January 8, 2009

Bulldogs prepare for SEC slate

The beginning of Southeastern Conference play doesn't do any favors for Mississippi State.

The Bulldogs will have to go on the road against one of the hottest teams in the country in Arkansas on Saturday night.

"There is no drills, simulations or no speeches that I could possibly give to make our young guys understand what they are getting ready to go into," said MSU head coach Rick Stansbury. "They have no idea. There is no better lesson or teacher than experience. We'll get a dose of experience Saturday night because if that arena is like it is right now, there is no question it is one of the more difficult places to play not only in this league but in the country."

The Razorbacks are 12-1 on the year and have won 10 straight games including upsets over Oklahoma and Texas.

"Well I think it is very obvious that John (Pelphrey) has done a great job with that team this year," Stansbury said. "Right now they are probably the biggest surprise in the SEC and probably playing better than anybody in the SEC and maybe not just in the SEC but playing better than anybody in the country wit h what they have done in the last two games. It's very obvious they have their home court advantage back and we all know what a difficult task that is playing in that arena with that crowd backing their school. It's pretty obvious that we have our work cut out for us Saturday night."

State has also shown signs of life in its last two games. The Bulldogs knocked off Houston and Western Kentucky by an average of 22.5 points and seem to be adapting to their four guard lineup.

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