It’s a date!
Mississippi rivals Ole Miss and Mississippi State will play for the third time this season in Thursday’s late game at the SEC tournament.
The matchup became official minutes ago when the Bulldogs snapped a 13-game losing streak with an 82-68 win over Vanderbilt.
It will be the first neutral-court meeting between the Bulldogs and Rebels since 2003, when the Bulldogs won 73-64 in an SEC tourney game in New Orleans.
Ole Miss and MSU each won their home games this season. The Bulldogs won 76-72 in Starkville on Jan. 11. The Rebels won 82-63 in Oxford on Jan. 25.
The X factor here will be Marshall Henderson. The Rebels missed his 19 points-per-game average while losing by four on the road as Henderson sat out one of the two SEC games of his three-game suspension.
Henderson had 19 points, four assists and four steals in Oxford. However, he was just 2-for-12 from 3-point range. He was 5-for-5 from inside the arc and finished 7-for-17 from the floor.
Jarvis Summers also had 19 points, and LaDarius White added 11.
The Oxford game had the added intrigue of Rick Ray’s inappropriate comments to Henderson caught on camera as Henderson was leaving the floor. Ray quickly apologized after the game.
Summers had 23 points against MSU in Starkville. White had 16 and Derrick Millinghaus 15.