Kentucky Wildcats Basketball - Know Your Enemy: Mississippi State Bulldogs

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MISSISSIPPI STATE BULLDOGS 13-9  (3-6)

FEBRUARY  8, 2014 – 1:30 PM
HUMPHREY COLISEUM – STARKVILLE, MS

TV – SEC NETWORK

KENTUCKY LEADS SERIES 83-18

LAST FIVE MEETINGS
1/8/2014: KENTUCKY 85 Mississippi State 63
2/27/2013: KENTUCKY 85 Mississippi State 55
2/21/2012: KENTUCKY 73 Mississippi State 64
2/15/2011: KENTUCKY 85 Mississippi State 79
3/14/2010: KENTUCKY 75 Mississippi State 74 OT*
SEC TOURNEY FINALS – NASHVILLE, TN

It has been exactly a month since the Cats and Bulldogs faced off at Rupp Arena and Kentucky walked away with a 85-63 victory.  It wasn’t that easy however.  Kentucky had yet another slow start and trailed the Bulldogs 40-37 but had a tremendous second half leading to the rout.  In that game, the Bulldogs jumped out to 12-2 and 18-8 early leads and James Young kept Kentucky in the game in the first half scoring 15 of his 26 points in the opening period.  After the half, Kentucky settled down, both offensively and defensively and went on a 27-6 blitz to break the game open.

The Bulldogs are just 3-6 in the SEC and have lost four games in a row.  THree of those games have been on the road, however, and the only home loss in that streak was to Florida by a pretty respectable 62-51.  Mississippi State remains a tough road trip:  the Bulldogs are 3-1 at home in the SEC and 0-5 on the road.  And as John Calipari says, this will be a huge game for the Bulldogs as their fanbase always gets rowdy for UK.

Kentucky has won six games in a row in the series, but looking at the numbers, that means the Bulldogs are due.  Despite the overall dominance in the series, Kentucky has not won seven in a row versus Mississippi State since 1989.  The Bulldogs broke a seven game winning streak then.  The Bulldogs have also broken a four game streak in 1994, a five game streak in 2001, and a 6 game streak in 2007.  Kentucky has been good on the road in Starkville, going 8-2 over the last ten games. 

All signs point to a Kentucky win and this is a game UK has to win on the road.  The Bulldogs are good at defending their home turf and would love to pull the upset.  Let’s meet the Bulldogs.

 

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