January 12, 2013

Georgia preview

Mississippi State ventures out on the road for the first time in 2013 traveling to Georgia at 13:30 p.m. CT for their first away conference outing.

So far the road has not been kind to MSU. State has lost every game outside the Magnolia State going 0-6.

The series with UGA is tied at 52-games apiece with Georgia winning the last three meetings. Mississippi State is 18-27 in games played in Athens including 3-7 in their last 10 games there.

UGA claimed both matchups last season winning a 70-68 overtime outing in Starkville and then knocking MSU out of the SEC Tournament with a 71-61 victory. Shooting guard Jalen Steele paced State in their last game against Georgia with 19 points hitting 4-of-9 from 3-point range.

Rick Ray's squad is 6-7 on the year and are 1-0 so far in league play following a thrilling 56-54 win over South Carolina at home on Wednesday. Battling through fatigue and cramps, Mississippi State's limited roster battled from behind most of the game led by freshman shooting guard Craig Sword's career-high 18 points. MSU did not have a single trey in that game, snapping a streak of 262 consecutive games without a 3-pointer.

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