For the first time in 15 years, Mississippi State and Southern Miss will meet in basketball.
The Golden Eagles (3-5) face the Bulldogs at 8 p.m. Monday at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson. ESPNU will televise the rare hoops meeting between in-state Division I schools.
MSU (6-3) holds a commanding 14-4 series lead. The two last met in round one of the 2001 NIT Tournament, won by the Bulldogs at Humphrey Coliseum. The last regular-season meeting came in 1995.
But the Golden Eagles have won two of three games when the teams played in Jackson. Southern Miss won 68-53 in 1980 at the Mississippi Coliseum. MSU won in 1963, Southern Miss was victorious the next year.
The Bulldogs’ starting lineup features five double-digit scorers. Sophomore Quinndary Weatherspoon is averaging a team-leading 17 points a game for the Bulldogs. Sophomore Aric Holman is at 11.2 points and six rebounds. Senior point guard J.J. Ready is at 10.8 points and five assists a game. Freshman guards Mario Kegler and Tyson Carter are at 10.3 and10.2 points, respectively.
Southern Miss has two double-digit scorers: Quinton Campbell (11.9 points) and Tim Rowe (10.8 points).
Southern Miss vs. Mississippi State
When: 8 p.m. Monday
Where: Mississippi Coliseum, Jackson