Vanderbilt preview

Victoria Vivians leads all SEC freshmen averaging 14.3 points per game.  (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Victoria Vivians leads all SEC freshmen averaging 14.3 points per game. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Following back-to-back road wins, No. 18 Mississippi State returns home on Thursday for a clash with Vanderbilt.

Tip at Humphrey Coliseum is set for 7 p.m. on SEC Network +, with Bart Gregory and Charlie Winfield on the call. Fans can listen to the radio broadcast with Jason Crowder on WKBB-FM 100.9 in the Golden Triangle and WXWX-FM 96.3 in Tupelo. HailStatePLUS subscribers have access to the live audio stream at www.hailstate.com.

Tickets for the contest are $5 for adults and free for youth high school age and under. MSU students also get in free with a valid student ID.

Thursday’s tilt will be a “White Out” game, and all fans are encouraged to wear white. The first 500 students in attendance will receive a free t-shirt, and free pizza will be available for all students while supplies last.

Vic Schaefer‘s squad upped its record to 21-2 overall and 6-2 in SEC play with a 59-48 win at Auburn on Monday, continuing to build on the best start in program history. State’s league mark is also the best in program annals.

Freshman Victoria Vivians led the way against Auburn with her fourth double-double of the season, adding 19 points and 10 rebounds. Senior Martha Alwal tallied 15 points and eight rebounds while blocking three shots to take sixth place on the SEC career chart with 298.

Vivians leads all conference rookies and is sixth overall with 14.3 points per game. Breanna Richardson paces MSU with an 11.0 clip in league play. Richardson tallied 15 points at Auburn, giving her double figures in seven of the last 10 games.

The Commodores enter the matchup 12-8 overall and 3-4 mark in conference action after earning a 55-52 win at Alabama on Sunday. Rebekah Dahlman leads Vandy with 9.9 points an outing, while Morgan Batey paces Melanie Balcomb’s squad on the boards with a 5.7 rebounding average.

Mississippi State looks for a measure of payback Thursday, as Vanderbilt handed the Bulldogs their first loss of the year on Jan. 11 in Nashville. Batey led the Commodores with 18 points and 10 boards in the 78-62 upset victory, while Richardson added 16 points and 11 rebounds for MSU.

Vandy holds a 36-15 lead in the all-time series, but 11 of Mississippi State’s wins have come in Starkville. MSU claimed a 64-62 over the No. 16 Commodores last season in the most recent showdown at Humphrey Coliseum.

After Thursday’s game, the Bulldogs head to Knoxville to face No. 6 Tennessee in a 2 p.m. CT matchup on the SEC Network.

(From MSU Media Relations)

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