeded Lipscomb in the Atlantic Sun tournament championship game.

Liberty's Scottie James was the MVP of the tournament after earning first-team all-conference honors. James, at 6-foot-8 the tallest player in the Flames' starting lineup, is averaging 13.1 points and 8.7 rebounds, leading the team in both categories.

The Bulldogs have three players who stand at least 6-10 in their post rotation.

But Liberty figures if it doesn't get sped up, it has a chance to pull off the upset.

"I think if we don't turn the ball over and we play our game and play our pace, we will be great in that game," Pacheco-Ortiz said. "We have to take care of the ball and make the right decisions."

--Field Level Media


Last Updated: 12/7/2019 7:42:16 PM EST


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