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Mississippi State's Craig Sword enters today's game against Georgia as the SEC's active career scoring leader. (AP Photo/Jim Lytle)

Mississippi State’s Craig Sword enters today’s game against Georgia as the SEC’s active career scoring leader. (AP Photo/Jim Lytle)

Mississippi State is coming off its biggest win in over 11-years, defeating Arkansas 78-46 at home Tuesday night.

It was the most complete performance from the Bulldogs all season as they limited Arkansas to 46 points, 16 field goals, a .222 shooting percentage and one 3-pointer, all of which were season lows.

“Now that I’ve seen what we’re capable of, let’s not have anything less than what we did (Tuesday) night,” said MSU coach Ben Howland. “The secret is out, we can play really good. We can be a very good team. So now we’ve got to build on this because we’re playing really good teams in our league and Georgia is a very difficult opponent next up.”

MSU (10-13, 3-8 SEC) hosts the conference’s other set of Bulldogs at 7 p.m. tonight on SEC Network.

UGA is 13-9 overall and 6-5 in league play and will be attempting to rebound from a lopsided 82-48 loss at Kentucky on Tuesday. Georgia shot just 22 percent from the floor and committed 15 turnovers against the Wildcats.

“We need to get back on a mission,” said Georgia forward Yante Maten. “This definitely could send us in the wrong direction, or it could bring us all together and we need to make sure it brings us together.”

Junior guard J.J. Frazier paces UGA scoring 15.8 points per game. The 5-foot-10, 155-pounder scored a career-high 37 points against State last season, going 7-for-7 from 3-point range in a 72-66 win in Starkville.

It was the third straight victory for Georgia in the series and also at Humphrey Coliseum. UGA now holds a 55-53 edge in the overall series while Mississippi State owns a 31-17 mark in Starkville.

Today’s game will feature the top four active career scorers in the SEC. MSU’s Craig Sword leads the league with 1,374 points while Gavin Ware is third with 1,262 points. Georgia’s Charles Mann is second with 1,275 points and Kenny Gaines is fourth at 1,178.

Ware is also the conference’s active rebounds leader at 814. The 6-foot-9 senior forward from Starkville leads State with 16.4 points and 7.3 rebounds this season and tops the SEC shooting 62.7 percent from the field.

Ware and freshman guard Quinndary Weatherspoon both notched a double-double during the win over the Razorbacks, the first time multiple players have done so for Mississippi State this season.

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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