The most-played rivalry in the Southeastern Conference will write another chapter with Ole Miss and Mississippi State tipping off in Starkville.
Ole Miss (6-6, 1-4 SEC) have not scored a win on the road in SEC play while Mississippi State (9-5, 4-2 SEC) have a 2-2 mark at home in conference play. The Bulldogs most recently edged Florida by three in Starkville as the Rebels dropped a home court loss to Georgia by four points.
Iverson Molinar and DJ Stewart Jr. lead MSU at guard with more than 17 and 13 points per game respectively. Forward Tolu Smith has come on strong of late, however, dropping 27 against Florida and scoring in double digits in three of the last four games.
Senior guard Devontae Shuler had his best game of the season against Georgia, scoring 24 points with eight assists though it was in a losing effort. Shuler continues to lead the team in scoring with more than 14 points per game, though it seems like the pressure has gotten to him at times and he has stumbled at times in SEC play (scoring two vs. LSU and seven vs. Auburn).
Transfer guard Jarkel Joiner finally had a breakout game against Georgia as he chipped in 22 points in the effort, so another performance like that versus an in-state rival could be a trend to give the Rebels some offensive momentum.
Ultimately, the Rebels are a two-point underdog on the road, and I’m not sure I would wager any sum of money on a Mississippi State-Ole Miss sporting event ever. It’s obviously a rivalry, and these teams have split the last six meetings against each other. Let’s just tip it off and enjoy the ride.
Line: Ole Miss +2
How to watch
Where: Humphrey Coliseum, Starkville, Miss.
When: 8:00pm CDT
TV: SEC Network
Online streaming: WatchESPN