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Maurice Dunlap has missed the last three games with a fractured wrist. (Logan  Lowery/ Daily Journal)

Maurice Dunlap has missed the last three games with a fractured wrist. (Logan Lowery/ Daily Journal)

Mississippi State will have one final non-conference tune-up tonight hosting Florida State at 7 p.m.

The Bulldogs (6-6) will attempt to get back on track having lost six of their last seven outings including a 66-47 home loss to McNeese State on Tuesday.

It will be the ninth meeting between MSU and the Seminoles with each team winning four. The Bulldogs won the last contest 86-71 in the quarterfinals of the 2007 National Invitation Tournament in Starkville behind 16 points from Jamont Gordon.

Mississippi State holds a 29-48 record against teams from the ACC.

Rick Ray‘s roster is shooting 43.4-percent from the field and averaging 61.5 points per game. The Bulldogs are hitting 27.5-percent from 3-point range and 72.1-percent from the charity stripe. MSU has outrebounded its opponents by 6.8 allowing 58.1 points on 40.8-percent shooting.

Junior shooting guard Fred Thomas leads the Bulldogs with 11.3 points while sophomore point guard I.J. Ready is adding six points and 1.8 assists.

Senior forward Roquez Johnson is putting up 11.2 points and pulling down 5.8 rebounds while junior forward Travis Daniels is contributing 7.2 points and grabbing 5.4 boards. Freshman forward Fallou Ndoye is averaging 4.2 points and 2.6 rebounds.

Senior guard Trivante Bloodman is eight points shy of 500 for his career.

Florida State enters tonight’s game at 8-5 and riding a four game winning streak. The Seminoles won 65-63 at home over Florida on Tuesday after the Gators scored in the wrong basket at the buzzer. Junior guard Montay Brandon (6-8, 225) had a career-high 24 points for FSU.

Leonard Hamilton‘s team is shooting 47.7-percent from the floor and scoring 70.8 points per game. The Seminoles are knocking down 24.3-percent from the outside and 65.3-percent from the free throw line. Florida State has outrebounded its opposition by 2.5 while giving up 68.2 points on 41.9-percent shooting.

The Seminoles top scorer Aaron Thomas was ruled ineligible and will turn pro. Brandon is now Florida State’s leading scoring option averaging 14.2 points per game.

Brandon is joined in the backcourt by freshman Xavier Rathan-Mayes (6-4, 190) adding 11.7 points and junior Devon Bookert (6-3, 193) chipping in 8.9 points.

Forward Phil Cofer (6-8, 205) is averaging 6.7 points and 5.1 boards while Nigerian sophomore center Michael Ojo (7-1, 290) is scoring 3.2 points and grabbing 2.5 rebounds.

Tonight’s game will be televised by ESPNU with Matt Stewart and Barry Booker on the call.

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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