Mississippi State (23-9, 11-8) vs. No. 3 seed Tennessee (27-4, 15-3)
Southeastern Conference Tourney Quarterfinals, Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee; Friday, 8:30 p.m....
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Lamar Peters' wrist is feeling much better, and now he's doing his best to help the Mississippi State Bulldogs burnish their resume before the NCAA Tournament.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Lamar Peters had 21 points and Quinndary Weatherspoon added 20 as Mississippi State defeated Texas A&M 92-81 on Saturday.
Mississippi State (21-8, 9-7) vs. No. 5 Tennessee (26-3, 14-2)
Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, Tennessee; Tuesday, 9 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: No. 5 Tennessee presents a tough challenge...
Mississippi State (21-7, 9-6) vs. Auburn (19-9, 8-7)
Auburn Arena, Auburn, Alabama; Saturday, 4 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Mississippi State looks for its sixth straight conference win...
Missouri (12-14, 3-11) vs. Mississippi State (20-7, 8-6)
Humphrey Coliseum, Starkville, Mississippi; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Mississippi State looks for its fourth straight...
South Carolina (14-12, 9-4) vs. Mississippi State (19-7, 7-6)
Humphrey Coliseum, Starkville, Mississippi; Saturday, 6 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: South Carolina goes for the season sweep...
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Lamar Peters embraces the role of the point guard and loves to be the guy who sets up the offense, distributes the basketball and plays great defense.
Scoring is secondary. But if the shots are there, he's happy to take them.
Peters scored 22 points, Quinndary Weatherspoon added 20 and Mississippi State beat Alabama 81-62 on Tuesday night.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Quinndary Weatherspoon had one of his best games of the season when Mississippi State had to have it, tying a season high with 27 points in the No. 22 Bulldogs' 92-84 victory over No. 16 Auburn on Saturday night.
But the senior didn't want to talk about his performance, focusing instead on the team's overall stats like 51 percent shooting and 20 assists on 28 field goals.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Lamar Peters is making 3-point range look like a layup drill.
Peters made five more 3s and scored 19 points, helping No. 17 Mississippi State beat Wofford 98-87 on Wednesday night for its seventh consecutive win.
Aric Holman also had 19 points for the Bulldogs (10-1), who rallied from a 12-point deficit early in the second half. Quinndary Weatherspoon made 14 of 15 foul shots on his way to 18 points, and Nick Weatherspoon and Reggie Perry each had 12 points.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State made some beautiful passes, clutch 3-pointers and spectacular dunks during Saturday night's impressive 70-59 victory over Cincinnati.
But there was an ugly, disjointed play during the second half where maroon and white jerseys were flying all around the floor that really got the attention of Bulldogs' coach Ben Howland.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Mississippi State planted the seeds for its school record of 19 made 3-pointers with some hard work over the summer.
"Our guys, I'm telling you right now, I've never had a team collectively work harder at shooting than our guys did this last offseason," coach Ben Howland said.
Lamar Peters scored 28 points and was 8 of 11 from beyond the arc, leading No. 22 Mississippi State to a wire-to-wire 82-71 win over Clemson in the Never Forget Tribute Classic on Saturday.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Lamar Peters knows how to distribute the ball to his teammates. He's also smart enough — and getting good enough — to know when he should just keep it and let the 3-pointers fly.
The junior point guard scored a career-high 27 points to lead No. 22 Mississippi State over McNeese State 90-77 on Tuesday night. Peters finished 9 of 16 from the field, including 8 for 13 from 3-point range.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — There's little question that Lamar Peters has the floor vision and defensive ability to be one of the best point guards in the Southeastern Conference this season.
If his shot starts falling like it did on Monday night, the ceiling might be even higher.
Peters and Nick Weatherspoon both scored 17 points, freshman Reggie Perry added 16 points and 11 rebounds and No. 25 Mississippi State cruised past Alcorn State for an 88-65 victory.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State's night turned sour after just 29 seconds when starting guard Nick Weatherspoon was rolling around on the floor, wincing in pain while clutching his sprained left ankle.
