No. 17 MSU Entertains Troy Saturday at 3 pm

STARKVILLE, Miss. – After taking a week off for exams, No. 17 Mississippi State returns to action against Troy on Saturday seeking its eighth-straight victory.

Tip at Humphrey Coliseum is set for 3:06 p.m., and the game will be televised by SportSouth, with Bob Rathbun and Larry Conley handling the broadcast duties.

The Bulldogs enter the contest sporting an 8-1 ledger, while the Trojans come to town 4-3. The two met last year, with MSU prevailing in overtime, 92-83. All-time, Mississippi State leads the series, 8-0.

"This is one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the country," 14th-year MSU coach Rick Stansbury said. "Defensively, we're going to have to be at our best."

In the Bulldogs' last outing, they upended Big East power West Virginia, 75-62. Junior forward Arnett Moultrie paced the win with his 21 points and 13 rebounds to earn his fourth double-double of the year.

The Memphis native is currently second on the team and fourth in the SEC with his 16.7 average, while his 11.1 boards are tops in the league.

"I just come out every game and work as hard as I can," he said. "That's the mentality you have to take every night."

Dee Bost leads MSU with his 17.0 scoring clip, while his 2.8 steals lead the SEC.

Troy is led in scoring by junior guard Will Weathers (13.7), followed by sophomore guard R.J. Scott at 12.7.

As a team, the Trojans are averaging 80.4 points and 12 made 3-pointers an outing. From a defensive standing, MSU is holding opponents to just 61.1 points and 4.9 treys.

After Saturday, the Bulldogs are back in action on Tuesday against Florida Atlantic in an 8 p.m. showdown on CSS.

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