Mississippi State head coach Rick Stansbury calls instructions to his team during the first half of their NCAA college basketball game against North Texas in Starkville, Miss., Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011. Mississippi State won 82-59. (AP Photo Jim Lytle)
Mississippi State's basketball team is now in both major polls this season. The Bulldogs moved up three spots in the latest AP rankings, to No. 21. They went from receiving votes to 24th in the USA Today coaches poll.
MSU is 7-1 and has won six straight since a home loss to Akron on Nov. 9. That streak will be tested Saturday when West Virginia visits Starkville as part of the Big East/SEC Challenge. Tipoff is 8 p.m., television is ESPNU.
This is MSU's first appearance in the coaches poll since a No. 19 ranking prior to the 2009-10 seasonClick here for more at Brad Locke's Inside Mississippi State Sports Blog.