MSU at Kentucky: Official Game Thread

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We are live from inside Rupp Arena – thank heaven, because the white stuff’s still coming down – where Mississippi State will take on Kentucky. The Wildcats are tied for first in the SEC Eastern Division, having dropped two straight. MSU is second in the West, having lost two of its last three.

Personal note: I am loving the UK dance team’s outfits. I’m just talking about the outfits, now. Anyway, the breakdown:

TV: Raycom.
XM: Channel 199.
Series: Kentucky leads 84-19.
Last year: MSU, 69-64 in Starkville.
Coaches: MSU – Rick Stansbury (222-122, 11th year); Kentucky – Billy Gillispie (134-77, seventh year; 34-19, second year at Kentucky).
Notes: Rupp Arena is the only SEC venue where Stansbury hasn’t won a game. … MSU’s last win at Rupp was 1995. … MSU leads the nation in blocked shots per game, with 7.9. Kentucky (7.4) is tied for second. … State’s Jarvis Varnado leads the nation with 4.7 blocks per game.

Probable starters
Mississippi State (14-7, 4-2 SEC)

C – Jarvis Varnado    6-9    Jr.    12.7 ppg
G – Phil Turner    6-3    So.    7.6 ppg
G – Dee Bost    6-2    Fr.    9.8 ppg
G – Barry Stewart    6-3    Jr.    10.5 ppg
G – Ravern Johnson    6-7    So.    12.8 ppg
Top reserves: F Romero Osby, G Twany Beckham, G Riley Benock.

Kentucky (16-6, 5-2 SEC)
G – Ramon Harris    6-7    Jr.    5.6 ppg
G – Michael Porter    6-3    Jr.    3.4 ppg
G – Jodie Meeks    6-4    Jr.    25.5 ppg
F – Perry Stevenson    6-9    Jr.    8.0 ppg
C – Patrick Patterson    6-9    So.    18.5 ppg
Top reserves: F Darius Miller, G DeAndre Liggins.

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47 Responses to “MSU at Kentucky: Official Game Thread”

  1. Brad Locke Says:

    At 14:40/1st half, MSU up 8-0. We’ve seen these fast starts before (Ole Miss). But, Bulldogs are doing a good job trapping in the post and denying clean looks from 3. Basically, good defense all-around.

  2. Brad Locke Says:

    Six points for Phil Turner, five for Barry Stewart. MSU leads 11-6 at 11:51/1st half. Neither Meeks nor Patterson have scored for UK.

  3. Brad Locke Says:

    Meeks and Patterson finally scored for UK, and MSU had a nearly 5-minute scoring drought. But the Bulldogs lead 16-12 at 7:20/1st half.

  4. Brad Locke Says:

    Varnado’s on the bench with two fouls, but MSU leads 23-16 at 3:57/1st half. Turner and Stewart have 8 points each.

  5. imabulldog Says:

    I think Barry saw where I was calling him out this week, BUT I picked him to surprise tonight 🙂

  6. Brad Locke Says:

    At :52.4/1st half, Turner has 13 points and State leads 31-24. Dogs are 7-14 from deep.

  7. Brad Locke Says:

    Ravern Johnson hits a 3-pointer with :06 left to give MSU a 37-24 halftime lead. The Wildcats left the floor to a chorus of boos. Stats for State:
    • Turner: 13 points (3-6 from deep)
    • Johnson: 11 points (3-5 from deep)
    • MSU is 13-28 from the floor, 9-16 from 3-point

    For UK:
    • MIller has 7, Meeks 6, Patterson 4
    • UK is 9-27 from floor, 1-7 from deep

    Rebounds: UK 18, MSU 17
    Blocks: MSU 5 (2 by Varnado), UK 1

  8. Brad Locke Says:

    Oh, and Turner leads MSU with 6 boards.

  9. lollipopkid Says:

    Is this game on Comcast Cable? It says it’s on Fox Sports South but my Fox Sports South is showing some Boxing Retrospective…!?!?!

  10. Brad Locke Says:

    MSU still holds a 13-point edge, 41-28 at 15:54/2nd half. Five combined turnovers, still a ragged game.

  11. bigcowbell Says:

    can’t find it on comcast. unless you have espn college basketball pay per view

  12. Brad Locke Says:

    Raycom, so whoever picks that up. No telling.

  13. Brad Locke Says:

    Bulldogs take a timeout after a Meeks jumper. He’s got 10, but State is up 43-34 at 13:18/2nd half.

  14. bigcowbell Says:

    hang on dawgs!

