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Game 23: Vanderbilt Commodores at Mississippi State Bulldogs — Open Game Thread

Vanderbilt looks to make it two in a row.

NCAA Basketball: Louisiana State at Vanderbilt Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

9-13 (1-8)
NR (Coaches)
176 (KenPom)

February 8, 2020
7:30 PM CT
SEC Network
Radio: WLAC 1510 AM / WNRQ 98.3 FM(Affiliates)

14-8 (5-4)
NR (Coaches)
38 (KenPom)

Yep. Do you see that “1” in Vanderbilt’s record? The Vanderbilt Commodores are coming off their first SEC win since 2018, and they’ll look to extend the streak (the good kind of streak) to two games as they head to beautiful Starkville, Mississippi, to take on the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

This will be an uphill battle: Vanderbilt is a 16-point underdog and Mississippi State had won five of six prior to a loss at Rupp Arena on Tuesday night. And unlike baseball, we don’t have an infinite number of scholarships to Mississippi State’s 11.7. On the other hand, we no longer have to answer the question of “when will the losing end?” The losing ended on Wednesday night.

Pregame reading:

SI: Vanderbilt Quick Hitter: Mississippi State Edition

Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal: Bulldogs wary as Vanderbilt visits tonight

Starkville Daily News: Taking nothing for granted: Vanderbilt has Mississippi State’s attention