March 4, 2009

Florida Preview

Mississippi State will be taking the floor for the final time at Humphrey Coliseum in the regular season tonight taking on Florida.

But when the Bulldogs tip off at 7 p.m. the game will mean much more than just another Southeastern Conference game on the schedule. MSU is in desperate need of a win after dropping its last three games including a disappointing 76-58 showing against Auburn this past Saturday.

The Bulldogs sit at 7-7 in the league and the best they could finish in the Western Division is third place with two games remaining in the regular season. State is 17-12 overall this season but have lost five of their last six contests.

Florida leads the all-time series 56-46 but the Bulldogs hold the advantage in Starkville 31-19. Mississippi State took the game last season 68-59 in Gainesville but prior to that the Gators had won three straight.

The Bulldogs are averaging 74.7 points a game and are shooting 43.3-percent from the field. MSU is hitting 36.4-percent from 3-point range and also 71.1-percent from the free throw line. They have made a league best 138 treys and also top the SEC with 7.9 blocks per game. The Bulldogs are allowing opponents to score 69.3 points an outing.



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