Here is how they match up against one another.
— Southeastern Conference (@SEC) January 13, 2020
This is one of Kentucky’s more experienced squads with several stars, like the ones listed, being players for multiple years at the program.
Of Kentucky’s losses, two have come to teams with teams with at or near double-digit loss figures (Evansville and Utah.) The Wildcats will need a win to stay in the hunt for an SEC regular season title.
Mississippi State is coming into this match riding high off of two big wins. They are also undefeated in their last five conference games.
The Bulldogs started slow but have slowly climbed to tournament contention with March right around the corner. A big red flag on State’s resume are their lack of quality wins, which they will have if they beat Kentucky. Their tendency to dominate the boards offensively and defensively has given conference foes fits.
Reggie Perry, the team’s star player, was named the Naismith Player of the Week last week.
Keys to Victory
- Start hot, use the home field to your advantage, State hasn’t won at Rupp since 2009
- Force Perry to shoot 3, He is around a 30% 3-point shooter
- Crash the boards, use physicality to beat the Cats
- Force Fouls, Foul trouble helped defeat the Cats last week
Tip-off for the game will be at 9 p.m. on ESPN.