Mississippi State and Baylor meet in the second round of the 2018 NIT in a matchup of two Power 5 schools. Find game information, including the score, live updates, stats and more below.
2018 NIT: Mississippi State-Baylor time, game information
Time: 12 p.m. ET
Date: Sunday, March 17
Location: Ferrell Center, Waco, Texas.
NIT Tournament info: Second round
What TV channel is Mississippi State-Baylor on?
You can watch Mississippi State and Baylor on ESPN.
How can I watch Mississippi State-Baylor online?
You can watch Mississippi State and Baylor online at WatchESPN.com.
2018 NIT: Mississippi State-Baylor score, live updates
2018 NIT: Mississippi State-Baylor preview, games notes
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- Mississippi State is in the postseason for the first time since 2012 when it was also in the NIT and lost to UMass in double overtime in the opening round, 101-96, at Humphrey Coliseum.
- This is the ninth NIT appearance for the Bulldogs, who are 8-8 in this event. In all postseason play, they are now 18-18 (11-11 in NCAAs).
- MSU’s best NIT finish was the semifinals in 2007, a 63-62 buzzer-beating loss to West Virginia at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
- MSU is 12-15 against teams from the Big 12, having played eight of the 10 teams. Texas Tech is the last Big 12 foe the Bulldogs have played, a 74-72 Red Raiders win in Puerto Rico.
- In the postseason, Ben Howland is 21-12 with a 2-2 NIT record.
- The win against Nebraska was MSU’s 1,400th in program history.
- Nebraska’s 59 points were the fewest MSU has allowed in 16 NIT outings.
- Lamar Peters had a career-high 14 assists against Nebraska, an MSU postseason record.
- MSU implemented its fifth different starting lineup of the year against the Cornhuskers.
- 2018 has been of MSU’s best in terms of offense. The Bulldogs’ 920 made field goals are third most in school history, while the 1,981 attempts are fourth. In addition, the 232 made 3-pointers are ninth, while the 2,499 points are fifth
- Aric Holman posted his seventh double-double of the year and the ninth of his career with his 16 points and 10 rebounds against Nebraska.
- The Bulldogs are seeking 24 wins for the first time since going 24-12 in 2010.
- Nick Weatherspoon‘s 20 charges are second only to Alabama’s Herbert Jones (22) in the SEC.
- Quinndary Weatherspoon has 1,345 points for his career, now the 18th most in school history.
- Aric Holman has 137-career blocked shots, six shy of tying Charles Rhodes for sixth most at MSU. In the last three games, he has 12.
- Abdul Ado has a team-high 63 blocked shots, the third most by a freshman in school history.
- The Bulldogs have shot 50 percent or better from the floor 13 times this year (eight a year ago).
- This marks the 35th game of the season, which ties for the second most in school history (36).
The winner of this game will meet the winner of the Middle Tennessee State-Louisville game in the quarterfinals, which will be played on either Tuesday or Wednesday. Mississippi State got to the second round by beating Nebraska. Nick Weatherspoon‘s status for this game has not yet been determined. Weatherspoon did not play against Nebraska as he was injured in the SEC Tournament.
The first three rounds of the NIT are played at campus sites at the higher-seeded team. The semifinals and championship will be played at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
- First Round: Tuesday, March 13 and Wednesday, March 14
- Second Round: Thursday, March 15 through Monday, March 19
- Quarterfinals: Tuesday, March 20 and Wednesday, March 21
- Semifinals: Tuesday, March 27
- Championship: Thursday, March 29
NIT 2018: Seeds, teams
- No. 1: Baylor, Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s, USC
- No. 2: Louisville, Marquette, Oklahoma State, Utah
- No. 3: LSU, Middle Tennessee, Oregon, Stanford
- No. 4: Boise State, Mississippi State, Penn State, Western Kentucky
- No. 5: Boston College, Nebraska, Temple, Washington
- No. 6: BYU, Louisiana, Rider, Vermont
- No. 7: Florida Gulf Coast, Harvard, Northern Kentucky, UC Davis
- No. 8: Hampton, SE Louisiana, UNC Asheville, Wagner