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MSU Concludes Homestand Saturday Against LSU

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Rick Ray and the Mississippi State Bulldogs look to snap a season-long, five-game losing streak Saturday against LSU.
Photo Courtesy of Bill Simmonds

STARKVILLE, Miss. - After battling new Southeastern Conference foe Texas A&M Wednesday night, Mississippi State and LSU renew their traditional hardwood rivalry Saturday at Humphrey Coliseum.

Tip is set for 4:30 p.m. Fox Sports South will televise the game with Dave Neal handling the play-by-play duties and Larry Conley providing color commentary.

At halftime, MSU will recognize all former coaches, players, managers and trainers who were able to make it to the game.

Both squads entertained teams new to the SEC in their most recent outings. The Bulldogs (7-12, 2-5) fell 55-49 to Texas A&M in an intense overtime clash, while the Tigers (11-7, 2-5) upset No. 17 Missouri 73-70 in Baton Rouge.

The series has historically been tightly contested, with LSU holding a slim 105-97 advantage all-time. Mississippi State has won nine of the last 13 in the series, and the previous five meetings have been decided by a combined 11 points.

Last season, MSU earned a 76-71 victory over the Tigers in Starkville in late January. LSU returned the favor on Valentine's Day as it claimed a 69-67 overtime showdown at Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

Freshman guard Fred Thomas continues to pace the Bulldogs in scoring with 10.6 points per game. Gavin Ware, another freshman, averages a team-high 6.8 rebounds an outing.

Anthony Hickey leads the Tiger scoring attack with 12.4 points and ranks first in the SEC with 3.7 steals a game. Mississippi natives Johnny O'Bryant III (11.9 points) and Andre Stringer (11.2 points) also average double-figure point totals for the Bayou Bengal squad coached by Johnny Jones.

"We had a tough loss the other night and did all the things the coaches asked us to do," junior guard Jalen Steele. "We've just got to correct all the little mistakes, like turnovers and losing focus on defense."

MSU will begin a two-game road trip on Wednesday at arch-rival Ole Miss. CSS will televise the 8 p.m. matchup at Tad Smith Coliseum.



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