|Mississippi State||C Sword 9.8||G Ware 6.5||T Bloodman 2.4|
|Kentucky||A Goodwin 13.9||N Noel 9.5||R Harrow 3.2|
On Wednesday, Mississippi State visits Rupp Arena to take on Kentucky. Tipoff occurs at 8 p.m. EST and you can catch it on SEC Network. The Bulldogs are 1-4 against the Wildcats over the last four years. They lost 73-64 the last time they played (Feb. 21, 2012).
Mississippi State is currently in 14th place in the SEC and Kentucky is in third place.
In spite of 9 points from Jalen Steele, the Bulldogs came up short 72-31 against Vanderbilt on Feb. 23. In addition to his 9.7 points per game, he is also chipping in 2.9 rebounds per game. For the Wildcats, Alex Poythress finished with 21 points and 7 rebounds in the 90-83 win over Missouri on Feb. 23. He contributes 6.1 rebounds per game in addition to his 11.9 points per game.
Kentucky has a statistical edge over Mississippi State in three specific areas. The Wildcats have an advantage over the Bulldogs in assists, with an average of 14 per game to 9 per game. In addition, Kentucky has the edge in scoring, 74 points per game to 59 points per game. Finally, the Wildcats have the edge in field goal percentage as well, 48 percent to 39 percent. Kentucky ranks second in their conference in effective field goal percentage at 53.5 percent, which also places them 24th in the country.
- Fred Thomas is ranked 9th in the SEC in steals.
- Starkville isn't as congested as Lexington (population is significantly lower).
- You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Mississippi State currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (965 to 963) than Kentucky, per the NCAA.