January 16, 2011

Auburn preview

Today will be a milestone at Humphrey Coliseum as Mississippi State takes the floor for the 500th time in the buildings history dating back to Dec. 1, 1975.

The Bulldogs will take on SEC West foe Auburn at 2 p.m. on a rare Sunday showdown.

MSU holds a 361-138 all-time record in the friendly confines of the facility affectionately known as the Hump. Today former coach Kermit Davis will serve as the honorary captain after coaching the Bulldogs from 1971-77 and won the first ever game in the building 85-82 over Indiana State.

Auburn holds a slight edge in the series against the Bulldogs with a 70-63 advantage. The Tigers have won three of the last four meetings but the Bulldogs have claimed 14 of the last 19 contests. The two teams spit last season's matchups with State winning 85-75 in overtime at home before falling on the road 89-80.

Mississippi State is coming off its first conference win Thursday night downing rival Ole Miss 69-64 on the road. The victory snapped a three-game losing streak and put the Bulldogs back in the win column with a 9-7 overall record and 1-1 in league action.

Rick Stansbury's squad is shooting 41.5-percent and averaging 68.2 points per game. MSU is knocking down 33.3-percent from the outside and 69.9-percent from the charity stripe. Their opponents are shooting 41.7-percent from the field and putting up 69.2 points against them this season.

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