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Hubbard makes Mississippi State history with fifth SEC Freshman of the Week award

Josh Hubbard dropped a career-high 32 points against LSU on Saturday (Photo courtesy of MSU Athletics)

Mississippi State freshman phenom Josh Hubbard has made program history.

On Monday, Hubbard was announced as the SEC Freshman of the Week for the fifth time this season. The latest accolade launches the point guard out of Madison-Ridgeland Academy past Jamont Gordon, who previously held the school record for winning it four times in 2005-06.

After a slow start to the week with Ole Miss having Hubbard (5 points, 2 assists) circled nearly the entire game in the Bulldogs’ 83-71 win last Wednesday, the true freshman bounced back in a big way against LSU on Saturday. Hubbard went off for a career-high 32 points in the team’s 87-67 win over the Tigers. The effort was the second-most points scored by an SEC freshman this season and the most by a Mississippi State freshman since Raymond Brown had a 32-point game in 1984-85.

For the season, Hubbard leads all SEC freshmen in scoring with 15.3 points per game. The Bulldogs will be back in action on Tuesday against No. 16 Kentucky. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. from Humphrey Coliseum in Starkville.

Will Mississippi State make the NCAA Tournament?

Mississippi State’s invitation to The Big Dance is all but written with four regular season games remaining. Fighting for higher seeding, a strong close plus a good showing in the SEC tournament will only help boost the Bulldogs’ résumé. Prior to the LSU game, ESPN’s Joe Lunardi had Mississippi State as a nine-seed facing off against Utah State in Dallas.

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