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Mississippi State heads to Columbia this weekend to face the worst team in the SEC, the Missouri Tigers.

Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

MizzWho Cares?

Who: Mississippi State Bulldogs (11-13, 4-7) @ Missouri Tigers (7-17, 1-10)

Where to Watch: ESPNU

When to Watch: 3 PM CST

Mississippi State looks to move on from a disappointing home loss to Alabama as the Bulldogs head north for a meeting with the Missouri Tigers. A win at Missou would be a first for the Mississippi State program as the Bulldogs are currently winless all-time in Columbia. This is only the 6th meeting between the Tigers and Bulldogs with MSU coming away victorious in just one of the previous five meetings. Many were hoping that Missouri would bring the SEC another powerful basketball program but it looks like the Tigers will finish at the bottom of the trash heap this year.

The Bulldogs are in the midst of an unfortunate pattern. Win two games….lose two games. Luckily, if this pattern continues Mississippi State fans can feel confident about a win against Mizzou. Can Roquez Johnson finally contribute to the team on a consistent basis again? After scoring 25 points against Georgia, he has failed to score double-digits in any of the past five games. If MSU wants to beat even mediocre competition they are going to need more than one player scoring in double figures each game.

Offensively, Missouri and Mississippi State both suck, plain and simple. Mizzou is 315th in points per game and MSU is 311th…..out of 346 teams. That's not good. Both squads rank in the 200s in field goal percentage and even worse in assists per game. Missouri, losers of 10 straight, are coming off a tough loss to South Carolina and will be looking for their first win in more than a month.

Missouri is weak defensively and this could be an opportunity for the Bulldogs to demonstrate their strengths in front of a national audience. Turnovers continue to plaque the Bulldogs but even with a bad performance tomorrow night Mississippi State should win handily. This feels like an ugly, low scoring affair with Mississippi State getting another win before the tough stretch of games ahead.

Prediction: Mississippi State 55-43

Dawg Facts: A win at Missouri would give the Bulldogs their third SEC road win of the season. That would be the most wins in conference play since 2011.