The Bulldogs looked shaken, falling behind early against a team they were supposed to beat easily. Thanks to Weatherspoon's replacement, things got better in a hurry.
No. 18 Mississippi State
Last season: 25-12, lost 75-60 to Penn State in the semifinals of the NIT.
Coach: Ben Howland
Who's gone: Guard Eli Wright (transfer), guard/forward Xavian Stapleton (transfer)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Quinndary Weatherspoon scored 19 points and grabbed 14 rebounds and Mississippi State advanced to the NIT semifinals at Madison Square Garden in New York with a 79-56 victory over Louisville on Tuesday night.
Mississippi State (25-11) will face Penn State (24-13) on March 27.
WACO, Texas (AP) — Quinndary Weatherspoon got a friendly bounce off the rim on a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift Mississippi State over Baylor 78-77 on Sunday in the second round of the NIT.
Aric Holman's blocked shot led to a fast break and Weatherspoon sank a 3-pointer to pull to 71-70. Terry Maston answered with a baseline jumper and banked in a shot on Baylor's next possession to make it 75-72.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Aric Holman had 16 points and 10 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season, Lamar Peters was four assists shy of a NIT record with a career-high 14 and Mississippi State won its first post-season game since 2010 with a 66-59 victory over Nebraska on Wednesday night in the first round.
Mississippi State (23-11) is in the postseason for the first time since a 101-96 double-overtime loss to UMass in the 2012 NIT.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — With 34 seconds left, Mississippi State extended its lead to 78-71, and it looked as if the Bulldogs were going to keep their NCAA Tournament hopes alive.
But as time wound down, those hopes faded as LSU's Skylar Mays hit a 3-pointer and the Bulldogs turned it over on the ensuing possession. With 10 seconds left, Tremont Waters drilled a 3 and the Tigers closed to 78-77.
The Bulldogs avoided foul attempts on the inbound and Nick Weatherspoon capped the victory with a dunk.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Lamar Peters had 19 points, including five in overtime, to lead Mississippi State past South Carolina 72-68 on Saturday.
Tyson Carter and Quinndary Weatherspoon had 13 points apiece for Mississippi State (21-8, 9-7 SEC). Nick Weatherspoon also had 10 points for the Bulldogs before fouling out in the second half. Quinndary Weatherspoon hit two free throws with 6.8 seconds left in overtime to clinch the win for Mississippi State.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Kevin Puryear had not made a 3-pointer since Jan. 10, missing a dozen attempts since then.
But with the shot clock running out and only 10 seconds left in overtime, Puryear made a 3 from the left corner to give Missouri the lead in an 89-85 victory over Mississippi State on Saturday.
"I knew I was going to shoot it when I got it, because my guy was helping off," said Puryear. "I had a wide-open 3 in the corner. It was up to me to let it go."
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Lamar Peters scored a season-high 20 points to lead Mississippi State to a 72-57 win over Georgia on Saturday night.
Quinndary Weatherspoon and his brother Nick Weatherspoon added 14 points for Mississippi State while Aric Holman chipped in 12 points, all of which came in the second half. The Bulldogs (17-6, 5-5 SEC) have now won three straight SEC games.
Georgia (13-9, 5-5) received 13 points from Yante Maten and Tyree Crump while Pape Diatta added 12 points.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Quinndary Weatherspoon had 19 points and Aric Holman added 18 points and a career-high 14 rebounds to lead Mississippi State to an 80-62 win over Vanderbilt on Tuesday at Humphrey Coliseum.
The Bulldogs (14-4, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) also received 10 points from Lamar Peters.
Vanderbilt (6-12, 1-5) was led by Ejike Obinna's 14 points. Jeff Roberson added 10 points for the Commodores, who have dropped four straight.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Aric Holman had career highs with 21 points and 12 rebounds to lead Mississippi State to a 92-61 victory over UT Martin on Saturday.
