Mississippi State vs. Kentucky - 2/9/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Anriel Howard Teaira Mc Cowan and Jordan Danberry celebrate a big play during the Bulldogs win Sunday

They've also won 32 straight at home with the last loss coming to Tennessee in 2017, which is their only loss against the Lady Volunteers in the last six tries. Tennessee went on a six-game losing streak and five of those were SEC games. Last Sunday, State prevailed by 16 at Alabama, 65-49. The Wildcats put on an absolute clinic against SC on Tuesday night, rolling to a 76-48 win while playing killer defense.

MSU coach Vic Schaefer was rocking a pink tie and pink sneakers, while his Bulldogs rocked Tennessee.

Mississippi State is 16-7, 4-6 in the SEC. In four SEC home contests, MSU is winning by a score of 83.4 to 66.3 (+17.1). The Bulldogs won 91-63 - handing Tennessee its worst SEC loss - and showed they are in the mix of teams that could be headed to Tampa, Florida, in April.

Roy Philpott (play-by-play) and Brooke Weisbrod (analyst) are on the call for ESPN. Links to the streams can be found here.

It's just the fifth time the Bulldogs have defeated the Lady Vols. The game will be available for streaming on SECN+.

This marks the 42nd meeting between the Lady Vols and MSU, with UT possessing a 37-4 record in the series. "They're a really fine basketball team with a lot of young kids". Over their last nine games, Kentucky has held opponents to an average of 58 points per game.

The Lady Vols were unable to defend their home court last season, falling, 71-52, on January 21.

The teams kept it close through the first seven minutes, but the Bulldogs closed out the quarter with a 9-2 run to take a 25-17 lead into the second period.

The way the Bulldogs looked Sunday, especially with their 30-point fourth quarter, it's clear they can play with anyone.

The game got off to a fast start offensively with both teams scoring on their first two possessions.

UT's 48 points in the 2016 SEC tourney became UT's lowest scoring total in the series. The Lady Vols came back with six straight to pull within three. Senior Jordan Danberry, who transferred to Mississippi State from Arkansas, averaged just 2.8 points and 9.6 minutes last season for the Bulldogs while playing behind then-seniors Victoria Vivians, Roshunda Johnson, Blair Schaefer and Morgan William.

But Tennessee unloaded on them with, as Schaefer recalled it, "the WNBA version of the Lady Vols", winning 82-64. MSU won 71-52 last season in Knoxville, Tennessee, but the Lady Vols, who lead the series 37-4, earned an 82-64 victory against the Bulldogs in the regular-season finale on February 26, 2017, in Starkville.

Calipari wasn't happy with the way his team had played during games with early tipoffs this season, so at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, barely four hours before the noon tipoff, he brought his team to Humphrey Coliseum for a shootaround.

Jackson had suffered a performance lull as well after hitting double figures in 10 of her first 13 games, including a 27-point effort at Auburn. Well, they waited until the fourth quarter to do that here.

Rennia Davis had 29 points on 13-of-22 shooting and scored 18 of those points in the first half. Howard added 11 rebounds to claim a double-double on the afternoon. Freshman Meme Collins also found her way into double digits for Tennessee with 10 points, eight of which came in the fourth quarter.



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