Miss. St. meets A&M in SEC tourney

Annette Crawford
March 15, 2019

Mississippi State enters the tournament coming off a strong end to their regular season.

Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy extended his job for at least a day as the Aggies handled Vanderbilt 69-52 on Wednesday night in the first round of the Southeastern Conference tournament at Nashville, Tenn. Williams had 25 points and nine rebounds, but the Volunteers had trouble dealing with a speedy Tigers team that stung them on the perimeter for 13 3-pointers - the second-most it allowed in a game this season.

"When you have teammates like ours, it makes the game a lot easier from the start, whether we're hitting or not, because everybody is a threat", Blackshear said.

Peters credited his improved shooting to simply staying in the gym and practice shooting after practice. The last time the Bulldogs captured the SEC Tournament title was in 2009 in Tampa, Florida.

Texas A&M: A rematch with Mississippi State after losing to the Bulldogs in the regular season finale. As a team, Mississippi State is averaging 77.3 points per game on 47.1% shooting from the field, 37.6% from behind the arc and 71.9% from the foul line this season.

No. 11 Texas A&M (13-17, 6-12) vs.

Kennedy said he wish he knew but hasn't talked to any administrator yet. But, from the opening tip, you knew who the Vols were going to play. "It's an unfortunate situation, but I'm not sure".

Tyson Carter scored 14 points for Mississippi State, and Quinndary Weatherspoon added 12.


Savion Flagg led Texas A&M with 21 points and 10 rebounds a night after scoring a career-high 29 points. Brandon Mahan also totaled 10 points for the Aggies.

Peters opened the game with a 3 for Mississippi State, and Weatherspoon added a 3 as the Bulldogs built a double-digit lead within the first six minutes at 15-4 on a 3-point play by Abdul Ado.

His mid-range jumper about a minute later forced a Vanderbilt timeout at 15:23, the lead up to 17.

It only got worse in the second half where the Bulldogs' biggest issue was a warning to coach Ben Howland to get back inside the coach's box. Hail State and Go Dawgs!

Remember this exact scenario played out last season.

Flagg has found his way over the second-half of the season and is peaking when the depleted Aggies need a consistent playmaker the most. The Aggies now are 3-7 all-time in the SEC tournament. It just has been that type of year. "He just told us just play and don't worry about him". Tonight we weren't razor sharp.

"There's definitely some things that we recognized several months ago, some necessary changes that needed to happen", Drew said. However, they have been dominated in recent games and I think that A&M will be just a little better than them on offense and defense today.

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