February 15, 2011

Kentucky Preview

Last season regulation could not decide the winner between Mississippi State and Kentucky in two separate occasions. The Bulldogs and Wildcats battled in two of the most memorable SEC games during the 2009-10 season including the SEC Tournament Championship game.

But it was Kentucky who came out on top in both matchups bolstering their NCAA Tournament resume while MSU watched their bubble burst. Tonight the Bulldogs will have another shot to knock off the No. 22 Wildcats traveling to Rupp Arena for a 6 p.m. CST tipoff.

Kentucky holds the overwhelming series lead at 86-20 although State has claimed three of the last five meetings. The Bulldogs won their last trip to Lexington 66-57 in 2009 but have never won back-to-back games there and hold just a 5-43 mark on the UK campus.

A Kentucky native, Rick Stansbury holds a winning record against every SEC school except for the Wildcats and Tennessee.

The Bulldogs come into tonight with a 13-11 overall record and are even at 5-5 in the conference. MSU is coming off a disappointing 65-62 loss at Auburn over the weekend where the Bulldogs squandered a 19-point lead in the final 11 minutes of the game.

Mississippi State is shooting 42.5-percent from the field and averaging 68.1 points per game. The Bulldogs are knocking down 34-percent behind the arc and making 71.2-percent of their free throw attempts. Their opponents have shot 41.5-percent against them and scored 69.1 points against them on average.



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