Battle Of The Bulldogs Sunday As State Hosts Georgia
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Following a hard-fought game against No. 14 LSU on Thursday, Mississippi State hopes to find its way back in the win column as it returns to Humphrey Coliseum to host Georgia Sunday at 2 p.m.
The tilt at Humphrey Coliseum will be televised by CSS, with Matt Stewart and Joe Ciampi serving as courtside analysts.
Bully’s Kidz Kourt opens one hour prior to tip in the Mize Pavilion, and students can receive free pizza before the game while supplies last.
Sunday’s contest also serves as Greek Day, and $250 each will be awarded to the most spirited fraternity and sorority.
Fans can also go to www.hailstate.com/memories and have the chance to win some great experiences including lining up with the Bulldogs for the National Anthem, the opportunity to participate in the Cadence This or That Challenge or a personal visit from Bully.
In addition to the CSS broadcast, WKBB-FM 100.9 and WXWX-FM 96.3 will also carry the game along with the live audio stream available to HailStateTV subscribers at www.hailstate.com/hstvlive.
MSU enters the matchup 15-7 overall and 2-6 following a 65-56 setback at LSU Thursday. The Bulldogs held a 26-21 lead at halftime, but the Tigers roared back in the second half to claim the win.
Martha Alwal leads Vic Schaefer’s squad with 15.2 points and is third in the SEC with 8.6 rebounds per game. The junior is also second in the conference in field goal percentage, shooting 53.5-percent from the floor.
Katia May, who led the Bulldogs with 12 points in Baton Rouge, is sixth in the SEC with 5.6 assists an outing.
Georgia (15-6, 3-5) knocked off No. 12 Kentucky 58-56 on Thursday. The Bulldogs from Athens have won three of their last four after losing their first four league contests.
Shacobia Barbee leads UGA with 12.6 points and 8.1 rebounds and ranks first in the SEC with 2.7 steals per game, just ahead of MSU junior Savannah Carter. Andy Landers’s team limits foes to a conference fourth-lowest 55.9 points a game this season.
MSU hopes to replicate last season’s success against Georgia, as it captured a 50-38 win against then-No. 11 UGA in the home finale. The Maroon and White played stifling defense to hold the Athens-based Dogs to a season-low point total.
Georgia holds a slim 10-8 series lead in Starkville, but MSU has won two of the last three at The Hump. The squads will meet again in Athens for the March 2 regular-season finale.
Sunday’s contest is the first of back-to-back home games for the Bulldogs, as No. 7 South Carolina comes to the Hump Thursday at 7 p.m.