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No. 9 Mississippi State vs Ole Miss Women’s Basketball Preview

After a strong fourth quarter to beat Vanderbilt, the Bulldogs return home to face their arch rival.

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Broadcast Information

The game is at 4 p.m. CT and can be watched on the SEC Network.

What to Watch For

Rickea Jackson setting the tone

Though Jackson was relatively held in check against the Commodores, she should feed off the home crowd and score the ball sooner rather than later. As seen throughout the season, Jackson is the key to the Bulldogs offense. Averaging 13.1 points per game, look for her to be in double figures tonight. While she is not a three point shooter, Jackson may attempt a few to catch the rebels off guard.

If able to get on a roll early, Jackson can be a game changer. That said, she must take advantage of opportunities at the line, an area in which the Bulldogs have improved. Expect an offensive explosion from Jackson that includes multiple trips to the line.

A potential switch to zone defense

As Vic Schaefer switched from man to zone in Thursday’s matchup, a move he does not make often, the Bulldogs dominated the fourth quarter. Not only did the Bulldogs dominate, but the looked more comfortable and in sync. Do not be surprised if Schaefer has the team in zone to start the game.

While this year’s team is still finding its way, zone defense could be a key to further success. With Myah Taylor, Jessika Carter, Xaria Wiggins and Jordan Danberry as primary defensive weapons, each and more should continue to flourish while in a zone scheme.

Prediction

Mississippi State handles Ole Miss 91 - 79