ULL, who was rated among the nation's top 75 before dropping a pair of road contests over the weekend, will come into Thursday's match at 4-2 overall. The Ragin' Cajuns began the season 4-0 in four home matches.
State holds a 15-10 advantage over ULL in the series, 13-2 in Starkville. MSU took a 7-0 win on the MSU campus last season. The Ragin' Cajuns are one of only three non-conference teams to have registered a win over State in Starkville in its last 54 non-league matches. ULL, then ranked 48th, upset the third-ranked Bulldogs 4-3 in 1999.
"Louisiana-Lafayette is always a dangerous team to play and that is true again this year," MSU head coach Sylvain Guichard said. "They have some talented players that can play with anybody in the country. We will have to be well-prepared."
Fans can watch live updates of Thursday's match, as well as all of MSU's 2002 home contests, on State's official athletic site, www.mstateathletics.com.
Following Thursday's contest, State will conclude its current homestand next Wednesday, February 27th, hosting 25th-ranked Middle Tennessee at 2 p.m. The Bulldogs will then open their 2002 Southeastern Conference slate during the first weekend of March on the road at No. 31 South Carolina and No. 28 Florida.