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Mississippi State senior Travis Daniels has started 16 games this season, averaging 6.5 points and 4.1 rebounds. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi State senior Travis Daniels has started 16 games this season, averaging 6.5 points and 4.1 rebounds. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi State snapped an eight-game road losing skid last week at Missouri.

Now the Bulldogs will try to make it two in a row as they travel to take on LSU at 5 p.m. today on ESPN2.

MSU has lost its last three trips to the Pete Maravich Assembly Center and is only 35-67 in Baton Rouge all-time. The Tigers are 4-0 at home in SEC action this season.

LSU holds a 108-98 overall advantage in the series and have won four of the last five meetings. However, the Bulldogs won last year’s match-up 73-67 as Fred Thomas accounted for 18 points.

Thomas enters today’s game just 17 points shy of 1,000 for his career.

The Bulldogs are 9-12 overall and 2-7 in conference play. MSU’s seven losses in conference play have come by an average of only 5.9 points.

Such was the case earlier this week as the Bulldogs fell 82-80 at home in overtime to Alabama on Tuesday despite a career-high 28 points off the bench by forward Gavin Ware.

Ben Howland‘s bunch is shooting 46.5 percent from the field and scoring 76.6 points. Mississippi State is knocking down 32.3 percent from 3-point range and 73.7 percent from the charity stripe. The Bulldogs are allowing their opponents to score 74.5 points on 43.9 percent shooting.

Ware tops MSU with 16.3 points and 7.3 rebounds and leads the league shooting 63.1-percent from the field.

The Bulldogs go with a four guard look outside of Ware with Malik Newman leading the backcourt with 13.2 points. Newman is accompanied by Craig Sword averaging 12.5 points, Quinndary Weatherspoon adding 10.7 points and I.J. Ready contributing 10.1 points and 4.3 assists.

LSU (14-8, 7-2 SEC) comes into today’s game tied with Texas A&M for the league’s top record. The Tigers have won three of their last four including an 80-68 win at Auburn on Tuesday thanks to a double-double of 21 points and 13 rebounds by freshman sensation Ben Simmons.

Johnny Jones‘ team is shooting 47.4 percent form the floor and averaging 81 points per game. LSU is hitting 33.1 percent from the outside and 66.7 percent from the free throw line. The Tigers have outrebounded their opposition by 2.2 allowing 75.3 points on 43.4 percent shooting.

Simmons sits third in the conference putting up 19.5 points and is the league’s top rebounder at 12.5. The 6-foot-10 Australian has scored in double figures in all but one game this year and has 16 double-doubles.

Forward Craig Victor II is putting up 13 points and pulling down 4.8 boards for the Tigers.

Guard Keith Hornsby is scoring 12.7 points while backcourt mates Tim Quarterman and Jalyn Patterson are averaging 11.7 and 5.4 points respectively.

Former MSU signee Josh Gray is averaging 6.6 points off the Tigers’ bench.

(From MSU Media Relations)

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