Currently ranked 13th nationally this week in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll and 14th in the Associated Press wire service poll, coach Rick Stansbury's Bulldogs are 10-3 overall and 0-2 in SEC play after dropping an 85-72 road decision to the LSU Tigers this past Saturday in Baton Rouge. MSU opened league action with a 74-66 home setback to the then-11th ranked Florida Gators last Tuesday in Starkville. Mississippi State is 0-2 in SEC play for the first time since the 1986-87 Bulldog club dropped its first four league decisions of the season.
Having won five of their last six decisions against nationally ranked opponents dating back to last season, the Bulldogs will be looking to snap a 15-game road losing skid against ranked SEC opponents that dates back to the school's 1995-96 Final Four campaign. MSU's most recent road win (excluding neutral-site games) over a ranked league foe was a 78-75 overtime victory at 22nd-ranked Auburn on Sunday, Feb. 4, 1996 in a contest that was delayed one day due to an ice storm.