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The Mississippi State Bulldogs are currently ranked No. 20 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll with a 13-3 record.
Their success this season has largely been due to the great play of senior guard Dee Bost (16.2 PPG) and junior forward Arnett Moultrie (averaging a double double per game, with 16.2 PPG/11.3 RPG).
But the Bulldogs are lacking in big wins and strength of schedule. They beat Arizona when they were ranked No. 16 and Texas A&M when they were ranked No. 18, but neither team remains in the Top 25.
Other than that, the only ranked team they have played is the Baylor Bears, who were ranked No. 7 when they played them and have now climbed up to the No. 4 spot. The game was tight and Baylor escaped with a two-point win.
We will have to wait until later in the season to see what the Bulldogs can do against ranked teams, when they play the No. 19 Florida Gators and the No. 2 Kentucky Wildcats.
That’s not to say the rest of the season will be a breeze. The Bulldogs will be tested by the Vanderbilt Commodores, ranked No. 7 in the preseason, and the Alabama Crimson Tide, who were ranked No. 19. The Bulldogs will have to play the Tide twice.