Saturday Bulldog Tournament Notebook

Mississippi State and Vanderbilt have met eleven times in SEC Tournaments. That is tied with Georgia for State's most-frequent foe in the league event. The Commodores have the better of the post-season series at 7-4, including the last two meetings; in 2000 and '04. But State's four wins are the most against any SECT series.

*The last time MSU beat Vanderbilt in a SEC tourney was in 1999, in Coach Rick Stansbury's first season.

*The Bulldogs and Commodores have never met in a SEC Tourney played in Nashville. Until yesterday State was winless in four tournaments in the Music City, a streak snapped by whipping Florida.

*Rick Stansbury is 9-6 against Vanderbilt, and 7-6 against VU Coach Kevin Stallings.

*Mississippi State has played in SEC Tournament semifinals eleven times with a 5-6 record.

*These Bulldogs need two more three-point goals to tie the program record of 296, set just last season in 36 games.

*State has made ten or more treys in six of the last eight games.

*Senior guard Barry Stewart came in this year the only Dog with a double-digit scoring average in SEC Tournament play, at 11.5 points in eight games. He added 17 points to his total in the win over Florida, giving him 109 career points in SECT play.

*Stewart has made 18 three-point goals in his nine SECT games.

*But in Vanderbilt games over his career, Stewart has struggled to make shots. He is 14-of-37 shooting against his home-state team, 6-of-23 at the arc.

*On the other hand, senior center Jarvis Varnado is 17-of-26 in nine games with Vanderbilt.

*Varnado has yet to take a three-point shot this season.

*Vanderbilt's A.J. Ogilvy has scored 51 points in three games against State and made 17 of his 30 shots. And he is 12 of 16 on free-throw attempts against Bulldog teams.

*VU guard Jermaine Beal has scored 44 points against State in four games.

*Junior guard Riley Benock is perfect on all three shots he has attempted in SEC Tourney play, with a pair of treys.

*Forward Romero Osby scored as many points against Florida, eight, as he had in four previous SECT games combined.

*Since losing to Richmond in the first round of the South Padre Invite, the Bulldogs have won five-straight neutral court games.

*Center John Riek left his game jersey at the hotel prior to Friday's game, and had to play in a spare #11 jersey. He is supposed to be back in the usual #50 today. His four minutes against Florida was his most time on-court since January 9 at Ole Miss.


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