STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State currently owns a two-game winning streak against SEC powerhouse Kentucky, but the one feat the Bulldogs have never achieved in the history of this series is beating the Wildcats three times in a row.
At 6 p.m. Tuesday in a game televised by Raycom, MSU travels to Rupp Arena looking to make history. Both teams enter the contest coming off disappointing home losses - the Bulldogs to in-state rival Ole Miss (67-63) and UK to South Carolina (78-77).
Overall, Kentucky leads the series, 84-19. Last year, MSU claimed a 69-64 victory in Starkville. In 2007 at the SEC Tournament in Atlanta, the Bulldogs held on for a thrilling 84-82 overtime victory.
For Mississippi State, which hasn't won at Rupp Arena since 1995, Tuesday marks the third road game in the last four outings. In league play this year, MSU is 2-1 away from the friendly confines of Humphrey Coliseum, with wins at Arkansas and Georgia.
The Bulldogs are also a perfect 2-0 this year against Eastern Division foes (Vanderbilt and Georgia). Since divisional play began in 1992, MSU is 50-54 against the East in the regular season and 58-67 overall.
In addition, this game features three of the SEC's top shot blockers. While MSU's Jarvis Varnado is tops with 98, UK's Perry Stevenson is third with 50, followed by Patrick Patterson with 45.
After Tuesday, Mississippi State returns home to face Arkansas at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Back on Jan. 10, the Bulldogs claimed an impressive 70-56 win in Fayetteville to open league play.