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No. 6 Mississippi State at Ole Miss Women’s Basketball Preview

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The Bulldogs have returned to dominant form, as they take their talents to Oxford for a showdown with the arch-rival Rebels.

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Broadcast Information

The game is at 7:00 PM and can be watched on the SEC Network.

Records and Rankings

Mississippi State:

  • Record: 23-2 overall, 11-1 SEC
  • Rankings: 6 AP/ 6 Coaches

Ole Miss:

  • Record: 9-17 overall, 3-9 SEC
  • Rankings: None

What to Watch For

Teaira McCowan taking over

While McCowan has still been a walking double double, it has been a minute since she has posted monstrous numbers. Given that this is a rivalry game, look for McCowan to take over from the opening tip and impose her will early. McCowan can put up 20 and 20 in her sleep, as this matchup is the perfect opportunity.

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The 6’7” senior center knows what time it is, as she has become one of the team’s primary faces. She is a force down low, as her averages of 17.2 points and 13.7 rebounds speak for themselves. Look for McCowan to perhaps have her best game of the year.

Jazzmun Holmes as a spark plug

Though Holmes may not be a pure scorer, she can do it all. That said, she is usually, like McCowan at her best in rivalry games or in primetime. In this case, Holmes should take advantage of a rivalry on the road. Furthermore, she should fill the stat line in hopes of making a statement in Oxford.

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Holmes, also a senior has been around long enough to know the priority. She is averaging 7.8 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 5.2 assists along with five blocks and 48 steals on the year. Holmes makes her teammates better and galvanizes them when in need of a spark. Expect big things from Holmes who should also have herself a game.

Look for McCowan and Holmes to lead Mississippi State to 24-2 and further put the nation on notice that the loss to Mizzou was nothing but an aberration.

Prediction

Mississippi State rolls 91-72