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    Kentucky Opens SEC Play, Hosts Mississippi State

    Jan. 7, 2014

    Scouting the Bulldogs

    Under the direction of second-year coach Rick Ray, the Mississippi State Bulldogs have opened the year to a 10-3 overall record and have won five of their last six outings.

    Gameday Information
    SEC Opener
    Kentucky vs. Mississippi State
    Wednesday, Jan. 8 - 8:00 p.m. ET
    Lexington, Ky.
    Game Notes: UK | MSU
    Coverage
    TV: SEC Network
    Radio: UK IMG
    Gameday Live: Live video, stats, audio, blog, and social media
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    Mississippi State has three players scoring in double-figures - all among the starting five. Guard Craig Sword leads the way with 14.3 points per game. Forward Gavin Ware pours in 11.2 points per game while also adding a teamhigh 8.9 rebounds per game.

    Guard I.J. Ready has only suited up in nine games thus far and leads the team with 32 assists good for an average of 3.6 per game.

    Series History vs. Mississippi State

    Kentucky owns an 89-20 record in the all-time series, winning 11 of the last 13 and five-straight. The Wildcats are 45-5 all-time against the Bulldogs in Lexington including owning a 24-2 mark within Rupp Arena.

    Close Games

    Since 2001, the two teams have met 15 times with 12 of those contests being decided by nine or fewer points, including four overtime affairs.

    Last Time vs. the Bulldogs

    In the lone meeting of the season in 2012- 13, Kentucky claimed an 85-55 victory in Rupp Arena on Feb. 27, 2013.

    Alex Poythress had 16 points and eight rebounds, while Willie Cauley-Stein chipped in with 12 points and six boards. Jarrod Polson added nine points and a team-high three assists, and Jon Hood contributed five points and a trio of rebounds in the victory.

    SEC Openers vs. Mississippi State

    Kentucky and Mississippi State have met in the SEC opener three other times in program history with the Bulldogs owning a 2-1 mark in such games.

    The first came on Jan. 4, 1950 in Lexington with the Cats earning an 87-55 victory.

    On Jan. 3, 1976, UK traveled to Starkville and lost 77-73. The last opener came on Jan. 5, 2002 in Starkville resulting in a 74-69 overtime victory for the Bulldogs.

    Pregame Media Opportunity - January 7, 2014

    Head Coach John Calipari