Quinndary Weatherspoon also had 21 points for Mississippi State (9-1) and Nick Weatherspoon added 11 to aid a balanced scoring attack. The Bulldogs also received nine points apiece from Lamar Peters, Eli Wright and Xavian Stapleton.
Matthew Butler had a game-high 22 points for UT Martin (3-8) and Delfincko Bogan added 10 points.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Quinndary Weatherspoon had a season-high 22 points and Mississippi State remained undefeated with a 95-62 victory Saturday over Division II North Georgia at Humphrey Coliseum.
Weatherspoon was 8 of 11 from the field and made all four of his 3 point attempts. Mississippi State (8-0) now is just one of seven undefeated teams in the Division I ranks.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Freshman Abdul Ado recorded his first double-double on Monday and led Mississippi State to a 77-68 win over Green Bay.
Ado had 12 points and 11 rebounds and the Bulldogs improved to 3-0. It is the best start for Mississippi State since starting 5-0 in the 2014-15 season. Lamar Peters had a game-high 18 points for Mississippi State while Aric Holman and Nick Weatherspoon had 13 and 10, respectively.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State used a balanced scoring attack Saturday and a 20-4 run to open the second half en route to a 79-48 win over Florida A&M.
Nick Weatherspoon, Quinndary Weatherspoon, Lamar Peters and Abdul Ado all had 12 points to lead Mississippi State (2-0). Tyson Carter added 10 points.
Ado added eight rebounds and three blocks in his first collegiate action after redshirting last season.
It's year three for Ben Howland at Mississippi State, which could mean the time is now for the Bulldogs' basketball program.
Howland has a reputation for impressive turnarounds of programs at Northern Arizona, Pittsburgh and UCLA. At each of those stops, there were two tough years under Howland before a massive jump in year three.
Howland believes he has built a roster at Mississippi State that has a chance for the same kind of success.
Last season: 16-16, no postseason appearance
Coach: Ben Howland
Who's gone: F Mario Kegler (transfer to Baylor), G I.J. Ready
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Quinndary Weatherspoon had a career-high 29 points Wednesday night to lead Mississippi State to an 89-74 victory over Missouri.
Lamar Peters had 23 points with a 7-of-11 showing on 3-pointers for the Bulldogs (13-6, 4-3 SEC). Mario Kegler added 16 points.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Schnider Herard's tip-in just before the halftime buzzer — a swat from about 10 feet away that somehow went in the hoop — certainly had an element of luck.
The other 14 points the 6-foot-10 freshman scored showed off a whole lot of rapidly improving skill.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Aric Holman scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds as Mississippi State defeated LSU 95-78 in a Southeastern Conference game Saturday.
Holman was one of five players in double figures for the Bulldogs (10-4, 1-1), who took the lead for good around the midway point of the first half. Lamar Peters finished with 15 points, Quinndary Weatherspoon had 14, I.J. Ready 13 and Mario Kegler 11.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State's Drew Davis — a walk-on who had played three minutes all season until Monday night — gave a little fake and a shake before letting a 22-footer fly in the waning minutes of a blowout win over Southern Mississippi.
Of course, it splashed through the net. The starters danced and celebrated on the bench for another 3-pointer that found its way home.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — East Tennessee State's Hanner Mosquera-Perea tipped in the game-winning bucket with 1.4 seconds left as the Bucs defeated Mississippi State 67-65 on Wednesday night.
Mississippi State's Lamar Peters sank a 3-pointer to tie the game at 65-65 with 10.9 seconds left. But the last-second put back gave the Bucs their sixth win in the last seven games.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Lamar Peters had a career-best 24 points to lead Mississippi State to an 82-60 win over Georgia State on Sunday.
Peters, a freshman, made a career-best six three-pointers in nine attempts as Mississippi State (6-2) won its third straight. Earlier this week, Peters missed the Bulldogs' win over Northwestern (La.) State due to oversleeping.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Mississippi State coach Ben Howland knew what was coming. Yet, it still left him shaking his head.
"Can you believe he ran a triangle and two on November 20?" smiled Howland at his longtime friend and one-time LA rival, UTEP coach Tim Floyd.