Mississippi State men's basketball

Mississippi State head men’s basketball coach Ben Howland, left, and his staff expect another difficult challenge against Sam Houston State.

In the moments after Mississippi State wrapped up a tough season-opening win over Florida International on Tuesday, head coach Ben Howland gave indication that next test for the Bulldogs is even tougher.

MSU (1-0) returns to the court at Humphrey Coliseum Friday night for a 7 p.m. game against Sam Houston State (1-0) and Howland is gearing up for another early-season challenge.

For more on the Bulldogs, see Friday's Starkville Daily News.

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