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Wednesday, August 1
Team preview: Mississippi State Bulldogs

Returning Leaders
Points: Patterson 12.1 ppg
Rebounds: Patterson 4.4 rpg
Assists: Zimmerman 2.9 apg
FG %: R. Jackson 54.5%
3pt %: Patterson 37.2%
FT %: Patterson 79.2%

00-01 Stats:
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The lowdown
2000-01 record: 18-13; 7-9 in SEC (t4th in West)
Final Ranking: NR
Postseason: Lost to Tulsa 77-75 in quarterfinals of NIT.

Three Questions for 2001-02
1. What kind of impact will Marcus Campbell or Wesley Morgan have in the post? Are either one of them ready to play?

2. Can the Bulldogs get more out of Mario Austin? Can he become the go-to player inside?

3. Who is going to replace Antonio Jackson's scoring on the wing? Will the Bulldogs be as dangerous on the perimeter?

Andy Katz's Scenarios
Best case: Mississippi State gets the necessary production on the wings and makes a run at the NCAA Tournament with mid-level seed.

Worst case: The Bulldogs underachieve again and fall a few games short and end up in the NIT.

Key Players Returning
Player Yr. Pos. Ht./Wt. Comment
Marckell Patterson Sr. F 6-5/190 PTS: 12.1 | REB: 4.4 | AST: 2.0
Robert Jackson Sr. F 6-8/255 PTS: 11.3 | REB: 7.3 | AST: 0.5
Mario Austin So. F 6-9/265 PTS: 7.6 | REB: 3.6 | AST: 0.8
Derrick Zimmerman Jr. G 6-2/205 PTS: 4.6 | REB: 2.7 | AST: 2.9
Tyrus Boswell Sr. F 6-7/240 PTS: 6.8 | REB: 4.1 | AST: 0.3

Key Losses
Player Pos. Ht./Wt. Comment
Antonio Jackson G 6-4/185 PTS: 12.8 | REB: 3.2 | AST: 3.2
Tang Hamilton F 6-7/220 PTS: 12.2 | REB: 6.8 | AST: 1.3

Mississippi State Signings
Player Pos. Ht. High School/College
Marcus Campbell C 7-1 Albany, Ga./Westover H.S.
Wesley Morgan C 7-2 Gallatin, Tenn.
Winsome Frazier F 6-5 Miami, Fla./Northwestern H.S.
Michael Ignerski C 6-10 Poland/Eastern Oklahoma State College

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