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Mississippi State men’s basketball looks for senior night win over No. 6 Alabama

Tip time is set for 5 p.m. CT

Austin Perryman/MSU Athletics

STARKVILLE, Miss. — The Mississippi State men’s basketball team hosts No. 6 Alabama Saturday evening inside Humphrey Coliseum for senior night. Tip time is set for 5 p.m. CT and will air on SEC Network.

Prior to the game, MSU will honor forward Abdul Ado and forward Jalen Johnson in addition to its senior student managers.

The Bulldogs (13-11, 7-8 SEC) are on a two-game winning streak with wins over Ole Miss (66-56) and South Carolina (69-48). In Wednesday’s win over the Gamecocks, redshirt sophomore guard D.J. Stewart Jr. led MSU with 15 points and five assists, while Ado joined him in double figures with 11 points. He also recorded eight rebounds and three blocks.

Redshirt sophomore forward Tolu Smith added nine points and 13 rebounds. Sophomore guard Iverson Molinar also chipped in nine points.

Stewart leads MSU in scoring with an average of 16.6 points per game, while Molinar is second with 16.5 per game. Smith is averaging 12.6 points and a team-high 8.5 rebounds.

A victory over the Crimson Tide (18-6, 13-2 SEC) would be MSU’s first over a top-10 opponent since a 54-45 win over then-No. 5 Oklahoma on Dec. 28, 2002.

Alabama is still trying to lock up at least a share of the Southeastern Conference regular-season title. The Crimson Tide can clinch outright with a win or an Arkansas loss. It would the first league championship since 2002 for the Crimson Tide.

Alabama is coming in off an 81-66 road loss to No. 20 Arkansas on Wednesday.

The Crimson Tide has made 10.9 3-pointers per game this season, which is third-most among Division I teams. Alabama is led by sophomore guard Jaden Shackelford with 14.1 points per game. Senior guard John Petty Jr. is second on the team with 13.0 points, while sophomore guard Jahvon Quinerly and senior forward Herbert Jones follow with 11.8 and 11.4, respectively.

Saturday’s meeting is the 205th for the programs on the hardwood. The Crimson Tide owns a 127-77 series advantage. The home team has won the last eight meetings in the series dating back to the 2016-17 season. Earlier this season, Alabama defeated MSU 81-73 behind 14 3-pointers.