Mississippi State started their week off against a team not too many have had the opportunity to pull off a victory against. The Bulldogs would join the ranks of the many and drop their matchup in Knoxville with a final of 71 – 54 in favor of the Volunteers. Tyson Carter would lead the Bulldogs with 14 points. Next, to close the regular season, MSU would host Texas A&M and look to send their seniors out with a final victory at the Hump. 8,732 spectators would see the Bulldogs get the victory 92-81 off of Lamar Peters’ team-leading 21 points 2 rebound day.
As for the Rebels, Ole Miss would host their senior night on Tuesday against the Kentucky Wildcats. This game would go down to the wire but to at the end of the buzzer “Big Blue” would be victorious 80-76. Terrance Davis would end the night with 25 points, 12 rebounds, and 3 assists. Saturday, Coach Davis and crew would travel to Columbia, MO to face off against “Mizzou”. The red and blue would get their final regular season victory to the tune of 73-68. Breein Tyree would lead the team with 21 points with the assistance of Devontae Schuler’s 18 points 3 steal day.
Next, for the Bulldogs, Rebels, and the rest of the SEC is a trip to Nashville for the SEC Tournament. Mississippi State will be a 6 seed and play the winner of Texas A&M and Vanderbilt on Thursday in the second round. Winner of that matchup will go on to face Tennessee. Ole Miss draws a 7 seed and will face Alabama on Thursday in the second round, the winner of this matchup will go to the quarterfinals to face Kentucky.
Just in case you didn’t know, Mississippi State’s women’s basketball team (about 5 hours ago) won the SEC Tournament. Teaira McCowan had 24 points and 14 points as the Lady Bulldogs obliterated Arkansas 101-70.
The Rebels started their week off against Little Rock on Tuesday with an 11-8 victory. Wednesday, the Rebels would try to follow suit of their rival Bulldogs from Tuesday (we will get to that in a minute) with a victory over East Carolina. Unfortunately for the Rebs, they would fall 3-2 to the #14 Pirates. Next Coach Bianco welcomed in a weekend series versus UAB. The Rebels would clinch their second-weekend series sweep in a row with offensive clinics Friday and Saturday victories (15-9, 13-4) and a defensive battle Sunday (2-1). Ole Miss sets at 12-3 for the season with a daunting two-game series mid-week at #8 Louisville before beginning SEC play hosting a three-game series against Alabama next weekend.
Mississippi State started their week off Tuesday against the previously mentioned #14 Pirates of ECU. The matchup would be more favorable to the Bulldogs as they would achieve the victory 4-1. Wednesday the Bulldogs would take their ECU score and add 10 to it as they dominated Arkansas Pine-Bluff 14-1. The weekend series would bring in Maine. Due to the inclement weather that was projected for Saturday, Friday would be an iron man contest with a doubleheader. MSU would take both matches with victories (9-2, 5-1). After the day off Saturday, State would close the series with a neck to neck 9-8 victory for the sweep. The Bulldogs set at 15-1 on the season so far. Upcoming will be a Wednesday matchup against Grambling followed by an SEC opening series in Gainesville versus the Florida Gators.