Who: Wright State (6-6) vs. No. 16 Mississippi State (10-1)
Where: Mississippi Coliseum, Jackson, Miss.
When: 7 p.m. Saturday
TV: SEC Network
Series: Mississippi State leads 1-0
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Coaches: Scott Nagy is 51-28 in his third year at Wright State and 461-268 in 24 years overall. Ben Howland is 65-46 in his third year at Mississippi State and 466-252 in 23 years overall. He made three straight trips to the Final Four with UCLA, finishing as national runner-up in 2006. He also reached the NCAA Sweet 16 twice with Pittsburgh.
Probable Wright State starters
Mark Hughes, 6-4, Sr., G, 9.0
Cole Gentry, 5-10, Jr., G, 13.6
Alan Vest, 6-3, Sr., G, 4.3
Bill Wampler, 6-6, Jr., F, 14.7
Loudon Love, 6-9, So., C, 14.0
Probable Mississippi State starters
Lamar Peters, 6-0, Jr., G, 14.2
Quinndary Weatherspoon, 6-4, Sr., G, 16.8
Nick Weatherspoon, 6-2, So., G, 10.1
Aric Holman, 6-10, Sr., F, 10.7
Abdul Ado, 6-11, So., F, 5.4
About Wright State: The Raiders have won two straight games and are ranked just outside the top 50 among 351 Division-I teams in 3-point percentage (38.1), 3-pointers per game (9.3) and turnovers per game (11.8). … Love is 58th nationally in rebounding (8.8), and his six double-doubles are the ninth-most in the country. Gentry is 13th in the nation in assist-turnover ratio (48 assists, 13 turnovers). … The Raiders are 2-31 all-time against current Power-5 conference schools, including 0-8 against the SEC. Their two wins were against Michigan State in 1999 and Georgia Tech last season.
About Mississippi State: The Bulldogs reached the NIT semifinals last season and were picked fourth in the SEC preseason poll. They’ve notched wins over Cincinnati, Clemson and Dayton while losing to Arizona State. They trailed by seven at UD with six minutes to go but rallied for a 65-58 victory. … They’re loaded in the backcourt. Quinndary Weatherspoon was an All-SEC pick last season, and brother Nick made the conference all-freshman team. Peters has made 24-of-39 three-pointers in his last four games. … Holman, who leads the team with 8.6 rebounds per game, was a preseason second-team all-league pick. … The Bulldogs had a tough time in a 98-87 win over 9-4 Wofford at home Wednesday, trailing by 12 in the second half. Wofford coach Mike Young told reporters after the game: “Mississippi State is awfully, awfully good. … When Mississippi State’s guys put their head down and drive, those guys are tough and they are good players. Physically, they are a force.”
Coming up: The Raiders open Horizon League play with home games against UIC on Dec. 28 and IUPUI on Dec. 30.