Gameday Central: Auburn vs. Mississippi State

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Date: Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012 Tip: 3:00 PM CT
TV: SEC Network | ClearanceRadio: Auburn Sports Network / XM 199
Live Stats: GameTracker Audio: Auburn All-Access

Mississippi St. Bulldogs (10-10, 1-5)

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Auburn Projected Starters

F 2 Allen Payne 6-6 / 210 So.
F 22 Kenny Gabriel 6-8 / 209 Sr.
C 41 Rob Chubb 6-10 / 242 Jr.
G 11 Josh Wallace 5-10 / 170 Jr.
G 23 Frankie Sullivan 6-1 / 206 Jr.

Mississipi St. Projected Starters

F 1 Renardo Sidney 6-10 / 285 Jr.
F 23 Arnett Moultrie 6-11 / 249 Jr.
G 3 Dee Bost 6-2 / 176 Sr.
G 4 Rodney Hood 6-8 / 204 Fr.
G 22 Brian Bryant 6-3 / 168 Sr.

Game Notes

Scouting Mississippi State

The Bulldogs, who have a week off before playing host to the Tigers, lost at Florida 69-57 on Jan. 28 while playing only seven players ... Arnett Moultrie, who played two seasons for Tony Barbee at UTEP, had 12 points and 13 rebounds against the Gators ... Mississippi State owns SEC wins at Vanderbilt 78-77 in overtime, vs. LSU 76-71, Alabama 56-52 and Tennessee 62-58 ... the Bulldogs other two league losses came at Arkansas 98-88 in the SEC opener and at Ole Miss 75-68 ... Mississippi State's seven SEC games have been decided by 6.1 points a game ... Moultrie leads the Bulldogs averag- ing a double-double with 16.8 points, which is fourth in the SEC, and leads the league with 11.3 rebounds while ranking second shooting 55.6 percent from the field ... Dee Bost, who had 22 points on 4-of-8 three-pointers last year at Auburn, adds 15.9 points and is tied for second in the SEC with 4.6 as- sists while freshman Rodney Hood adds 11.3 ppg and 39.5 percent shooting from 3-point range and Renardo Sidney 9.8 ppg and 42.3 percent 3-point shooting ... former Auburn signee, Jalen Steele, is averaging 7.7 ppg and shooting 39.2 percent from behind the arc, but he is on fire in the last three games, averaging 13.0 ppg while making 11-of-18 (.611) from 3-point range ... Mississippi State owns non-conference wins over Arizona, West Virginia and Texas A&M while losing 54-52 to then No. 6 Baylor.

Auburn-Mississippi State Series

This is the 136th meeting between the Tigers and Bulldogs with Auburn holding a 71-64 advantage. The Tigers have won four of the last six games between the two.

The two teams split last year's series, with the home teams winning both. Mississippi State defeated Auburn 85-66 in Starkville and the Tigers came back to beat the Bulldogs 65-62 in Auburn after trailing by 19 points with 11 minutes left and by 14 points with five minutes to go.

The Bulldogs have a 39-25 series lead in Starkville, including 24-12 in Humphrey Coliseum. Mississippi State has won 10 of the last 11 games against Auburn in Humphrey Coliseum.

The Tigers hold a 43-22 lead in Auburn. The Tigers have won 10 of the last 15 games played between the two in Auburn.

The series is tied at three in neutral sites.

Tony Barbee vs. Mississippi State

Auburn head coach Tony Barbee is 1-1 coaching against Mississippi State, splitting last year's series.

Mississippi State head coach Rick Stansbury is 15-11 against Auburn, including an 10-3 mark in Humphrey Coliseum and a 5-8 record in Auburn.

Barbee is 1-1 coaching against Stansbury.

Auburn-Mississippi State Ties

Mississippi State 6-foot-11 junior Arnett Moultrie played for Auburn head coach Tony Barbee for two seasons in El Paso. The Memphis, Tenn., native, averaged 9.8 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.1 blocks two years ago for the Miners.

This season, Moultrie leads the Bull- dogs averaging a double-double with 16.8 points, which is fourth in the SEC, and leads the league with 11.3 rebounds while ranking second shooting 55.6 percent from the field.

Sophomore Jalen Steele signed with Auburn out of Knoxville (Tenn.) Fulton High School, but opted to go to Mississippi State after Auburn's coaching change.

This year, Steele is averaging 7.7 ppg and shooting 39.2 percent from behind the arc, but he is on fire in the last three games, averaging 13.0 ppg while making 11-of-18 (.611) from 3-point range.

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