Game 27: Mississippi State (12-14, 5-7) vs. Arkansas (21-5, 10-3)
Starkville, Miss. – Humphrey Coliseum – 3 p.m. CT
TV Talent: Dave Baker (pxp), Larry Conley (analyst)
MSU Radio Talent: Jim Ellis (pxp), Richard Williams (analyst)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 119, XM 191
Twitter Updates: @HailStateMBK
Series Record: Arkansas leads, 31-25
At Mississippi State: MSU leads, 19-6
At Fayetteville: Arkansas leads, 20-5
Neutral Site: Arkansas leads, 5-1
Last Meeting: Arkansas, 61-41 (2015)
Streak: Arkansas, +3
vs. Arkansas: 2-3
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Following a tough home loss against Ole Miss Thursday, Mississippi State makes a quick turnaround to host Arkansas on Saturday at Humphrey Coliseum.
The contest will tip at 3 p.m. and can be viewed on FSN with Dave Baker and Larry Conley calling the action. Jim Ellis and Richard Williams will be providing commentary on the MSU Radio Network.
After a 61-41 victory in Fayetteville earlier this season, Arkansas expanded its advantage in the all-time series against the Bulldogs to 31-25. In Starkville, the Bulldogs still hold a solid 19-6 record against the Razorbacks. 12 of those home victories have come in the last 13 contests at Humphrey Coliseum.
Mississippi State (12-14, 5-8) is led by double-digit scorers Gavin Ware (10.1) andRoquez Johnson (10.0), while Craig Sword is posting 13.3 scoring clip in conference play. Ware is also averaging 7.3 rebounds per outing, fifth best in the conference.
In Thursday’s 71-65 setback to Ole Miss, Sword paced the Bulldogs with 19 points, leaving him just 18 shy of joining the 1,000-point club. Ware pitched in with 13 points and 6 rebounds while Travis Daniels collected 12 and 6.
Arkansas (21-5, 10-3) brings two of the conference’s top scorers to Starkville in sophomore forward Bobby Portis (17.6, 2nd) and junior guard Michael Qualls (15.5, 7th). Portis also pulls down 8.7 boards per game and has collected 37 blocks on the season.
In their Wednesday outing against Missouri, Qualls tallied 21 points and 6 rebounds while Portis added 16 and 9 in an 84-69 home win.
Rick Ray will be looking for his first victory in four attempts against Arkansas when the conference foes meet on Saturday.
Following the clash with the Razorbacks, Mississippi State will play host to the top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats to finish off a three-game home swing. Tip-off will be at 6:00 p.m. on the SEC Network.