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Bulldogs Look To End Skid Against Visiting Volunteers

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Sophomores Gavin Ware and Craig Sword lead MSU against Tennessee on Wednesday at the Hump.
Photo Courtesy of Bill Simmonds

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Two teams look to bounce back from hard-fought setbacks from this past weekend as Mississippi State hosts Tennessee on Wednesday.

Tip-off at Humphrey Coliseum is set for 7:05 p.m. CT, with Dave Neal and Jon Sundvold providing commentary for SEC TV.

The Bulldogs (13-14, 3-11) enter the matchup after dropping a tough 73-69 decision against Arkansas on Saturday. Colin Borchert recorded a game-high 21 points off the bench while Roquez Johnson netted 11 points to go along with nine rebounds.

Craig Sword paces MSU in the scoring column with 13.5 points per game and has scored in double figures in 21 games. Gavin Ware averages 10.4 points and is sixth in the SEC in rebounding with 7.4 boards a game.

The Volunteers (16-11, 7-7) fell 68-65 at Texas A&M in overtime on Saturday. Jordan McRae led UT with 20 points in the loss.

McRae leads the Vols and is fourth in the conference with a 19.3 scoring clip. Jarnell Stokes averages a double-double with 14.4 points and 10.4 boards and leads the league in rebounding. Cuonzo Martin’s squad has controlled the glass this season, allowing opponents to only 30.4 rebounds a game, the lowest rate in the SEC.

The Bulldogs hold a 27-26 all-time advantage in Starkville against the Volunteers and won the last meeting at The Hump with a 62-58 victory in the 2011-2012 season.

Following Wednesday’s clash, Mississippi State will hit the road for its final two road games of the season. The Bulldogs will travel to Missouri on Saturday in 12:30 p.m. tilt on SEC TV.


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