Tip between the two in-state rivalries is set for 3:05 p.m., and the game will be televised by ESPNU with Mike Morgan and Darrin Horn handling the broadcast.
There will be free pizza for students while supplies last, and the first 1,000 students will also receive free Hail State rally towels.
The Bulldogs, who are 140-107 in this series, enter the contest at 10-4 overall and 0-1 in the SEC after losing 85-63 Wednesday at No. 14 Kentucky in a game they led at halftime. Ole Miss is also 10-4 but 1-0 in the league after its 65-62 win against Auburn.
The Rebels will be playing without Marshall Henderson, but Rick Ray said the play of junior guard Jarvis Summers, who is averaging 17.5 points, is as concerning as Marshall.
“Regardless if Marshall Henderson is playing or not, Jarvis Summers is a really good basketball player,” said the second year coach, whose team claimed a 73-67 win here a year ago. “You look at his stat line, and it’s phenomenal. You could argue that he is maybe the most improved player in the SEC.”
The same could also be said for MSU sophomore guard Craig Sword.
The Montgomery, Ala., native leads MSU with his 14.6 scoring clip, and he’s fifth in the SEC with his 1.9 steals. Against Kentucky, he poured in a team-high 19 points and was credited with three steals.
After Saturday, MSU travels to Alabama on Wednesday before returning home Jan. 18 against Texas A&M.