In an SEC men’s basketball matchup tonight, the Kentucky Wildcats (16-9) head to Starkville to face the Mississippi State Bulldogs (17-8).
The Bulldogs will look to extend upon their current six-game win-streak and make a late push for the NCAA tournament.
The Wildcats are in a must-win situation as they look to avoid not qualifying for the first time since the 2008-2009 season.
Tip-off is set for 8:30 p.m.
State Coming in Hot
The Bulldogs’ season has been a bit of a roller coaster ride thus far.
They opened 11-0 before beginning conference play, but would eventually get upset by Drake and go on to win only one of their next nine games.
In a shocking turnaround, they are now on a five-game winning-streak, which includes a win over TCU.
Defense is key for a Mississippi State victory tonight. They win almost every game they play when they hold their opponents to under 65 points.
Mississippi State is 15-3 this season in games where it holds its opponents to 65 points or fewer entering tonight's matchup with Kentucky in Starkville.
The Wildcats have an appointment with The Dentist.
We'll see if he opts to use novacane.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) February 15, 2023
The Bulldogs are led by forward Tolu Smith, who is averaging 14.6 points and 8.3 rebounds per game – leading the team in both statistical categories.
The Wildcats’ season isn’t quite living up to those of the past. They’re currently 16-9 with a conference record of 7-5.
Kentucky does have wins over Tennessee and Michigan, but hasn’t been close to as dominant as they were as recently as last season.
Although Kentucky has been a bit disappointing, their reigning Player of the Year award winner Oscar Tshiebwe hasn’t slowed down. He’s averaging 15.7 points and 13.3 rebounds per game.
Tshiebwe was also just announced as one of the top 10 candidates for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award.