By John L. Pitts | NEMS Daily Journal
Both No. 20 Mississippi State and Ole Miss confront quick turnarounds with home games in men’s basketball today after playing in Starkville on Thursday.
Mississippi State is home against Georgia for a 12:30 p.m. tipoff on the SEC Network, which will be shown locally on WCBI. Ole Miss is home against Auburn in a 6 p.m. game on Fox Sports Net.
Thursday night in Starkville, Mississippi State beat Ole Miss 70-60 to split the season series. MSU is 9-1 at home this season.
MSU’s Bulldogs (19-5, 6-3 SEC) have won 4 of their last 5 and appear headed for a bye in the SEC Tournament and an NCAA Tournament trip. Georgia (11-12, 2-7) is coming off a 22-point win at home against Arkansas.
This is the second time this season Mississippi State has faced a quick turnaround from a Thursday game. In January, the Bulldogs beat Tennessee and Alabama in a three-day span.
“It is a challenge but it is part of the league and some have to do it more than others,” MSU coach Rick Stansbury said earlier this week. “Thank goodness we are at home on Saturday versus being on the road Saturday.”
Ole Miss followed a Thursday loss to Florida with a win over South Carolina at the end of January. Overall, SEC teams are 4-4 in Saturday games after playing on Thursday night.
The Rebels (14-9, 4-5) have lost 3 of 4. Auburn (13-11, 3-7) has lost 4 of its last 5.
Ole Miss faces a tough week ahead, with a Thursday visit from Vanderbilt quickly followed by a trip to No. 1-ranked Kentucky on Saturday, Feb. 18.
After today, both the Bulldogs and Rebels have six regular-season games remaining.
The SEC Tournament is March 8-11 in New Orleans.
Contributing: Brad Locke