MSU forward Arnett Moultrie, left, defends against Ole Miss Thursday night. (Photo by Kim Murrell, SDN)
The 18th-ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs wrap up their three-game homestand today as they host the Bulldogs of Georgia in a 12:24 p.m. affair in the friendly confines of the Humphrey Coliseum.
Mississippi State (19-5, 6-3) has won four of their last five meetings against Georgia (11-12, 2-7) with UGA having not won in Starkville since 2002.
State remains undefeated in conference play at home (5-0) and is currently riding a 13-game home winning streak, the second longest in the coliseumâ€™s history.
Despite the momentum MSU carries into the contest, head coach Rick Stansbury understands his team canâ€™t afford to look past Georgia.
â€śGeorgia is coming off its most impressive victory of the season,â€ť said Stansbury. â€śWhat they did to a very good Arkansas team catches your attention.â€ť
Georgia, who dismantled Arkansas on Wednesday 81-59 to snap a four-game skid, is led in scoring by freshman Kentavious Caldwell-Pope who is scoring an average of 14.2 points per outing.Â Gerald Robinson, a senior guard for UGA, is adding 14.1 points per contest.
Mississippi State is coming off a big win as well as they defeated Ole Miss on Thursday evening 70-60 during a night when State put together a true team effort to pick up the win.
In that outing senior guard, Dee Bost, earned his first double-double of the season with 15 points and a season-high 13 assists. Junior forward Arnett Moultrie was a rebound shy of his 14th double-double with 18 points and nine rebounds.
A win for Mississippi State would keep it in running for overall SEC title with the league-leading Kentucky Wildcats coming to Starkville in 10 days.
Next MSU travels to Baton Rouge, for a Valentineâ€™s Day battle against LSU. Tip is set for 8 p.m. and will be televised on ESPNU followed by a trip to Auburn to take on the Tigers a week from today.
As part of the season long celebration for MSU's 100 years of basketball, the All-Century Starting 5 members of Erick Dampier, Bailey Howell, Jeff Malone, Jarvis Varnado, and Darryl Wilson wlll be recognized at halftime during today's Georgia game.
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