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Mississippi State 75, Vanderbilt 74: YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS.

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Some losses, you can live with. And some losses make you want to set stuff on fire. Last night was one of the latter.

Yeah, fuck that guy.
Yeah, fuck that guy.
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Mississippi State Four Factors

I don't really have much to say about the game.  The Four Factors chart speaks for itself: an evenly-matched game against a team Vanderbilt should not have been evenly matched with.  Perhaps this game is better summed up in GIF form:

BURN IT DOWN

Yeah, that about sums it up.  Vanderbilt held a 61-44 lead with 13:32 to go.  Mississippi State held a lead for a grand total of 14 seconds.  If you're thinking to yourself "this sounds like a game that Vanderbilt probably won" then obviously you don't realize that Mississippi State, after leading 2-0 for 14 seconds early in the first half, did get the lead back eventually when there were zero seconds left on the clock.  Matthew Fisher-Davis scored 17 points in the first half and then attempted two shots after halftime, because why continue doing what was obviously working well?  And the Commodores weren't helping themselves by going 5-of-11 from the foul line in the second half.

Individual Stats

Player MIN FG FGA 3FG 3FGA FT FTA ORB DRB REB PF PTS AST TO BLK STL AdjGS GS/Min
Matthew Fisher-Davis 34 7 11 6 9 0 0 0 4 4 1 20 2 0 0 0 22.7 0.67
Damian Jones 34 9 16 0 0 2 5 2 8 10 2 20 1 3 1 0 16.5 0.49
Jeff Roberson 39 4 5 2 3 2 2 1 3 4 4 12 0 1 1 0 12.9 0.33
Wade Baldwin IV 38 3 12 1 5 3 5 1 4 5 2 10 9 2 0 1 11.0 0.29
Luke Kornet 18 2 5 1 3 1 1 2 3 5 4 6 0 1 2 0 5.8 0.32
Josh Henderson 9 1 5 0 0 0 0 1 2 3 0 2 1 0 0 1 2.5 0.28
Nolan Cressler 16 1 4 0 2 0 0 1 3 4 1 2 1 0 0 0 2.0 0.12
Riley LaChance 12 0 3 0 1 2 4 1 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 0.7 0.05

  • I realize that Ben Howland obviously made halftime adjustments. But were we even trying to get Matthew Fisher-Davis shots in the second half?
  • Actually, no, that question is too obvious.  Were we even running an offense in the last 12 minutes of the game?
  • When Josh Henderson attempts as many shots from the floor as Jeff Roberson and Luke Kornet, something's not right.
  • Are Joe Toye, Samir Sehic, and Camron Justice worse than the three bench guys that Stallings regularly goes to?
  • It's telling that on Vanderbilt's last offensive possession, Ben Howland told his guys to wait until Riley LaChance got the ball to foul him.

Seriously, the less said about this game, the better.  Vanderbilt welcomes Georgia to Memorial Gym, and calling it a "must-win" game at this point is redundant because that's going to describe basically all of them from here on out.