STARKVILLE – Mississippi State is one of only four NCAA programs with undefeated teams in both men’s and women’s basketball.
Both of the Bulldogs’ teams will be on display at Humphrey Coliseum today in a doubleheader. MSU’s women’s team welcomes Oklahoma State at 1 p.m. followed by its men host Dayton at 7 p.m.
Each of the games will be televised on SEC Network.
“This is another big test for our team,” said MSU men’s coach Ben Howland. “Dayton has experience, and they know what it’s like to be in big games. They have a lot of tradition and know what it takes to get to the NCAA Tournament. We are excited to play a program at home like Dayton.”
Mississippi State’s men’s basketball team is off to its best start in 14 years at 6-0.
The Bulldogs have five players averaging in double figures this season led by Starkville native Tyson Carter at 15 points per game. Fellow sophomore guard Lamar Peters will also return to the floor today after serving a three-game suspension for a violation of team rules.
Dayton is 3-3 this season and are coming off a 73-60 home loss to Auburn on Wednesday. The Flyers are led by former Alabama head coach Anthony Grant and are paced in scoring by senior guard Darrell Davis averaging 19.7 points.
Tonight marks the second meeting between the two with State edging a 56-54 win at the 1975 Dayton Invitational.
Vic Schaefer’s sixth-ranked Bulldogs host Oklahoma State as part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge.
MSU (7-0) is working on a 29-game winning streak in non-conference games during the regular season.
Senior guard Victoria Vivians tops the Bulldogs, averaging 18.4 points.
Today will be a memorable one for Mississippi State’s Roshunda Johnson. The senior guard played her first two seasons at Oklahoma State where she started 37 of 64 games averaging 8.4 points and was named to the Big 12 All-Freshman team.
The Cowgirls are 6-1 and coming off a 94-66 win over Southern on Thursday. OSU’s lone loss was to Tennessee 79-69. Senior guard Loryn Goodwin leads the team averaging 18.9 points.
The two teams have only met once, with the Cowgirls winning 78-71 as part of the 2011 Peppermill Holiday Classic in Reno, Nevada.