Tennessee Lady Vols collapse in blowout loss at Mississippi State: 3 takeaways

  • Tennessee Lady Vols collapse in blowout loss at Mississippi State: 3 takeaways

Tennessee Lady Vols collapse in blowout loss at Mississippi State: 3 takeaways

Voepel began covering women's basketball in 1984, and has been with ESPN since 1996.

Five years ago, who would have thought that?

Mississippi State: The Bulldogs have now lost 13 straight games to Kentucky dating to 2009.

Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. ET from Humphrey Coliseum. "We hung with them for three quarters and then they made a run and we could not answer". The Mississippi State ANE for the season stands at 0.192 ppp and their ANE over the last 5 games is 0.172 ppp.

Now, the model has studied the Kentucky vs. Mississippi State spread from every angle and crunched the numbers.

Sunday at pregame breakfast, Schaefer reminded his Bulldogs of how good they could be if everyone was focused and on fire. Their improvement was evident until the wheels fell off in the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs won 91-63 - handing Tennessee its worst SEC loss - and showed they are in the mix of teams that could be headed to Tampa, Florida, in April. Kentucky is 6-0 ATS in their last six versus the SEC And 9-3 ATS in their last 12 Saturday games. Interestingly enough, an unranked Tennessee unit handed a No. 3/2 Vic Schaefer squad its last league loss on February 26, 2017, an 82-64 decision in Starkville. "You can't make a lot of mistakes".

"We're in a position to win a championship", Schaefer said. We can tell you the model likes the over, and it also has generated an extremely strong point-spread selection that hits almost 60 percent of the time. "And against a team I have so much respect for, and think they're really talented". They've also won 32 straight at home with the last loss coming to Tennessee in 2017, which is their only loss against the Lady Volunteers in the last six tries.

Rennia Davis had 29 points on 13-of-22 shooting and scored 18 of those points in the first half.

Then, led by both their guards and posts, the Bulldogs took off and left the Lady Vols in the dust.

But just because the Wildcats have been playing extremely well lately doesn't mean they can cover the spread against Mississippi State. They didn't do that until 2016, ending an 0-36 streak of misery in a series that for almost 30 years was as sure a thing as there was in the SEC.

Tennessee struggled with Mississippi State's combination of size and speed.

Now the Lady Vols (15-8 overall, 4-6 SEC) need to finish the season strong to avoid missing the NCAA tournament.

The Kentucky Wildcats were considered by many to be the best team in the country entering the season, but after getting blown out by Duke in the Champions Classic and getting beat by Seton Hall in overtime, those lofty expectations were being questioned. The Bulldogs scored 30 points in the final 10 minutes. A Jazzmun Holmes layup ran the lead to 20-15.

Teaira McCowan (15), all 6 feet, 7 inches of her, was diving all over The Hump after loose balls Sunday.

The Bulldogs miss sophomore Chloe Bibby, who was their leading 3-point shooter before being lost for the season to a knee injury suffered January 17. Since their first meeting, the Cats have extended their winning streak from 5 to 9 games while Mississippi State has split its four games, beating #10 Auburn by 8 points and #45 Mississippi by 6 points while losing at #52 Alabama and to #22 LSU by 4 in OT.