Bulldogs Look To Snap Skid At Alabama

 

Coming off a tough, hard-fought setback to top-ranked Kentucky on Tuesday, Mississippi State looks to rebound, Saturday, at Alabama and end its current four-game losing skid.

The Bulldogs are attempting to sweep the Crimson Tide for the first time since the 2008 campaign. MSU upended Bama, 56-52, in January, at Humphrey Coliseum.

Tip-off at Coleman Coliseum is set for 5 p.m., and the game will be televised by ESPN, with Brad Nessler and Jimmy Dykes handling the broadcast.

“Alabama is playing some of its best basketball of the season, right now,” said 14th-year MSU Coach Rick Stansbury, who owns a 16-13 ledger against the Tide. “To see what they did at Arkansas (Thursday) is really impressive. It’s going to be a challenge, and we’ll have to be at our best. It’s on the road, and we all know that’s never easy.”

Mississippi State (19-9, 6-7) has dropped three-straight games at Alabama (18-9, 7-6), and in the last 13 meetings there, nine have been decided by single digits. In addition, four games have gone into overtime, with the Tide posting a 3-1 mark. MSU’s lone overtime win came in 2004, which gave the Bulldogs the overall SEC regular-season crown.

This season, Alabama is 11-3 at home, overall, and 4-2 in SEC play. Last Thursday, the Tide ran past Arkansas, in Fayetteville, 79-68. Freshman Rodney Cooper came off the bench to score a team-high 17 points, while Andrew Steele added 15.

In their first meeting this year, Arnett Moultrie led the charge, with 25 points and 13 rebounds, while Dee Bost added 17 points, to go along with his four assists. JaMychal Green paced the Tide with 14 points and was the only Alabama player in double-digits.

Moultrie leads his team with a 16.4 scoring clip, while his 10.8 rebounds and 16 double-doubles are tops in the SEC. Bost is second in scoring at 16.0 and first in the SEC with 5.1 assists an outing. He needs just 8 more assists to become the 10th player in SEC history to reach 600 for a career.

After Saturday, the Bulldogs go on the road for the final time this season, when they travel to South Carolina, on Wednesday, for a 7 p.m. tip-off on the SEC Network.

Jeremiah Short covers Mississippi State University football and basketball.  Follow him on Twitter, @JeremiahShort26; join his Facebook blog, Real Story Sports: J.Short’s Blog, or e-mail him, JShort@realstorypublishing.com.

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5 Comments on “Bulldogs Look To Snap Skid At Alabama”

  1. jim Says:

    How did that go joe?

    Reply

  2. al Says:

    Joe, how did we do? Did we stop the skid? Are we going to win the SEC? Should we just wait till next year? What should we do Joe?

    Reply

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