STARKVILLE, Miss. — The Mississippi State men’s basketball team will play its first Southeastern Conference home game in 22 days when it hosts the LSU Tigers on Wednesday at Humphrey Coliseum. The game is set to tip off at 8 p.m. CT and will air on ESPNU.
The Bulldogs (11-9, 5-6 SEC) came away with a 75-59 road win against South Carolina on Saturday. Redshirt sophomore guard D.J. Stewart Jr. had a game-high 29 points, while sophomore guard Iverson Molinar had 16 points, four assists and four rebounds. Redshirt sophomore forward Tolu Smith added nine points and eight rebounds.
Stewart leads MSU in scoring with an average of 17.7 points per game, while Molinar is second with 16.8 per game. Smith is averaging 12.7 points and a conference-high 8.4 rebounds.
The Tigers (11-6, 6-4 SEC) were scheduled to play Florida on Saturday, but COVID-19 issues within the Florida program postponed that game. LSU fell to then-No. 10 Alabama by a 78-60 margin last Wednesday.
LSU is led by the SEC’s top scoring trio in freshman guard Cameron Thomas (22.3), sophomore forward Trendon Watford (16.8) and junior guard Javonte Smart (15.4). Junior forward Darius Days, who did not play at Alabama due to injury, averages 12.1 points and a team-high 7.9 rebounds. LSU head coach Will Wade said there is a chance he could play in Wednesday’s game.
Wednesday’s meeting will be the 215th in the all-time series on the hardwood. LSU holds a 112-102 edge. The two teams have split the previous eight meetings during the Ben Howland era, but the Tigers have won three of the last four games. MSU owns a 60-39 edge in games played in Starkville.