February 9, 2013

Florida preview

Mississippi State has lost seven straight games for the first time since 2006.

But in order for the Bulldogs to start digging themselves out of their current hole they will have to pick up a win on the road against No. 2 Florida. Tipoff in the O'Connell Center is slated for 4 p.m. CT.

The Gators were part of MSU's current skid dismantling the Bulldogs 82-47 in Starkville on Jan. 26. It was the second worst loss in Humphrey Coliseum history. Florida received 18-point efforts from seniors Erik Murphy and Kenny Boynton and outrebounded the Bulldogs 44-20. Freshman guard Fred Thomas led the Bulldogs with 19 points in 25 minutes off the bench.

The Gators hold a 59-49 edge in the series and have claimed the last two meetings. Florida is 37-13 in games played in Gainesville against the Bulldogs and have won two straight in the series there as well.

State's latest setback came Wednesday night in a 93-75 loss to rival Ole Miss on the road. The Rebels began the game on a 19-2 run and never looked back. Freshman guard Craig Sword was the Bulldogs leading scorer with 17 points.

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