March 3, 2010

Auburn Preview

Mississippi State is hoping to spoil a historic night on the Plains.

The Bulldogs will travel to Auburn tonight for the Tigers senior night as they also play for the final time at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum so there will no doubt be plenty of emotion in the air as the ball is tipped at 7 p.m.

Tonight will be the third time MSU has closed down an arena having previously played the final game in South Carolina's Carolina Coliseum and also Kentucky's Memorial Coliseum.

The Tigers hold the series lead 69-63 but State won their earlier matchup in Starkville on Feb. 13 85-75 in overtime. Auburn is 41-22 all-time against the Bulldogs on the Plains including last season's 91-76 defeat. The two teams have split their last 10 outings.

Mississippi State comes into tonight's contest with a 21-8 overall record and have clinched at least a share of the Southeastern Conference Western Division title with a 9-5 league mark. The Bulldogs will also have the No. 1 seed and a first round bye in the SEC Tournament.

MSU is shooting 43.5-percent from the field and averaging 73 points per game. The Bulldogs are third in the conference shooting 36.2-percent from the outside and make a league best 9.07 shots from the outside an outing. They also continue to top the Southeastern Conference in most defensive categories including scoring defense (63.2), field goal defense (37.6%), blocked shots (7.9), defensive rebounds (29.28) and defensive rebounding percentage (70.3%).

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