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Bulldogs Go For The Sweep Saturday At Ole Miss

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January 24, 2014
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Part II of the Magnolia State’s fiercest rivalry takes place on Saturday as Mississippi State travels to Oxford for a showdown with Ole Miss.

SEC TV will televise the 3 p.m. tilt at Tad Smith Coliseum, with Dave Baker and Daymeon Fishback providing courtside commentary.

The Bulldogs (13-5, 3-2) look to sweep the season series with the Rebels for the ninth time in the last 21 years after claiming a 76-72 victory in Starkville on Jan. 11.

MSU used its physicality to get to the free throw line 42 times as compared to just 12 attempts for Ole Miss. Craig Sword scored all of his 15 points from the charity stripe.

Sword leads Mississippi State and is 12th in the SEC with 14.5 points per game. Gavin Ware is third in the conference in rebounding with 8.4 boards an outing while also averaging 11.1 points.

The Bulldogs won their second-consecutive contest on Wednesday with an 82-74 defeat of Auburn. Roquez Johnson led the way for Rick Ray’s squad with 18 points off the bench, while Colin Borchert added 17 points.

Ole Miss (13-5, 4-1) has won three in a row since its loss at Humphrey Coliseum two weeks ago. The Rebels claimed a 63-52 win at Vanderbilt in the midweek. Jarvis Summers led UM with 16 points.

Summers is second on the team and eighth in the SEC in scoring with 17.9 points a game. Marshall Henderson, who did not play in the first matchup against MSU, leads the Rebels with an 18.7 scoring clip, which is tied for the fifth-best mark in the league.

Mississippi State has 43 wins in Oxford, more than any other road venue. Overall, the Bulldogs have won 23 of the last 31 meetings with the Rebels and hold a 141-107 advantage in the all-time series.

 Following Saturday’s clash, MSU returns home to host No. 6 Florida on Thursday. Tip-off at The Hump is set for 6 p.m. on ESPN2.

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