2019–20 Mississippi State Bulldogs men's basketball team

The 2019–20 Mississippi State Bulldogs basketball team represent Mississippi State University in the 2019–20 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Bulldogs, led by fifth-year head coach Ben Howland, play their home games at Humphrey Coliseum in Starkville, Mississippi as members of the Southeastern Conference.

2019–20 Mississippi State Bulldogs men's basketball
Mississippi State Bulldogs logo.svg
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
2019–20 record12–6 (3–3 SEC)
Head coachBen Howland (5th season)
Assistant coaches
Home arenaHumphrey Coliseum
Seasons
2019–20 Southeastern Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
LSU 6 0   1.000     14 4   .778
No. 15 Kentucky 5 1   .833     14 4   .778
No. 16 Auburn 4 2   .667     16 2   .889
Florida 4 2   .667     12 6   .667
Tennessee 4 2   .667     12 6   .667
Alabama 4 2   .667     11 7   .611
Arkansas 3 3   .500     14 4   .778
Mississippi State 3 3   .500     12 6   .667
Texas A&M 3 3   .500     9 8   .529
South Carolina 2 3   .400     10 8   .556
Georgia 1 4   .200     11 7   .611
Missouri 1 5   .167     9 9   .500
Ole Miss 0 5   .000     9 9   .500
Vanderbilt 0 5   .000     8 10   .444
2020 SEC Tournament winner
As of January 23, 2020; Rankings from AP Poll

Previous seasonEdit

The Bulldogs finished the 2018–19 season 23–11, 10–8 in SEC play to finish in a tie for sixth place. They defeated Texas A&M in the second round of the SEC Tournament before losing in the quarterfinals to Tennessee. They were received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament where were defeated by Liberty in the First Round.

OffseasonEdit

DeparturesEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Reason for departure
Lamar Peters 2 G 6'0" 185 Junior New Orleans, LA Play professionally
T. J. Gray 4 G 6'0" 165 Junior Columbus, MS Walk-on; left the team due to personal reasons
Quinndary Weatherspoon 11 G 6'4" 205 Senior Camden, MS Graduated
Aric Holman 35 F 6'10" 225 Senior Owensboro, KY Graduated
Jethro Tshisumpa 42 F 6'10" 260 Junior Lubumbashi, Congo Transferred to Texas Southern

Incoming transfersEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Previous School
Tolu Smith 35 F 6'10" 240 Sophomore Bay St. Louis, MS Transferred from Western Kentucky. Under NCAA transfer rules, Smith will have to sit out for the 2019–20 season. Will have two years of remaining eligibility.

2019 recruiting classEdit

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Elias King
PF
Snellville, GA Lincoln Academy 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Oct 28, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Iverson Molinar
SG
Calabasas, CA Veritas Prep 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Oct 22, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Devin Butts
SG
Macon, GA Stratford Academy 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 148 lb (67 kg) Oct 10, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPNN/A
Quinten Post
C
Amsterdam, Netherlands Cartesius Lyceum 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 244 lb (111 kg) Jun 7, 2019 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPNN/A
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "Mississippi State 2019 Basketball Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved August 19, 2019.
  • "2019 Mississippi State Basketball Commits". Scout.com. Retrieved August 19, 2019.
  • "ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 19, 2019.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved August 19, 2019.
  • "2019 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved August 19, 2019.

2020 recruiting classEdit

PreseasonEdit

SEC media pollEdit

The SEC media poll was released on October 15, 2019.[1]

Media poll
Predicted finish Team
1 Kentucky
2 Florida
3 LSU
4 Auburn
5 Tennessee
6 Alabama
7 Mississippi State
8 Ole Miss
9 Georgia
10 South Carolina
11 Arkansas
12 Texas A&M
13 Missouri
14 Vanderbilt

Preseason All-SEC teamsEdit

The Bulldogs had one player selected to the preseason all-SEC teams.


