Bulldogs Look To Get Back On Track Against Aggies

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Trivante Bloodman and the rest of his MSU teammates battle Texas A&M at 12:30 on Saturday.
Photo Courtesy of Bill Simmonds

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Humphrey Coliseum’s doors will open for yet another pivotal game as Mississippi State hosts Texas A&M on Saturday.

SEC TV will televise the 12:30 p.m. tilt, with Dave Lamont and Daymeon Fishback providing courtside commentary.

The Bulldogs (11-5, 1-2) look to bounce back after suffering an 80-61 setback at Alabama on Wednesday. Gavin Ware scored 18 points and grabbed six rebounds, while Craig Sword also added 12 points.

Sword leads MSU with 14.5 points per game and 35 total steals. Ware ranks third in the conference in rebounding with 8.8 boards an outing while also averaging 10.9 points.

As a team, Mississippi State leads the SEC in total steals with 147 and is second in steals per game with 9.2.

The Aggies (12-4, 3-0) enter the contest as one of the league’s hottest teams and are one of only two teams with a perfect record in SEC play.

Jamal Jones paces Texas A&M with an 11.6 scoring clip. Alex Caruso leads the league in assists with 5.3 per game.

The Aggies excel on the defe

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Humphrey Coliseum’s doors will open for yet another pivotal game as Mississippi State hosts Texas A&M on Saturday.

SEC TV will televise the 12:30 p.m. tilt, with Dave Lamont and Daymeon Fishback providing courtside commentary.

The Bulldogs (11-5, 1-2) look to bounce back after suffering an 80-61 setback at Alabama on Wednesday. Gavin Ware scored 18 points and grabbed six rebounds, while Craig Sword also added 12 points.

Sword leads MSU with 14.5 points per game and 35 total steals. Ware ranks third in the conference in rebounding with 8.8 boards an outing while also averaging 10.9 points.

As a team, Mississippi State leads the SEC in total steals with 147 and is second in steals per game with 9.2.

The Aggies (12-4, 3-0) enter the contest as one of the league’s hottest teams and are one of only two teams with a perfect record in SEC play.

Jamal Jones paces Texas A&M with an 11.6 scoring clip. Alex Caruso leads the league in assists with 5.3 per game.

The Aggies excel on the defensive end of the floor, as they hold opponents to just a .384 shooting percentage from the field, the lowest allowed percentage in the SEC. Coach Billy Kennedy’s squad also ranks second in the conference in scoring defense, giving up only 60.2 points a game.

MSU will make a return trip to College Station on Feb. 5. The squads met in a thrilling overtime contest in Starkville last year, with Texas A&M claiming a 55-49 win in the extra period.

Following Saturday’s matchup, the Bulldogs will host Auburn on Wednesday. The 7 p.m. tilt can be seen on ESPN3.com and on the WatchESPN app for smart phones.

Saturday’s Marketing Promotions

MSU students will receive free pizza prior to tip as long as supplies last. At the end of the game, one student will also receive an autographed basketball. The Maroon Memories winners are eligible for the Cadence Contestant for Cash, Anthem Buddies, seat upgrades, a spirit member pic at fan’s seat and exclusive pictures with the Egg Bowl and Liberty Bowl trophies. For more information, go to www.hailstate.com/memories.


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