Richardson on Mississippi State

Arkansas travels to Mississippi State Wednesday for a 7 p.m. game, which will be televised by Jefferson-Pilot Sports. The Razorbacks are 13-13 overall and 5-9 in the Southeastern Conference following Saturday's 71-58 loss at No. 12 Kentucky. MSU (21-7, 8-6) is coming off Saturday's 61-59 home win over Ole Miss.

"Mississippi State is playing really well right now. They have a good team. We were fortunate to do a good job against them the last time. Once again, if we put it in the hole, we have a chance. I've never guaranteed a victory in my life, but I always think we can win. That's how I feel. I think we can win out and I think we can win the tournament. That's just how I am."

Clarification of comments made following the Kentucky game:

"I applied for the job at Bowie High School, at Western Texas Junior College and at Tulsa, but I did not apply for the job at Arkansas. I want to make sure everybody understands. (AD) Frank (Broyles), (UA Chancellor) Dr. (John) White and (UA system president) Dr. (Alan) Suggs are my bosses. When they decide I've been here long enough, they can pay me off and I'll be on my way. I've earned the right to have the season I've had."

Kentucky recap:

"Our kids played their hearts out. I didn't feel good about losing, but I left the game knowing the kids tried their best. We had the same problem - we can't score. They tried to execute and score. You can lose some and it's okay because you can see some of the things you've worked on.

"(Jannero) Pargo was a totally different player. I think he played his best game. He's had games where he scored 35 and 33 points, but this was his best game. The only thing is he had five turnovers. If he had cut that to two or three, it would have been perfect (he had 13 points, six rebounds, eight assists and four steals).

"I feel that (the players) understand a lot better now what we're trying to do and that we can mix it up better now."


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