Inside The Numbers: Mississippi State Bulldogs

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Various Records

  • Kentucky’s overall record vs. Mississippi State: 88-20 (.815) (7-3 in the last 10 meetings)
  • Kentucky’s record vs. Mississippi State in Lexington: 44-5 (.898) (8-2 in the last 10 meetings)
  • Kentucky’s record vs. Mississippi State at Rupp Arena: 23-2 (.920)
  • Kentucky’s record vs. Mississippi State when Mississippi State is unranked in the AP Poll: 72-13 (.847) (7-3 in the last 10 meetings)
  • Kentucky’s record vs. Mississippi State at Rupp Arena when Mississippi State is unranked in the AP Poll: 22-1 (.957) (9-1 in the last 10 meetings)
  • Kentucky’s record vs. Mississippi State when Kentucky is unranked in the AP Poll: 19-9 (.679) (5-5 in the last 10 meetings)
  • Kentucky’s record vs. Mississippi State at Rupp Arena when Kentucky is unranked in the AP Poll: 7-1 (.875)
  • Kentucky’s record vs. Mississippi State when both Kentucky and Mississippi State are unranked in the AP Poll: 19-8 (.704) (5-5 in the last 10 meetings)
  • Kentucky’s record vs. Mississippi State at Rupp Arena when both Kentucky and Mississippi State are unranked in the AP Poll: 7-1 (.875)
  • Kentucky’s record playing in the month of February: 642-205 (.758) (8-2 in the last 10 meetings)
  • Kentucky’s record playing Mississippi State in the month of February: 51-9 (.850) (8-2 in the last 10 meetings)
  • Kentucky’s record playing Mississippi State at Rupp Arena in the month of February: 13-2 (.867) (8-2 in the last 10 meetings)
  • Kentucky’s record playing on February 27th: 23-10 (.697) (6-4 in the last 10 meetings)
  • Kentucky’s record playing Mississippi State on February 27th: 2-0 (1.000)
  • Kentucky’s record vs. schools located in the state of Mississippi: 192-33 (.853) (9-1 in the last 10 meetings)
  • Kentucky’s record at Rupp Arena vs. schools located in the state of Mississippi: 52-3 (.945) (9-1 in the last 10 meetings)
  • Kentucky’s longest winning streak vs. Mississippi State: 17 games (2/1/1929 to 2/13/1956 and 2/18/1967 to 3/8/1975)
  • Kentucky’s longest losing streak vs. Mississippi State: 3 games (3/9/2007 to 2/3/2009)
  • Kentucky’s most points scored against Mississippi State: 118 (3/8/1975)
  • Kentucky’s fewest points scored against Mississippi State: 16 (1/14/1924)
  • Mississippi State’s most points scored against Kentucky: 97 (12/4/1989)
  • Mississippi State’s fewest points scored against Kentucky: 13 (2/28/1921)
  • Kentucky’s largest margin of victory against Mississippi State: 44 points (2/11/1952)
  • Kentucky’s smallest margin of victory against Mississippi State: 1 point (3/8/1976, 1/16/1985, 1/13/2004, and 3/14/2010)
  • Mississippi State’s largest margin of victory against Kentucky: 13 points (2/16/1985)
  • Mississippi State’s smallest margin of victory against Kentucky: 1 point (1/14/1924, 3/4/1989, 1/31/1990, and2/9/1991)
  • Kentucky’s most points scored in a loss against Mississippi State: 86 (1/31/1990)
  • Kentucky’s fewest points scored in a win against Mississippi State: 20 (1/25/1930)
  • Mississippi State’s most points scored in a loss against Kentucky: 97 (12/4/1989)
  • Mississippi State’s fewest points scored in a win against Kentucky: 17 (1/14/1924)
  • Most combined points scored in a Kentucky/Mississippi State game: 199 (12/4/1989)
  • Fewest combined points scored in a Kentucky/Mississippi State game: 33 (1/14/1924)
  • Largest crowd ever at Rupp Arena for a Kentucky/Mississippi State game: 24,247 (2/19/2005)
  • Smallest crowd ever at Rupp Arena for a Kentucky/Mississippi State game: 21,940 (2/3/2009)

Kyle Wiltjer

  • 4 points vs. Missouri
  • 504 career points (tied with Ralph Carlisle and Joe Holland for 140th most in school history)
  • needs 1 point to tie Dwight Anderson for 139th most in school history
  • 0 made 3-point field-goals vs. Missouri
  • 87 career made 3-point field-goals (tied with Brandon Knight for 26th most in school history)
  • needs 8 made 3-point field-goals to tie Kelenna Azubuike for 25th most in school history

Dynamic 3 Duo

Sophomore Kyle Wiltjer and senior Julius Mays have knocked down many 3-point field-goals so far this season. The duo is in select company as they are only the third pair of teammates in school history to make at least 51 3-point field-goals within the team’s first 26 games played. Here are those duos:

