Updated: Mississippi State (7-19) Squares Off with Kentucky (19-8)

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1ST2ND TOTAL SPREAD
  Mississippi State 19 36 55 +19.0
  Kentucky 42 43 85 -19.0
Wed, Feb 27 2013, 07:00 PM CST

Rupp Arena
Lexington, KY
Attendance: 24,023
TV: SEC Network

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On Wednesday, Mississippi State heads to Rupp Arena to take on Kentucky. It takes place at 8 p.m. EST and you can see it on SEC Network. The Bulldogs are 1-4 against the Wildcats over the last four years. They fell 73-64 on Feb. 21, 2012, the last time they met.

Mississippi State is in 14th place in the SEC, Kentucky is in third place.

In their last outing, despite 9 points from Jalen Steele, the Bulldogs fell to Vanderbilt 72-31 on Feb. 23. He contributes 2.9 rebounds per game in addition to his 9.7 points per game. For the Wildcats, Alex Poythress put up 21 points and 7 rebounds in the 90-83 win over Missouri on Feb. 23. He is averaging 11.9 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.

Kentucky has a statistical edge over Mississippi State in three key areas. The first is assists, where the Wildcats have the upper hand, 14 per game to 9 per game. Kentucky also has an advantage in scoring, 74 points per game to 59 points per game. And lastly, the Wildcats have the edge in field goal percentage, 48 percent to 39 percent. Kentucky will hope to exploit their strength in effective field goal percentage in this matchup. Their mark of 53.5 percent in this area ranks second in the conference and 24th in the country.

MState Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C Gavin Ware 26 9 6 0 1 1 1
C Fred Thomas 28 9 3 1 2 1 2
C- Colin Borchert 27 8 5 1 1 1 2
C- Jalen Steele 27 10 3 1 1 0 2
C- Craig Sword 26 10 3 2 2 0 4
D+ Roquez Johnson 26 9 4 0 1 1 2
D+ Wendell Lewis 21 8 5 1 0 0 2
D+ T. Bloodman 29 6 3 2 1 0 3
D T. Cunningham 21 3 2 1 1 0 1
F Baxter Price 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
UK Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Nerlens Noel 32 10 9 2 2 4 2
B Archie Goodwin 32 14 5 3 1 1 3
B Alex Poythress 26 12 6 1 0 0 2
B- Julius Mays 33 10 3 3 0 0 1
B- Kyle Wiltjer 25 11 4 2 0 1 1
B- W. Cauley-Stein 21 8 6 1 1 2 1
C+ Ryan Harrow 28 10 3 3 1 0 2
D+ Jarrod Polson 13 3 2 1 0 0 1
D+ Brian Long 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Jon Hood 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Twany Beckham 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Sam Malone 2 0 1 0 0 0 1
D Tod Lanter 2 0 0 0 0 0 0

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2013-2014 Roster

#2 A. Applewhite So G 6-5 217
#4 T. Bloodman Jr G 6-0 182
#3 Colin Borchert Sr F 6-8 231
#24 T. Cunningham Sr G 6-3 197
#11 Jacoby Davis Fr G 6-1 191
#33 Kyle Dobbs Fr G 6-6 160
#25 Roquez Johnson Jr F 6-7 210
#13 Tevin Moore Jr G 6-3 185
#22 Fallou Ndoye Fr F 6-11 215
#10 Dallas Prater Fr G 6-3 170
#15 I.J. Ready Fr G 5-11 170
#0 Jalen Steele Jr G 6-3 194
#32 Craig Sword So G 6-3 194
#1 Fred Thomas So G 6-5 206
#20 Gavin Ware So F 6-9 268
#12 D. Wilson Fr F 6-5 215