Bulldogs Back On The Road At No. 2 Florida

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Fred Thomas scored a career-high 19 points the last time Mississippi State and Florida met back in January.
Photo Courtesy of Bill Simmonds

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Following a rivalry clash in Oxford, Mississippi State makes a trip to the Sunshine State as it travels to Gainesville for a showdown with No. 2 Florida.

Fox Sports South will televise the 4 p.m. CT tilt at the O'Connell Center, with Dave Neal providing play-by-play analysis and Larry Conley serving as the color commentator.

Both teams are looking to bounce back from double-digit road losses in the midweek. The Bulldogs (7-14, 2-7) fell 93-75 at Ole Miss, while the Gators (18-3, 8-1) were upset 80-69 by Arkansas.

Injuries have hampered both Mississippi State and Florida. MSU has lost three players to knee injuries, and UF forward Will Yeguete recently suffered a knee injury that will sideline him indefinitely.

The Bulldogs have won four out of seven against the Gators since 2008. Florida holds a 37-13 series lead in Gainesville.

The squads faced off two weeks ago in Starkville, with Florida claiming an 82-47 win. Kenny Boynton and Erik Murphy led Coach Billy Donavan's squad with 18 points each. Freshman Fred Thomas paced MSU with a career-high 19 points and seven steals.

Thomas leads the Bulldogs with 10.6 points per outing, while fellow freshman Craig Sword averages just shy of double figures with 9.9 points. Sword netted a team-high 17 points Wednesday night at Ole Miss.

Florida leads the SEC in field goal percentage (49.2%) and three-point field goal percentage (39.0%). The Gators also boast the league's best scoring defense, allowing just 52.4 points an outing.

After Saturday's contest, the Bulldogs return home to face their third-straight ranked opponent in a meeting with Missouri. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. for the SEC Network matchup at Humphrey Coliseum.


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