Road Trip!

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About to cut out for Fayetteville to see Mississippi State open its SEC slate against Arkansas. Here is a look at the matchup. Arkansas is coming off a win over No. 7 Texas on Tuesday, and the Hogs also own a victory over then-No. 4 Oklahoma. MSU has won two straight behind some torrid shooting.

Here is the game capsule that ran with my story today:

When: 7 p.m. today, Bud Walton Arena, Fayetteville, Ark.
TV: FSN South (where available); Live Internet streaming at ESPN360.com.
XM: Channel 199.
Series: Arkansas leads 26-19.
Last year: Arkansas, 78-58 in Fayetteville; MSU, 80-74 in Starkville.
Coaches: MSU – Rick Stansbury (218-120, 11th year). Arkansas – John Pelphrey (115-80, seventh year; 35-13, second year at Arkansas).
Notes: Arkansas freshman PG Courtney Fortson leads the SEC in assists with 7.1 per game. … Arkansas was picked in the preseason to finish last in the SEC; it has defeated two top-10 teams this season (Oklahoma and Texas). … MSU’s last win at Bud Walton was March 1, 2005.

Probable starters
MSU (10-5, 0-0 SEC)

C – Jarvis Varnado    6-9    Jr.    12.8 ppg
G – Phil Turner    6-3    So.    6.7 ppg
G – Dee Bost    6-2    Fr.    9.3 ppg
G – Barry Stewart    6-3    Jr.    10.6 ppg
G – Ravern Johnson    6-7    So.    12.5 ppg
Top reserves: F Romero Osby, G Twany Beckham, F Elgin Bailey.

Arkansas (12-1, 0-0 SEC)
F – Michael Washington    6-9    Jr.    17.8 ppg
F – Michael Sanchez    6-8    Fr.    6.9 ppg
G – Courtney Fortson    5-11    Fr.    15.1 ppg
G – Stefan Welsh    6-3    Jr.    14.0 ppg
G – Rotnei Clark    6-0    Fr.    12.2 ppg
Top reserves: G/F Jason Henry, G/F Marcus Monk, G Marcus Britt.

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7 Responses to “Road Trip!”

  1. ericintupelo Says:

    I’m not gonna get my hopes up for this one. I hope Arkansas has a letdown after beating Texas but we traditionally don’t play well when we cross the Mississippi to play them. I think the last time we won there was when we had the “Road Warrior” team that went 14-2. I hope the dogs come out hot from the perimeter and Varnado can shut down Washington

  2. midnightdawg Says:

    Washington and Fortson get most of the attention, but the Rzrbacks have a very balanced team. They have scorers at guard, and decent depth in the post. I expect Washington, Sanchez, and Marcus Monk to go right at Vanardo. Fortson too, if he can drive the lane vs Bost and company. Marcus Monk is an underated player. He’s not your run of the mill football player trying basketball. He doesn’t handle the ball well, but plays good defense, rebounds, and can score. Is clutch at the FT line. Going small could be a mistake against this team. You don’t go to Bud Walton and try to run up and down the floor with them. Other than the obvious matchups of freshman PG’s and Wash-Vanardo, I think getting big minutes out of Bailey and Osby is the key to winning this game.

  3. judwe Says:

    #1 – Aside from Kansas the Big 12 is perpetually over rated.

    #2 – Bud Walton Arena always gives Arkansas about 20 pts.

    #3 – Our boys concentrate on the boundaries of the court and within we have a chance.

  4. warbirdz44 Says:

    This game really comes down to one thing for MSU…our three point shooting. We live and die by it thise year, which absolutely sickens me. That’s why you see us blow out teams like WKU, and get beat by teams like San Diego. It’s a craptastic form of basketball and a departure from the Stansbury teams I’m used to that beat you from the inside but I’ll just have to live with it. Given our style of play, we are probably going to stun some teams that we have no business beating this season, and we are going to lose some headscratchers to teams we should kill. This game against Arkansas, like the rest of our games this season, will depend on how we shoot the three. If we’re hot, we probably win, if not, we probably lose. Simple as that. And seeing as we’ve been hot the last couple of games, we’re probably due for a letdown. I see Arky winning this one.

  5. imabulldog Says:

    I agree WarB,

    gotta make our perimeter shots! I think that Varnado can hold Washington to like 12 or so, maybe 5 or 6 blocks. But due to no size down low, we have to shoot 40% tonight from downtown.

    if we continue to play D like we have the last week and a half-we’ll be fine.

    I’d love to win, because I hate Arky, not to mention a great way to kick off the SEC, but we lose a close one

    Hogs 71
    Dawgs 64

  6. ericintupelo Says:

    if we shoot 40% from distance and commit less than 20 turnovers
    Hogs 69
    Dogs 65

    Anything below 40% and above 20 turnovers
    Hogs 78
    Dogs 60

  7. dawgface52 Says:

    First SEC game….. Hogs will not have a let down. Hope for an upset, could be a blow out.

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