Published: Wed, February 13, 2019
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Kentucky vs. Mississippi State: Wildcats a slight road favorite in rematch

Kentucky vs. Mississippi State: Wildcats a slight road favorite in rematch

Mississippi State scored over 80 points for the first time in two weeks.

The Wildcats are now riding a nine-game winning streak that includes victories over multiple ranked teams, such as Kansas, Mississippi State and Auburn.

During the current 10-game win streak United Kingdom has ... Last Sunday, State prevailed by 16 at Alabama, 65-49.

Next for Kentucky: the Wildcats return home to host LSU on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

The Bulldogs have won 25 consecutive SEC regular-season contests entering Sunday's match-up. "They were special", Mississippi State coach Vic Schaefer said.

The Wildcats (19-3) have won nine straight and head into a road game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs (16-6) Saturday afternoon.

The Wildcats hit the road in this one for a matchup with a Mississippi State team that has struggled to find momentum, alternating wins and losses for the past six games. This was the worst SEC defeat in Tennessee history.

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"When you have a strong inside game and guards that are super quick, it's a big challenge", Warlick said.

Roy Philpott (play-by-play) and Brooke Weisbrod (analyst) are on the call for ESPN. A link to the live audio stream can be found on each game's Hoops Central page or the Lady Vol schedule on UTSports.com.

It's just the fifth time the Bulldogs have defeated the Lady Vols. The Bulldogs have lost four of their last six. "They're a really fine basketball team with a lot of young kids". The Bulldogs are averaging 88 points per game, which ranks second nationally.

Meanwhile, the Bulldogs are 4-1 ATS in their last five Saturday games and 6-2 ATS in the last eight after an ATS loss.

The Lady Vols were unable to defend their home court last season, falling, 71-52, on January 21.

The way the Bulldogs looked Sunday, especially with their 30-point fourth quarter, it's clear they can play with anyone.

UT's 48 points in the 2016 SEC tourney became UT's lowest scoring total in the series.

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Tennessee: The Lady Vols were on a roll coming into Starkville, winning three straight after starting SEC play with a 1-5 record. The Bulldogs are 2-2 in their last four games, with wins over Auburn and MS and losses to Alabama and LSU.

But Tennessee unloaded on them with, as Schaefer recalled it, "the WNBA version of the Lady Vols", winning 82-64.

Evina Westbrook is the Tennessee Lady Vols' best player, and she was suspended for a violation of team rules. She is averaging 17.2 ppg and 9.7 rpg in SEC play.

Washington got off to a good start, scoring UK's first eight points, including a pair of 3-pointers. In a statement, Westbrook said she missed a class.

Center Kasiyahna Kushkituah scored in double figures in four of her first five games this season before a knee injury forced her to miss three games and limited her mobility in the next 11 outings. She followed with six points and six rebounds on 3-of-4 shooting vs. Florida and tallied an 8 and 6 day vs. Vanderbilt to demonstrate consistency in the post. Cheridene Green had a team-high seven rebounds. Their improvement was evident until the wheels fell off in the fourth quarter. The 28-point victory was the Lady Vols largest defeat ever in conference play and was tied for their second-largest margin of defeat overall.

Tennessee received 29 points from Rennia Davis and 13 points from Zaay Green.

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