Bulldogs Return Home To Face Arkansas

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Craig Sword scored a career-high 33 points at LSU on Wednesday.
Photo Courtesy of Bill Simmonds

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Humphrey Coliseum’s doors will open for yet another important game as Mississippi State hosts Arkansas on Saturday.

Tip-off for the SEC TV telecast is set for 3 p.m. Saturday will be Alumni Day at The Hump as MSU will honor basketball greats from previous seasons.

The Bulldogs enter the matchup with a 13-13 overall record and a 3-10 mark in SEC play after dropping a 92-81 decision at LSU on Wednesday. Craig Sword netted a career-high 33 points in the contest, while Gavin Ware recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Sword paces MSU with a 13.6 scoring clip, while Ware averages 10.6 points and is fifth in the conference in rebounding with 7.5 boards per game.

The Razorbacks (17-9, 6-7) look to continue their winning ways after earning a 71-64 home victory against South Carolina on Wednesday. Michael Qualls led the way with 20 points for Mike Anderson’s squad.

Bobby Portis leads Arkansas with 13.1 points and 6.6 rebounds per game, while Rashad Madden averages 12.8 points.

The teams have been two of the SEC’s tops squads in the steals category all season long, as the Bulldogs are third in the league with 8.1 steals a game and UA leads the conference with 8.5 swipes per outing.

While the Razorbacks have historically been dominant on their home court at Bud Walton Arena, they have struggled on the road, winning only three total road games in Mike Anderson’s three seasons at UA.

Arkansas holds a 29-25 lead in the all-time series against MSU, but the Bulldogs have been dominant against the Razorbacks in Starkville, holding a 19-5 advantage. UA has not won in Starkville since the 1999-2000 season.

Following Saturday’s clash, Mississippi State will host Tennessee on Wednesday in a 7 p.m. tilt to be televised on SEC TV.


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