Mississippi State Basketball: Can #22 Bulldogs ride momentum versus #8 Kentucky?

COLLEGE STATION, TX - FEBRUARY 24: Quinndary Weatherspoon
COLLEGE STATION, TX - FEBRUARY 24: Quinndary Weatherspoon /

The Mississippi State basketball team has rebounded after losing its first two SEC game, but can they keep it going against the Kentucky Wildcats?

To say the first two SEC games for the Mississippi State Basketball team were a disappointment would be an understatement. After winning 12 of 13 in the non conference portion of the schedule, the Bulldogs were ranked 14th and flying high as they traveled to South Carolina to take on the Gamecocks.

But things went south quickly in the next two games for the Mississippi State basketball team. The Bulldogs lost to South Carolina and Ole Miss, and it left fans wondering if this was going to be more of the same for what they had experienced with the men’s team ever since Rick Stansbury was let go.

The Bulldogs rebounded last week with two wins against Florida and Vanderbilt. The challenge will be keeping the momentum going tonight against the 8th ranked Kentucky Wildcats at Rupp Arena.

If they’re going to do so, the Mississippi State basketball team will need to rely on the efforts of two of their best players. Quinndary Weatherspoon and Lamar Peters have to be the big time players they have shown they are capable of being during any given moment.

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Quinndary Weatherspoon might be one of the most consistent players the Mississippi State basketball program has ever had. He averages 16.6 points per game, 5.8 rebounds per game, and 2.9 assists, and every single game, he seems to be right around those numbers. The Bulldogs will need him to contribute at least that much tonight.

But the difference between a good night for the Mississippi State basketball team and a show stopping performance by the team is often the play of Lamar Peters. When Peters is playing at his best, he’s as dynamic of a player as there is in college basketball. He averages almost six assists per game, but it is his three point shooting which can elevate the Bulldogs to another level.

Lamar Peters has hit 51 of 123 three point attempts this season for the Mississippi State basketball team. That’s good for 41.5 percent. If he catches fire early, he could carry the team on his back.

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Winning in Lexington is never easy for the Mississippi State basketball team. The Bulldogs haven’t won there since 2009, and tonight won’t be a cake walk. But if the Bulldogs are going to have any chance of a victory, they’ll need great performances from most of the team, but they absolutely have to have remarkable play from Quinndary Weatherspoon and Lamar Peters.