SOUTH BEND, Ind. – For the first time since 2018, Mississippi State and Notre Dame will meet on the hardwood in the NCAA Tournament. The 11th-seeded Bulldogs and the 3rd-seeded Fighting Irish will match up in the Second Round of the 2023 NCAA Tournament with a trip to the Sweet 16 on the line. Tip-off for the contest is set for 2:30 p.m. CT on ESPN.
Mississippi State (22-10, 9-7 SEC) vs. Notre Dame (26-5, 15-3 ACC)
Date: Sunday, March 19, 2023 // Time: 2:30 p.m. CT
Location: South Bend, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
Watch: ESPN (Talent: Jenn Hildreth & Mike Thibault)
Listen: MSU Radio Network (Play-By-Play: Jason Crowder)
Numbers To Know
12 • Mississippi State is making its 12th all-time appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs own a 24-11 record in the tournament.
3 • Mississippi State has three players averaging double-digit points in the NCAA Tournament. Leading the way has been Jessika Carter (18.0 points and 9.5 rebounds), JerKaila Jordan (15.5 points and 5.5 rebounds) and Anastasia Hayes (11.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists).
75.5 • The Bulldogs have found their rhythm offensively in the NCAA Tournament. State is averaging 75.5 points per game, up from their 71.8 average during the season. MSU is shooting 45% from three in tournament play, up from their season percentage of 36%.
11 • The Bulldogs knocked down 11 three-pointers in Friday’s win over Creighton. State’s 11 threes tied a season-high that was set against Old Dominion back on Dec. 19
1 • Mississippi State became the first team to play in the First Four and advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
11 • Since 2010, only eight 11-seeds have reached the sweet 16. 2019 was the last time an 11-seed advanced to the Sweet 16 (Missouri State def. Iowa State, 69-60).
• This will be the second meeting between Mississippi State and Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish lead the series 1-0.
• The lone meeting between the two programs came on April 1, 2018, at the National Championship in Columbus, Ohio. Notre Dame won that game 58-61 on a buzzer-beating three.
Get-To-Know Notre Dame
• Notre Dame won the ACC Regular Season Championship and is ranked 11th in both the AP and Coaches poll.
• The Fighting Irish are 26-5 on the year and coached by Niele Ivey. Ivey is in her…
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