Mississippi State (14-12, 8-9) vs. Auburn (12-14, 6-11)
Auburn Arena, Auburn, Alabama; Saturday, 1 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Two guards will be on display as D.J. Stewart Jr. and Mississippi State will face Allen Flanigan and Auburn. The junior Stewart has scored 24 percent of the team’s points this season and is averaging 13.8 over his last five games. Flanigan, a sophomore, is averaging 14.4 points over the last five games.
FAB FRESHMEN: Auburn has relied heavily on its freshmen this year. Flanigan, Jaylin Williams, JT Thor and Sharife Cooper have collectively accounted for 56 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 63 percent of all Tigers points over the last five games.DOMINANT D.J.: Stewart has connected on 35.7 percent of the 115 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 5 of 14 over the last three games. He’s also converted 79.2 percent of his free throws this season.
STREAK SCORING: Mississippi State has won its last three road games, scoring 68 points, while allowing 57.3 per game.
PASSING FOR POINTS: The Bulldogs have recently created baskets via assists more often than the Tigers. Auburn has an assist on 32 of 61 field goals (52.5 percent) across its past three contests while Mississippi State has assists on 44 of 74 field goals (59.5 percent) during its past three games.
DID YOU KNOW: Auburn gets to the line more often than any other SEC team. The Tigers have averaged 22.1 free throws per game this season and 25 per game over their last three games.
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