RosterEdit

2019–20 Mississippi State Bulldogs men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 0 Nick Weatherspoon 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jr Velma Jackson HS Camden, MS
F 1 Reggie Perry 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 250 lb (113 kg) So Thomasville HS Thomasville, GA
F 2 Elias King 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Fr Lincoln Academy Snellville, GA
G 3 D. J. Stewart 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) RS Fr Riverside HS Grace, MS
G 4 Devin Butts 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Fr Stratford Academy Macon, GA
G 5 Iverson Molinar 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Fr Veritas Prep Panama City, Panama
G 10 Tate Clayton (W) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Jr Tupelo HS Tupelo, MS
G 12 Robert Woodard II 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 230 lb (104 kg) So Columbus HS Columbus, MS
G 13 Reggie Miller (W) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Sr Saltillo HS
Itawamba CC
Saltillo, MS
F 15 Prince Oduro 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 250 lb (113 kg) RS So First Love Christian Academy
Siena
Toronto, ON
F 20 Mitchell Storm (W) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Sr Madison Central HS
East Mississippi CC
Madison, MS
G 21 Justin Ramph (W) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Jr Hoover HS
Southern Union State CC
Birmingham, AL
F 22 KeyShawn Feazell 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Jr Lawrence County HS New Hebron, MS
G 23 Tyson Carter 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Sr Starkville HS Starkville, MS
F 24 Abdul Ado 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 255 lb (116 kg) RS Jr Hamilton Heights Christian Academy Chattanooga, TN
G 25 Isaac Stansbury (W) 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 160 lb (73 kg) Fr Greenwood HS Bowling Green, KY
F 30 Andrew Junkin (W) 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 240 lb (109 kg) RS Fr New Hope HS New Hope, MS
F 32 Quinten Post 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Fr Cartesius Lyceum Amsterdam, Netherlands
F 35 Tolu Smith   6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) So Kahuku HS
Western Kentucky
Bay St. Louis, MS
C 45 E. J. Datcher 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 255 lb (116 kg) Sr Vincent HS Vincent, AL
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster

