February 13, 2013

Missouri preview

Mississippi State is reeling having lost eight straight games as well as its most experienced played.

The Bulldogs are back down to six scholarship players again as they get set to take on Missouri tonight at 7 p.m.

It is MSU's longest losing skid since 1987 with their last win coming over a month ago on Jan. 9. On Saturday, head coach Rick Ray announced that junior guard Jalen Steele was suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules and did not play in the Florida game and will not be available tonight.

This will mark just the fourth time the Bulldogs and Missouri have met on the hardwood. The Tigers hold a 2-1 edge in the series with State winning the last meeting in Dec. 30, 2007 87-75 in the only game played in Starkville. Barry Stewart paved the way for the Bulldogs in that contest with 24 points and seven assists.

Mississippi State (7-15, 2-8) fell 82-47 on the road Saturday at No. 2 Florida. The Bulldogs committed 16 turnovers and played all eight available players 16-plus minutes. Freshman forward Gavin Wave led the Bulldogs with 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting.

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