Two squads look to get back in the win column on Wednesday as Mississippi State travels to Texas A&M for a showdown in the Lone Star State. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. CT at Reed Arena in College Station, with Dave Baker and Barry Booker providing courtside analysis.
Both teams enter the contest on losing streaks, as the Bulldogs (13-8, 3-5) have dropped three-straight while the Aggies (12-9, 3-5) have lost five in a row. Texas A&M’s skid began in Starkville last month, where MSU rallied to claim an 81-72 overtime win at Humphrey Coliseum.
Rick Ray’s squad fell 55-49 at Vanderbilt on Saturday despite Fred Thomas scoring a team-high 16 points, including his team’s first 10.
Craig Sword and Gavin Ware turned in big performances in the victory with 23 and 22 points, respectively. Ware also grabbed 10 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the season.
Sword paces the Bulldogs on the season with a 13.4 scoring clip while also averaging 2.1 steals per game. Ware is second on the team with 10.7 points a game and ranks fourth in the SEC with 7.9 rebounds per outing.
The Aggies look to bounce back after a pair of double-digit losses on the road last week. Texas A&M dropped an 80-52 decision at South Carolina last Wednesday and fell 69-36 at No. 3 Florida on Sunday.
Jamal Jones leads the Aggies with 11.4 points a game. Alex Caruso is the conference’s leader in assists with 4.6 per outing.
MSU leads the all-time series 3-2, though the schools have never played in College Station. A win would give the Bulldogs their fourth SEC win this season, matching last year’s total.
Following Wednesday’s clash, the Bulldogs will return home to face No. 18 Kentucky on Saturday. The 12:30 p.m. CT tilt will be televised by SEC TV.