The 21-1 Bulldogs host SEC West rival Alabama on Saturday afternoon at sold-out Humphrey Coliseum. With two more road wins last week, MSU remains undefeated in 10 road decisions this year to match the school's all-time, single-season standard for most road victories. MSU's six SEC road wins this year match the composite total of league road victories achieved by the Bulldogs over the past three seasons combined. This year's 10-1 State squad is also looking to challenge the school's current record of 13 SEC wins in a single season. The Bulldogs' best 16-game league mark since the SEC went to divisional play is currently 12-4 by the NCAA Sweet 16-bound 1994-95 MSU ballclub. Undefeated at home (5-0) against Alabama during the Rick Stansbury era (since 1998-99), the Bulldogs have prevailed in the last five State-Bama meetings in Starkville by an average margin of 16.6 points per contest. Lawrence Roberts is a national finalist for the Wooden, Naismith and Rupp Player of the Year Awards. Timmy Bowers is one of 16 finalists for the inaugural Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award. Both players were also recently named to the NABC All-District 6 Team.
ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE
Alabama returns to SEC Western Division play at the West's leader, Mississippi State, in a game that will be televised by CBS at 3 p.m. Saturday. The No. 5 Bulldogs are the sixth ranked team Alabama has faced this season. Alabama lost to Vanderbilt, 70-67, this after trailing the Commodores 30-9 with 9:01 remaining in the first half. Alabama came back in the second half and would tie it up at 60-60 with 4:38 remaining but could not overtake Vanderbilt which was fueled by Matt Freije's 32 points. Alabama made .833% of its free throws in that game marking the seventh time this season it has shot .800 percent or better at the line. Kennedy Winston was voted 2nd Team All-District 6 by the NABC. Winston leads the Tide in scoring with his 16.1 points a game. In his last five games, sophomore Chuck Davis is shooting .613% from the field, having made 19 of 31. Alabama leads the SEC in 3-point Field Goal Percentages with 148 of 389 for .380%. Alabama's eight 3-point shots made in the Vanderbilt game marked the 21st time out of 22 games this season that it has made four or more 3-point shots.