Mississippi State lost a painful SEC home opener earlier this week to No. 21 Texas A&M, and now the Bulldogs must rebound as they head to Fayetteville to face Arkansas at Bud Walton Arena at 2:30 in a game that can be seen on the SEC Network.
The Razorbacks (7-7, 1-0) enter the matchup off of a 90-85 overtime victory against Vanderbilt.
Mississippi State (7-6,0-1) have not had a good time of late in Fayetteville, last winning on Arkansas's home court in 2011. In all games in Fayetteville, the Razorbacks hold a 20-5 edge over Mississippi State, and Arkansas holds the series lead at 32-25.
For Mississippi State getting to the half with the lead will be of importance. Six of the Bulldogs' wins have come when the team has the lead in the locker room. They have only have one victory when trailing at the half.
Moses Kingsley has been a dominate force for the Razorbacks this season, leading the team in scoring (17.7), rebounds (9.9) and blocks (2.5) per game.
As always, the Bulldogs must be ready for a physical defensive challenge from Arkansas, and it is a challenge that is tough for a team to prepare to face.
"The tough part about Arkansas is trying to simulate what they do," MSU coach Ben Howland said. "We don't have the ability to simulate what they do defensively. We are going to have to take care of the basketball. When they trap you, you have to attack the basket. It'll be a real challenge for us. It's a great venue, and it'll be a big test for our team."
HOW TO WATCH
Game Time and Location: 2:30, Bud Walton Arena, Fayetteville, Arkansas
ON TV: SEC Network: Matt Stewart (PxP), John Pelphrey (analyst)
On Radio: MSU Radio Network and on Sirius/XM (132/191): Jim Ellis (PxP), Richard Williams (analyst)