The SEC Men’s Tournament has finally kicked off, and March is here! Mississippi State is a No. 6 seed and has been matched up with Texas A&M. The Aggies defeated Vanderbilt 69-52 Wednesday night.
Savion Flagg finished their game against Vandy with 29 points, six rebounds and one assist. Flagg has been playing lights-out coming down the stretch and is averaging 22 points and 8.3 rebounds over his last four games. He will be the focus defensively and will be the leader on this Aggie squad. In Mississippi State’s matchup with Texas A&M last week, Flagg scored 23 points.
Mississippi State put together their best season this decade and I’m excited what this team can do in the post-season. MSU was put on the same side of the bracket at Tennessee and Kentucky, but State does have the ability to beat both of those teams.
The Bulldogs are coming off an exceptional shooting performance against Texas A&M and it was a perfect way to end the season. MSU shot 16 of 34 (47.1%) from 3-point range; and 11 of those came from Tyson Carter and Lamar Peters. Peters has been struggling the past few weeks, but this game might have been the perfect way to end his shooting woes. Continue shooting even half this good, and the Bulldogs will be able to beat any team in this Tournament. Mississippi State may have gotten hot shooting the ball again and that will lead to a deep run into both Tournaments.
Ben Howland is one of the most experienced coaches in the SEC when it comes to post-season play. He has a really good team and in a position to spoil some teams’ dreams of winning the SEC Tournament. Quinndary Weatherspoon and Aric Holman are playing their very last games in Maroon & White and their leadership, heart, and determination will lead to some victories in March. Go Dawgs and Hail State!