Happy Valentines Day Mississippi State, will you be our first win since January?
Mississippi State vs Mizzou
3:00 PM CT
It's Tiger basketball, be a part of it!
Well Tiger fans, once Mizzou started suspending everyone and before Wes Clark got hurt many had circled this game on the schedule as an easy victory, but since the LSU game, things have changed.
Can we grab a win and get that good feeling back? Let's check and see what the Four Factors say about our chances, but don't tell Charles, he hates analytics.
Perhaps somewhat surprisingly the Tigers are not favored in any of the four factors of the game, so perhaps we just forget about what the math says, sorry stats people the world over.
Since we're not going to focus on the numbers, let's look at Sam's Three Keys to victory from today's preview.
1) Who's going to score more points? Seems pretty simple and straightforward. State has trouble scoring and so does Mizzou. Teki Gill-Caeser and Namon Wright will be available but Tramaine Isabell remains suspended.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>Just heard that Teki Gill-Caeser and Namon Wright will be available for today's game vs Mississippi State. Tramaine Isabell still held out</p>— Rock M Nation (@rockmnation) <a href="https://twitter.com/rockmnation/status/566673937879158784">February 14, 2015</a></blockquote>
<script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
2) Keep the Bulldogs off the glass. State has been successful this season getting rebounds and run outs as a result, so hit that glass hard KP, JW3, and RR and that'll make a world of difference. Also, while rebounding do your best not to foul all afternoon.
3) Don't turn the ball over. This is going to be harder to control with Wes out and Keith and Deuce being the only potential ball handlers on the floor. So hopefully Kim Anderson heard what he needed to hear from the freshman and we'll get back to playing a full squad and we'll have a shot.
There you have it, can the Tigers win, let's sit back and find out together.
In the meantime enjoy this slomo dunk from D'Angelo Allen: