By Adam Brown
The Ole Miss Rebels basketball team travels to Humphrey Coliseum on Saturday to face the No. 14 Mississippi State Bulldogs. Tip-off is set for noon on CBS.
Ole Miss (12-2, 2-0) faces top 15 teams in back-to-back games for the first time since the 2005-06 season. The Rebels are coming off of an 82-67 victory over No.11 Auburn on Wednesday night.
Senior Terence Davis led the way in scoring for the Rebels with 27 points and 12 rebounds in the win.
The Rebels are the only team in the country to rank top 25 in field goal percentage (13th-50.2 percent), free throw percentage (16th-76.1 percent) and rebounding margin (25th-+7.1).
MSU enters Saturday’s rivalry contest with a 12-2 record following an overtime road loss at South Carolina to begin SEC play. Four Bulldogs average double figures led by Quinndary “Q” Weatherspoon at 17.1 ppg. Lamar Peters averages 13.4 ppg as a dangerous shooter from long range, making 3.1 three-pointers per game at a 42.2 percent clip. Along with averaging 13.0 ppg, Aric Holman has 2.6 blocks per game to rank 11th nationally.
Ben Howland is in his fourth season as MSU’s head coach. His 23rd season as a head coach, Howland’s previous stops include Northern Arizona (1995-99), Pittsburgh (2000-03) and UCLA (2004-13).
The Bulldogs are Ole Miss’ most-played opponent, having met 258 times on the hardwood, which is also the SEC’s most-played rivalry. Mississippi State holds a 143-115 lead in the series, which began in 1914, but the Rebels have won eight of the last 10 matchups, the best streak against the Bulldogs since winning eight straight from 1980-83. During the stretch, Ole Miss has averaged 77.4 ppg while only giving up 70.8 ppg. The Rebels have won two of the past four meetings in Starkville.
Ole Miss and Mississippi State split the series last season with each team winning on its home floor.
Fans not traveling to Starkville can watch all the action on CBS or listen to the call on the Ole Miss Radio Network.