News from MSU Media Relations--January 20

The latest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...Men's Basketball and Men's Tennis.

Men's Basketball
STARKVILLE, Miss. - With five-consecutive wins under its belt, including three straight in SEC play, Mississippi State travels to LSU on Wednesday with first place in the Western Division on the line.

Tipoff at Pete Maravich Assembly Center is set for 7 p.m.

The Bulldogs (13-5, 3-0), one of three teams undefeated in league play, are currently one game up on the Tigers (14-3, 2-1) in the division.

MSU, already with one road win in SEC play to its credit, has won the last two times it's visited LSU. In fact, State has dominated this series in recent years, winning the last four outings overall and 23 of the last 32. Last year at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center, the Bulldogs claimed an impressive 61-39 victory that featured 10 blocked shots by Jarvis Varnado.

The Tigers, who were picked to win the West back in October, are under the direction of first-year coach Trent Johnson and are coming off a convincing 83-51 victory at Ole Miss on Saturday.

State swelled its winning streak to five thanks to a 73-66 win against the Commodores, marking a school record 90th SEC win for 11th-year coach Rick Stansbury. The previous record of 89 was held by his predecessor, Richard Williams.

After Wednesday, the Bulldogs continue their road swing at Georgia on Saturday in a 5 p.m. game televised by ESPN2. MSU doesn't play at home again until Jan. 31 when arch-rival Ole Miss pays a visit to Humphrey Coliseum.

Men's Tennis
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Mississippi State men's tennis team added two new players to their roster for the upcoming season with the arrivals of Louis Cant and Artem Ilyushin.

"We are extremely excited that Louis Cant and Artem Ilyushin have joined our team. They are going to make an immediate impact in our conference," said Head Coach Per Nilsson. "We feel like they were both top recruits and it is a great feeling to bring them both to Mississippi State."

Cant, a native of Brugge, Belgium, comes to Mississippi State after a prep career at Sint-Lodewijks High School. Cant spent his amateur career in Europe, ranked as one of the top junior players in Belgium and left for Mississippi State's campus ranked as the 26th best men's player in Belgium. The right hander is the son of Piet Cant and Agnes Goegebeur.

Ilyushin comes to Starkville by way of Granite Bay, Calif., consistently ranked as one of the top-10 junior players in the United States and reached as high as 86th in the world junior rankings. Prior to coming to State, Ilyushin was ranked third in the country by Ilyushin is the son of Oleg and Anzhelika Ilyushin and is majoring in business.

Cant and Ilyushin will join the rest of the Bulldog netmen in Los Angeles, Calif., as dual match competition begins at the National Team Indoor Championships on Jan. 30.

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