Mississippi State will go for its eighth consecutive win inside Humphrey Coliseum tonight in its first television appearance of the season.
The Bulldogs host TCU at 6 p.m. as part of the SEC-Big 12 Challenge on ESPNU.
The last two MSU victories have certainly been narrow enough claiming a 58-56 win over Jackson State last Wednesday and 65-64 in overtime against Loyola on Sunday. The Bulldogs are 5-1 on the year with their lone loss coming on the road to Utah State.
Tonight will mark the third meeting between State and the Horned Frogs on the hardwood with the series tied 1-1. The Bulldogs won the last meeting 64-60 in Starkville March 9, 1990.
The Bulldogs are 12-12 all-time against the teams that currently comprise the Big 12. a
Rick Ray’s squad enters tonight’s outing shooting 46.3-percent from the field and scoring 72.3 points. Mississippi State has drained 31.9-percent of its outside shots and 64.2-percent from the free throw line. The Bulldogs have out-rebounded their opponents by 2.2 per game allowing 65 points on 43.8-percent shooting.
Sophomore shooting guard Craig Sword leads MSU with 12.7 points. Sword is the reigning SEC Co-Player of the Week after scoring 12 and 24 points in his last two games respectively and hitting the game-winning shots in both. He is accompanied in the backcourt by sophomore wing Fred Thomas averaging nine points and junior point guard Trivante Bloodman chipping in six.
Sophomore center Gavin Ware is putting up 11.7 points and pulling down 9.7 rebounds (3rd SEC) while senior forward Colin Borchert is adding 10.5 points and grabbing three boards.
TCU is 4-3 on the year but have won four of its last five and are 2-0 on the road this season. The Horned Frogs are coming off a 2-1 showing in the Great Alaskan Shootout last week falling 71-50 to Harvard in the finals on Saturday.
TCU is led by former LSU head coach Trent Johnson and are averaging 67.1 points on 42.7-percent shooting. The Horned Frogs knock down 33-percent from 3-point range and 70.9-percent from the charity stripe. Their opposition is shooting 42.6-percent against them and scoring 69 points.
Senior forward Jarvis Ray (6-6, 195) leads TCU with 13.4 points and 3.7 boards. Freshman forward Brandon Parrish (6-6, 185) is adding 9.6 points and 3.1 rebounds.
Junior guard Kyan Anderson (5-11, 175) paces the backcourt with 13.3 points and is coming off a career-best 20-point outing against Harvard. Sophomore guard Christian Gore (6-2, 175) is contributing 6.9 points.
Freshman center Karviar Shepherd (6-10, 225) is averaging seven points and 8.1 rebounds.
Tonight’s game will be called by the broadcast team of Tom Hart and Carolyn Peck.