Muller -- MSU blog

Daine Muller and the Beavers play at Mississippi State on Thursday night.

Anibal Ortiz, Gazette-Times

Here's a look at Mississippi State, which hosts Oregon State on Thursday night.

The Bulldogs (4-2) are coming off a 65-59 home win against Northwestern State on Monday. They also have wins against Norfolk State, Boise State and Texas-El Paso and losses to Central Florida and Lehigh.

MSU was expected to be without its top player, sophomore guard Quinndary Weatherspoon, who suffered a wrist injury last week and was reported to be out for the season. But a report late Thursday afternoon said he was putting off surgery and would start against the Beavers.

Weatherspoon, considered an NBA prospect, was averaging 18.8 points and five rebounds through four games before missing the last two.

Senior guard I.J. Ready is the Bulldogs' next-leading scorer at 13.7 points. He also averages 3.3 rebounds and 5.2 assists. MSU also gets contributions from freshman guard Tyson Carter (12.5 points) and sophomore forward Aric Holman (11.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2 blocks).

The Bulldogs are one of the youngest teams in the country with nine freshmen and four sophomores.

Former UCLA coach and Lebanon native Ben Howland is in his second year as MSU's head coach. The Bulldogs were 14-17 this year.

Howland also previously coached at Northern Arizona and Pittsburgh.

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