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Bulldogs Return Home To Battle Vanderbilt

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Mississippi State plays Vanderbilt at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday at Humphrey Coliseum.
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STARKVILLE, Miss. - Two teams look to bounce back from hard-fought road losses as Mississippi State hosts Vanderbilt on Saturday at Humphrey Coliseum.

Tip-off is set for 12:47 p.m. for this SEC Network telecast. Dave Baker will provide play-by-play duties with Jon Sundvold serving as the color commentator.

Both squads fell just short in upset bids on Wednesday night. The Bulldogs (7-18, 2-11) dropped a 64-56 decision at Alabama. Jalen Steele netted a team-high 15 points for MSU, while Colin Borchert added 14 points to tie his best scoring total in league play.

Vandy fell 74-70 to Kentucky at Rupp Arena on Wednesday. Kedren Johnson recorded 17 points and seven assists for the Dores.

Last season's encounter in Nashville proved to be an instant classic. Mississippi State stormed out of the gates in the second half to erase and 11-point halftime deficit and led by as many as 10 late in the game.

The Commodores came up with a big rally of their own to force overtime. A Dee Bost lay-in with 51 seconds remaining in the extra period gave MSU the lead for good as they held on for a thrilling 78-77 win at Memorial Coliseum.

No player from either current team started in last year's meeting. Steele added five three-pointers off the bench for the Bulldogs.

The Maroon and White hold a 31-22 all-time series lead at home and have won eight of the last nine in Starkville.

Craig Sword leads MSU in scoring with 10.0 points per outing. Sword, Fred Thomas and Gavin Ware average a combined 28.5 points a game, giving the Bulldogs the second-best scoring contribution from freshmen in the SEC.

Johnson paces Vandy with 13.8 points an outing. The Dores excel from beyond the arc, averaging almost eight made three-pointers per game.

Following Saturday's contest, Mississippi State will travel to the Bluegrass State for a showdown with Kentucky. The SEC Network will televise the 7 p.m. tilt.


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