January 18, 2012

Something has to give in Oxford

Something will have to give tonight in Oxford.

Mississippi State has won five straight games over Ole Miss including three consecutive on the road. Ole Miss on the other hand is undefeated at home this season winning all seven games inside Tad Smith Coliseum.

That fact alone leads head coach Rick Stanbury to believe his Bulldogs are in for a battle tonight at 8 p.m.

"They are undefeated," Stansbury said. "Nobody has beaten them at home. They are a very good team. They're talented with (Reginald) Buckner, (Murphy) Holloway and (Terrance) Henry. That's about as athletic as any three guys in this league on that back line. Henry's put up big numbers for a lot of years there. Holloway is one of the better rebounders in this league and Buckner's become the all-time leading shot blocker up there. They're very, very talented on that back line and young on the perimeter. Summers has really stepped up and I'm sure has been much better than they anticipated for them."

Being on the road in a hostile environment is something MSU has not had to do much this season. The Bulldogs have played just two true road contests winning at Detroit and losing to Arkansas to begin league play.

"Everybody is good at home," Stansbury said. "Teams that win championships are teams that can go on the road and win. That's every year and every team in this league. Everybody is good at home, it's who can go on the road and steal some games somewhere."

One matchup to keep an eye on tonight will be in the post between Buckner and Bulldog junior forward Renardo Sidney. Sidney will have the size advantage by an inch and 60-pounds but Buckner will have the edge in athleticism and endurance.

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