  15. Brad Locke Says:

    Well, UK’s gotten within 43-40. Meeks just threw down a two-hander. State hasn’t scored in nearly 4 minutes.

  16. imabulldog Says:

    Like I said, Stanz can’t put a game away…this is more on our players for suckin’ it up at the moment, but we have to fix this crap. This is the most frustrating bball team I have ever watched

  17. maroon1white Says:

    no inside presence offensively is killing us!

  18. maroon1white Says:

    live by the 3 die by the 3

  19. imabulldog Says:

    wow, we have ballz after all, Barry has been huge

  20. Brad Locke Says:

    At 6:58, it’s 50-45 State. Bost had a sweet dish to Varnado for a dunk to make it 47-42.

  21. maroon1white Says:

    FOUL! Good call!

  22. maroon1white Says:

    Up 10!

  23. maroon1white Says:

    ITS A BLOCK PARTY!!!!

  24. imabulldog Says:

    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHH Baby! Do it Dawgs! Stanz’s kids ran on the court when UK called the timeout 😀

  25. Brad Locke Says:

    With 2:18 left, MSU is up 61-48. It was 61-45 before a Meeks 3-pointer. Bost has been big, plus Turner and Johnson hit huge 3-pointers. Turner has a game-high 18 points and 8 boards. He’s 4-9 from deep.

  26. maroon1white Says:

    How can Gillespie smile when he’s getting waxed at home?

  27. ukrainedog Says:

    It’s looking like it was worth it for me to stay up till 4 am local time to stare at the livestats and this blog!!!

  28. maroon1white Says:

    ukrainedog is dedicated, we need more like him.

  29. imabulldog Says:

    fo sho’

  30. maroon1white Says:

    Its RAINING @ Rupp!!!

  31. darkcooger Says:

    I was under the impression that the halftime boos were because the clock never stopped after Ravern’s 3-pointer. Kentucky lost about 3 or 4 seconds off the game clock before they could inbound it. Kinda crappy fans if they boo their own players, though.

  32. darkcooger Says:

    How long has it been since Kentucky lost 2 straight at home? 😀

  33. imabulldog Says:

    Billy G is an idiot…that’s why he is smiling…thats why he won’t have a job in 2 years

  34. Brad Locke Says:

    Final: MSU 66, UK 57. Nicely done.

  35. Brad Locke Says:

    Oh yeah, first win at Rupp for MSU in 14 years.

  36. maroon1white Says:

    Big road win coming off the loss at home. Go State!

  37. rwriffe Says:

    Everyone has figured out what it takes to beat Kentucky at home or on the road. Stop Meeks and you got it.

  38. bigcowbell Says:

    Hey Brad, did you see Ashley Judd?

  39. dawgface52 Says:

    Yup…..looks like we live by the 3’s tonight. 🙂

  40. JB Says:

    Congrat State and fans.

  41. spaceghost1 Says:

    great win by the dogs. this takes away a little of the sting from saturday’s loss.

  42. maxdawg Says:

    I was lucky tonight I’ve got Metrocast. How ironic I got to watch the game on a Comcast sponsored station on Metrocast. Threes are fun to watch when your hitting them. Not trying to make anybody mad but my Brother in law has Comcast 15 miles from my house he had to watch boxing.

  43. lollipopkid Says:

    comcast sucks. big win. this time the three ball kept us alive. at least there’s hope that we could get in the tourney and catch fire for a few games. maybe we’ll make the sweet 16 for the first time under stans…

  44. sfwmdawg Says:

    For us to make that kinda of run, we better hit much better than 50% from the arc. Brian Johnson, or Elgin Bailey are going to lhave to step up and become a bigger presence in the middle and take some pressure off of Vernardo. Great win, need to start a streak and keep it alive.

  45. buzzardroostus Says:

    Looks like we’re an all or nothing team. We’re either hot from long range or cold. Living and dying by the 3. It’s nice when they go in. Frustrating that we have no other offensive consistent threat.

  46. ripleyreb Says:

    Congratulations Bulldogs. Nice win. Those were some long 3’s. Got to watch the game here in Ripley on Raycom out of Memphis. If WCBI in Columbus is not going to broadcast the week-night games, they should not be able to carry the Raycom games on Saturdays, IMO. Anyway, nice Win.

  47. sfwmdawg Says:

    Thats true buzzard, Someone has got to step up and take charge. Its at this time last year when we could count on Charles Rhodes to take over a game. We got to have someone on the inside who is going to dominate!

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