"There's no question Vanderbilt is one of the more difficult places to play in the country," said 14th-year MSU coach Rick Stansbury, who is 10-8 all-time against the Commodores. "That setup makes it very difficult, but you know that going in. But more than the setup is the fact Vanderbilt is a very good team. It's going to be challenge."
The Commodores enter the contest sporting a 14-4 overall ledger, including a 4-0 mark in SEC play. Vanderbilt is also enjoying an eight-game winning streak following its convincing 69-59 win at Alabama on Thursday.
It's an experienced team led by junior guard John Jenkins, who leads the SEC with his 19.8 scoring clip, followed by senior forward Jeffery Taylor at 16.9.
In fact, this game features four of the league's Top 5 scorers, as MSU junior forward Arnett Moultrie is fourth at 16.1, while senior All-SEC guard Dee Bost is fifth at 16.0. Moultrie also leads the league in rebounding at 11.0 boards, while his 10 double-doubles are tied for the most.
"We just got to bounce back," said Bost, who is first in the SEC in minutes played (34.2), second in steals (2.2) and fourth in assists (4.4). "We didn't have one of our better games at Ole Miss, and now it's time to redeem ourselves."
The Bulldogs (15-4, 2-2) have dropped two-straight to Vanderbilt and three in a row in Memorial Gymnasium. Their last win there came in2004 (72-69) after claiming a 66-43 in 2002.
After Saturday, MSU returns to Humphrey Coliseum on Wednesday against LSU at 7 p.m.