After a tough week and back-to-back losses, the University of Arkansas men’s basketball team must regroup and attempt to make it two straight wins on the road when it travels to Starkville, Miss., to play the Mississippi State Bulldogs on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.
Arkansas (14-8, 4-5 SEC) hopes that the play of last week is behind it as it looks to the second half of Southeastern Conference play where six of the remaining seven SEC games are against Western Division opponents. The Hogs have two games with Mississippi State, and one with each of the other four teams in the division while a showdown with ranked Kentucky still looms.
Sophomore Marshawn Powell continues to show improvement on the court for the Razorbacks and was Arkansas’ leading scorer in each of its games a week ago. Powell accounted for 35 points on the week while shooting nearly 50 percent from the floor. Also playing well for the Razorbacks was Delvon Johnson who nearly posted a triple-double in the Georgia game with nine points, nine rebounds and seven blocked shots.
Mississippi State (12-10, 4-4 SEC) has had its share of issues this season, but have played well in spurts. The Bulldogs have wins over LSU and Florida in the past week-plus with the Florida win at home the crown jewel amongst the Bulldogs wins this year. Against LSU last Saturday, Renardo Sidney scored 16 points to lead the Bulldogs in their win. Riley Benock and Kodi Augustus also scored in double figures.
On the year, Mississippi State has relied heavily on its guards as Ravern Johnson and Dee Bost each average more than 17 points per game. Johnson leads the team at 17.7 including 53 three-point baskets while Bost has played just eight games and averaged 17.1 and has 46 assists for an average of 5.75 assists per game.
The Arkansas-Mississippi State game will be broadcast on the radio across the Razorback Sports Network from IMG College with Chuck Barrett and Rick Schaeffer giving the call. The game will also be carried live on TV by the SEC Network with Clay Matvick and Joe Dean calling the action.
Following the contest with Mississippi State, Arkansas returns to Bud Walton Arena for a rematch with the LSU Tigers on Saturday, Feb. 12, at 12:30 p.m.