MSU and Bama to Square Off Wednesday at 7 p.m.

STARKVILLE, Miss. - In a rematch of last year's SEC Tournament championship game and a meeting of this year's preseason favorites in the league's Western Division race, the 13th-ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs travel to nearby Tuscaloosa to meet the ninth-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide Wednesday evening. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at Coleman Coliseum on the University of Alabama campus, and the game will be televised regionally by Jefferson-Pilot Sports.

Locally in the Golden Triangle viewing area, the contest will be shown on Fox Sports Net South (Channel 24 on Starkville's Northland Cable system).

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.

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