2006-2007

  • Ramel Bradley – 57 made 3-point field-goals after 26 games
  • Joe Crawford – 56 made 3-point field-goals after 26 games

2010-2011

  • Brandon Knight – 64 made 3-point field-goals after 26 games
  • Doron Lamb – 51 made 3-point field-goals after 26 games

2012-2013

  • Kyle Wiltjer – 52 made 3-point field-goals after 26 games
  • Julius Mays – 51 made 3-point field-goals after 26 games

SEC Total Mismatch

Kentucky’s SEC record entering tonight’s game is 10-4 while Mississippi State’s SEC record is just 2-12. Tonight will be just the fifth time in school history that Kentucky will face a SEC opponent this late in the season with Kentucky having a SEC record of 10-4 or better and their opponent having a SEC record of 2-12 or worse. Here are those such occurrences:

  • February 24th, 1969: #6 Kentucky (13-1 SEC) defeated Alabama (1-13 SEC) 108-79 at Memorial Coliseum
  • February 13th, 1980: #5 Kentucky (11-3 SEC) defeated Florida (2-12 SEC) 95-70 at Rupp Arena
  • February 17th, 1982: #10 Kentucky (10-4 SEC) defeated Florida (2-12 SEC) 84-78 at Rupp Arena
  • February 24th, 1982: #7 Kentucky (12-4 SEC) defeated Mississippi State (2-14 SEC) 71-54 at Rupp Arena

Team Rankings

RPI

  • Kentucky: 46th
  • Kentucky’s Strength Of Schedule: 47th
  • Mississippi State: 243rd
  • Mississippi State’s Strength Of Schedule: 113th

Sagarin Ratings

  • Kentucky: 22nd
  • Kentucky’s Strength Of Schedule: 57th
  • Mississippi State: 227th
  • Mississippi State’s Strength Of Schedule: 59th

Pomeroy Ratings

  • Kentucky: 32nd
  • Kentucky’s Strength Of Schedule: 58th
  • Kentucky’s Non-Conference Strength Of Schedule: 163rd
  • Mississippi State: 273rd
  • Mississippi State’s Strength Of Schedule: 80th
  • Mississippi State’s Non-Conference Strength Of Schedule: 315th

Kentucky Individual Game Records vs. Mississippi State

  • Points: 34, Jim Andrews (1/10/1972)
  • Rebounds: 21, Jim Andrews (1/8/1973)
  • Assists: 13, Dirk Minniefield (1/23/1980)
  • Steals: 8, Rajon Rondo (2/19/2005)
  • Blocks: 6, Marquis Estill (1/5/2002)
  • Field-Goals Made: 15, Dan Issel (1/5/1970)
  • 3-Point Field-Goals Made: 6, Derek Anderson (1/7/1997)
  • Free-Throws Made: 18, Dwight Anderson (2/12/1979)

Mississippi State Individual Game Records vs. Kentucky

  • Points: 37, Bailey Howell (2/11/1957)
  • Rebounds: 18, Herb Biggs (2/11/1967)
  • Assists: 9, Al Perry (2/28/1977), Butch Pierre (2/25/1981), Chuck Evans (2/19/1992), and Marcus Bullard (3/10/1996)
  • Steals: 5, Greg Lockhart (3/4/1989), Greg Carter (1/31/1990), Timmy Bowers (1/5/2002), and Barry Stewart (2/16/2010)
  • Blocks: 10, Jarvis Varnado (1/15/2008)
  • Field-Goals Made: 14, Jack Bouldin (2/8/1971)
  • 3-Point Field-Goals Made: 6, Darryl Wilson (1/22/1994), Marcus Grant (2/14/1995), and Timmy Bowers (1/13/2004)
  • Free-Throws Made: 14, Chuck Evans (2/19/1992)

Kentucky Team Game Records vs. Mississippi State

  • Points: 118 (3/8/1975)
  • Rebounds: 66 (2/12/1973)
  • Assists: 33 (1/23/1980)
  • Steals: 22 (1/9/1991)
  • Blocks: 12 (2/16/2010)
  • Field-Goals Made: 51 (3/8/1975)
  • 3-Point Field-Goals Made: 13 (12/4/1989 and 2/1/2006)
  • Free-Throws Made: 40 (2/12/1979)

Mississippi State Team Game Records vs. Kentucky

  • Points: 97 (12/4/1989)
  • Rebounds: 55 (2/12/1973)
  • Assists: 21 (1/31/1990 and 2/19/1992)
  • Steals: 12 (2/3/1993 and 1/5/2002)
  • Blocks: 15 (1/15/2008)
  • Field-Goals Made: 40 (2/12/1973 and 3/8/1976)
  • 3-Point Field-Goals Made: 14 (2/3/2009)
  • Free-Throws Made: 31 (2/11/1957)
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