It was week to remember for the Mississippi State Bulldogs.
Four days removed from playing before a record home crowd of 10,626 fans against No. 2 South Carolina on Jan. 24, the Bulldogs added another piece of history on Jan. 28 by rallying from a 12-point second-half deficit, to knock off Tennessee 65-63 in overtime. It was Mississippi State’s first-ever win over Tennessee after 36 straight defeats. The Bulldogs placed four players in double figures, as Dominique Dillingham and Victoria Vivians each had 14 points to pace the Bulldogs. Morgan William added 11 points, while Chinwe Okorie added 10 points. Okorie also had a team-high eight rebounds, while William dished out a game-best seven assists.
After claiming the historic victory on Thursday, Vic Schaefer’s squad completed its first season sweep of the Arkansas Razorbacks since 2007 after scoring a 65-55 win at Fayetteville, Ark. on Sunday. With the win, the Bulldogs improved to 19-4 on the season and 6-3 in Southeastern Conference (SEC) play. The Bulldogs held the Razorbacks to 55 points in each victory this season, the second and third lowest point totals for the Razorbacks in a league game this season. Mississippi State placed four players in double figures, with Vivians leading the way with 17 points, while Dillingham and William each added 11 points, while Breanna Richardson added 10 points.
On Monday, the Bulldogs moved up to No. 11 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 Poll. It’s their 31st-straight week in the poll, the 11th-longest active streak in the nation. Sitting in second place in the SEC standings behind South Carolina, Mississippi State is one win away from claiming three straight 20-win seasons for the first time.
The Bulldogs return to action on Thursday, Feb. 4 when they travel to LSU.
Honorable mention teams of the week: Albany, DePaul, George Washington, Green Bay and Louisville.