After losing at South Carolina, the Tennessee Lady Vols host the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Here is our women’s basketball Volunteers preview.
Following a slice of humble pie in a 69-48 blowout loss to the No. 1/2 ranked South Carolina Gamecocks on the road, the No. 23/25 ranked Tennessee Lady Vols are back home. And now, they have another brutal matchup.
Kellie Harper’s team, at 17-5 and 7-2 in SEC play, will host the No. 8 ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs, who are 20-3 and 8-1 in SEC play. This will be another major test for a program trying to restore its powerhouse status.
This is the second of five straight games against teams ranked in either the RPI top 25, the AP top 25 or the Coaches top 25, and three of those games are against teams ranked in all three. Here is all the information you need for the Tennessee Lady Vols’ matchup.
No. 8 Mississippi State Bulldogs at No. 23/25 Tennessee Lady Volunteers
When: Thursday, Feb. 6 at 6:30 p.m. ET
Where: Thompson-Boling Arena; Knoxville, Tenn.
TV: SEC Network
Live stream: WatchESPN
Led by seventh year head coach Vic Schaefer, Mississippi State comes into this matchup on a four-game winning streak. Unlike the Lady Vols, they actually played South Carolina close on the road, only losing 81-79, and that’s their only loss this season in conference play.
As a result, this will clearly be a tough matchup for Rocky Top. With really only one quality win on the season, at home two Sundays ago against the LSU Tigers, they need to start beefing up their resume to make sure they don’t fall to the NCAA Tournament bubble. This would be a great chance for them to do that.
After this game, the Tennessee Lady Vols have to travel to Baton Rouge to face that same LSU team in what will undoubtedly be a tougher game since it’s on the road, and then they host the Texas A&M Aggies before visiting the Arkansas Razorbacks. So this is a tough stretch overall for them, and it’s where they can prove their NCAA Tournament status.