February 6, 2009

Stewart impressed with Arkansas

When Tennessee and Arkansas tipped off on Raycom Sports Wednesday night, there was one viewer watching then game intently.

Mississippi State junior shooting guard Barry Stewarttuned in hoping to get a feel for what his next opponent may do in their upcoming game tomorrow afternoon.

Even though Arkansas ended up losing the game 74-72, Stewart was very impressed with what he saw from the Razorbacks.

"They are still a good team," Stewart said. "They've got some guys that can make some shots for them with Stefan Welsh and Rotnei Clarke. They've got a good inside presence with Michael Washington. I know that they are still a good team."

The Bulldogs got the better end of their first meeting with the Razorbacks when the two teams squared off in their conference opener on Jan. 10. MSU went into Bud Walton Arena and handed the Razorbacks a 70-56 loss.

But Stewart expects Arkansas to be prepared with a little revenge on their mind on Saturday.

"We know that they are going to come after us," Stewart said. "We know they are looking for some payback but I think we will be ready."

With the Bulldogs being one of the youngest teams in the Southeastern Conference, one might think that some of the underclassmen might go into this weekend's game overconfident having already knocked off Arkansas on the road. But according to Stewart that simply is not the case.



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