Schedule and resultsEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
October 27, 2019*
3:00 pm
South Alabama
Mississippi flooding relief
W 78–75 
 19  Carter   9  Feazell/Perry   5  Carter  Humphrey Coliseum (1,515)
Starkville, MS
Regular season
November 5, 2019*
7:00 pm, SECN+
FIU W 77–69  1–0
 23  Carter   8  Woodard II   3  Carter, Perry  Humphrey Coliseum (6,230)
Starkville, MS
November 8, 2019*
7:00 pm, SECN+
Sam Houston State W 67–58  2–0
 28  Carter   14  Perry   6  Carter  Humphrey Coliseum (6,255)
Starkville, MS
November 14, 2019*
6:00 pm, SECN
Louisiana–Monroe W 62–45  3–0
 14  Perry   14  Perry   4  Carter  Humphrey Coliseum (5,582)
Starkville, MS
November 17, 2019*
2:00 pm, SECN+
New Orleans W 82–59  4–0
 21  Woodard II   16  Woodard II   5  Carter  Humphrey Coliseum (6,090)
Starkville, MS
November 21, 2019*
1:00 pm, ESPNU
vs. Tulane
Myrtle Beach Invitational quarterfinal
W 80–66  5–0
 21  Molinar   11  Carter   5  Molinar  HTC Center 
Conway, SC
November 22, 2019*
1:30 pm, ESPN2
vs. No. 17 Villanova
Myrtle Beach Invitational semifinal
L 76–83  5–1
 22  Carter   10  Perry   3  Molinar  HTC Center (2,361)
Conway, SC
November 24, 2019*
12:00 pm, ESPNews
at Coastal Carolina
Myrtle Beach Invitational
W 81–56  6–1
 19  Carter   10  Woodard II   10  Carter  HTC Center (1,934)
Conway, SC
December 5, 2019*
7:00 pm, SECN+
Louisiana Tech L 67–74  6–2
 20  Carter   14  Perry   4  Tied  Humphrey Coliseum (6,375)
Starkville, MS
December 14, 2019*
10:30 am, ESPNU
vs. Kansas State
Never Forget Tribute Classic
W 67–61  7–2
 14  Carter   10  Woodard II   4  Carter  Prudential Center 
Newark, NJ
December 18, 2019*
7:00 pm, SECN+
Radford W 77–68  8–2
 18  Perry   12  Ado   4  Carter  Humphrey Coliseum (6,101)
Starkville, MS
December 22, 2019*
2:00 pm, SECN
vs. New Mexico State L 52–58  8–3
 17  Perry   10  Perry   4  Stewart Jr.  Mississippi Coliseum (2,761)
Jackson, MS
December 30, 2019*
7:00 pm, SECN+
Kent State W 96–68  9–3
 26  Perry   17  Perry   4  Tied  Humphrey Coliseum (6,515)
Starkville, MS
January 4, 2020
3:30 pm, SECN
No. 8 Auburn L 68–80  9–4
(0–1)
 21  Perry   12  Tied   2  Tied  Humphrey Coliseum (8,447)
Starkville, MS
January 8, 2020
6:00 pm, SECN
at Alabama L 69–90  9–5
(0–2)
 20  Weatherspoon   9  Woodard II   2  Tied  Coleman Coliseum (9,938)
Tuscaloosa, AL
January 11, 2020
7:00 pm, ESPN
at LSU L 59–60  9–6
(0–3)
 14  Weatherspoon   15  Perry   5  Weatherspoon  Pete Maravich Assembly Center (10,364)
Baton Rouge, LA
January 14, 2020
8:00 pm, SECN
Missouri W 72–45  10–6
(1–3)
 23  Perry   10  Perry   7  Carter  Humphrey Coliseum (5,904)
Starkville, MS
January 18, 2020
7:30 pm, SECN
Georgia W 91–59  11–6
(2–3)
 22  Perry   12  Perry   8  Weatherspoon  Humphrey Coliseum (6,585)
Starkville, MS
January 22, 2020
6:00 pm, SECN
Arkansas W 77–70  12–6
(3–3)
 26  Perry   13  Perry   6  Weatherspoon  Humphrey Coliseum (6,337)
Starkville, MS
January 25, 2020*
1:00 pm, ESPN2
vs. Oklahoma
Big 12/SEC Challenge
  
                  Chesapeake Energy Arena 
Oklahoma City, OK
January 28, 2020
6:00 pm, ESPN2
at Florida   
                  O'Connell Center 
Gainesville, FL
February 1, 2020
6:00 pm, ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU
Tennessee   
                  Humphrey Coliseum 
Starkville, MS
February 4, 2020
8:00 pm, ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU
at Kentucky   
                  Rupp Arena 
Lexington, KY
February 8, 2020
7:30 pm, SECN
Vanderbilt   
                  Humphrey Coliseum 
Starkville, MS
February 11, 2020
6:00 pm, ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU/SECN
at Ole Miss   
                  The Pavilion at Ole Miss 
Oxford, MS
February 15, 2020
12:00 pm, SECN
at Arkansas   
                  Bud Walton Arena 
Fayetteville, AR
February 19, 2020
8:00 pm, SECN
South Carolina   
                  Humphrey Coliseum 
Starkville, MS
February 22, 2020
2:30 pm, SECN
at Texas A&M   
                  Reed Arena 
College Station, TX
February 25, 2020
8:00 pm, SECN
Alabama   
                  Humphrey Coliseum 
Starkville, MS
February 29, 2020
2:30 pm, SECN
at Missouri   
                  Mizzou Arena 
Columbia, MO
March 3, 2020
5:30 pm, SECN
at South Carolina   
                  Colonial Life Arena 
Columbia, SC
March 7, 2020
5:30 pm, SECN
Ole Miss   
                  Humphrey Coliseum 
Starkville, MS
SEC Tournament
March 11–14, 2020
vs. TBD   
                  Bridgestone Arena 
Nashville, TN
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Central Time.

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