In-State Rivalry Renewed As Rebels Battle Bulldogs In SEC Matchup

Jan. 26, 2001

Mississippi looks to snap a three-game losing streak against intrastate rival Mississippi State as the SEC rivals face off at Humphrey Coliseum on Saturday.

The 19th-ranked Rebels (15-3, 3-2) have struggled against the Bulldogs (10-6, 1-4) of late, and have always had a tough time winning at Humphrey Coliseum. Mississippi State boasts an 80-23 all-time home record against Mississippi.

Jason Harrison scored 16 points, including two big 3-pointers during a decisive second-half run, to lead the Rebels to a 65-55 win over Kentucky on Saturday.

Mississippi had lost two straight.

Harrison hit a career-high four 3-pointers Saturday. In five conference games, Harrison is hitting 64.3 percent (9-of-14) from the beyond the arc.

The Rebels continue to play solid defense this season, having held Kentucky to 38 percent from the field in Saturday's victory. Mississippi is limiting its opponents to an average of 62.8 points per game, tops in the SEC, and has held seven opponents under 60 points.

Saturday's game will feature a matchup of two of the conference's top post players in Mississippi's Rahim Lockhard and Mississippi State's Robert Jackson. Lockhard leads the Rebels with 13.1 points and 8.8 rebounds per contest, while Jackson averages 12.8 points and a team-leading 8.8 boards.

Losers of two straight and four of their last five, the Bulldogs are coming off an 82-73 loss to LSU on Wednesday.

Mississippi State has lost four straight SEC games since beating Arkansas in its conference opener.

Antonio Jackson leads the Bulldogs with 13.9 points and 4.3 assists per outing.

The Bulldogs lead the all-time series, 121-99.

 

 

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