Scouting Mississippi State
The Tigers and Bulldogs will be playing for the second time in two weeks as the Bulldogs edged Auburn 91-88 in Starkville on Feb. 4 ... Arnett Moultrie, who played two seasons for Tony Barbee at UTEP, had 21 points and seven rebounds vs. Auburn while Renardo Sidney had 17 points and Dee Bost 15 points on 4-of-6 three-pointers ... Mississippi State has lost two straight overtime games by a combined four points to Georgia 70-68 on Feb. 11 and at LSU 69-67 on Tuesday ... the Bulldogs had won six of eight games prior to the losing streak ... State had a 17-point first half lead at LSU and outrebounded the Tigers 43-32 in the game ... Mississippi State's 11 SEC games have been decided by 5.45 points a game ... Moultrie leads the Bull- dogs averaging a double-double with 16.5 points, which is fourth in the SEC, and leads the league with 10.8 rebounds while ranking second shooting 55.8 percent from the field ... Dee Bost, who is averaging 18.5 ppg while making 8-of-14 (.571) from 3-point range in his last two games vs. Auburn, is fifth in the league averaging 16.0 points and leads the SEC with 5.0 assists while freshman Rodney Hood adds 11.2 ppg and 39.6 percent shooting from 3-point range and Renardo Sidney 10.4 ppg and 43.8 percent 3-point shooting ... former Auburn signee, Jalen Steele, is averaging 7.9 ppg and shoot- ing 39.7 percent from behind the arc, but he was on fire in the seven games prior to the LSU game, averaging 11.7 ppg while making 23-of-44 (.523) from 3-point range ... Steele went scoreless at LSU on Tuesday, missing all four field goal attempts, including three 3-pointers ... Steele burned Auburn for 13 points while going 3-of-6 from behind the arc ... in SEC games only, the Bulldogs force only 8.2 turnovers a game and allow opponents to shoot 45.8 percent from the field and 40.1 percent 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 137th meeting between the Tigers and Bulldogs with Auburn holding a 71-65 advantage. The Tigers have won four of the last seven games between the two after the Bulldogs' 91-88 win in Starkville on Feb. 4.
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.
In last year's game in Auburn Arena,
the Tigers came back to beat the Bulldogs 65-62 after trailing by 19 points with 11 minutes left and by 14 points with five minutes to go.
The Bulldogs have a 40-25 series lead in Starkville, including 25-12 in Humphrey Coliseum. Mississippi State has won 11 of the last 12 games against Auburn in Humphrey Coliseum.
The series is tied at three in neutral sites.
Tony Barbee vs. Mississippi State
Auburn head coach Tony Barbee is 1-2 coaching against Mississippi State, splitting last year's series and losing 91-88 in Starkville on Feb. 4. Barbee is 1-0 coaching against Mississippi State in Auburn.
Mississippi State head coach Rick Stansbury is 16-11 against Auburn, including an 11-3 mark in Humphrey Coliseum and a 5-8 record in Auburn.
Barbee is 1-2 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.
Moultrie had 21 points and seven rebounds against Auburn on Feb. 4. He leads the Bulldogs averaging a double- double with 16.5 points, which is fourth in the SEC, and leads the league with 10.8 rebounds while ranking second shooting 55.8 percent from the field.
Sophomore Jalen Steele signed with Auburn out of Knoxville (Tenn.) Fulton
High School, but opted to go to Mis- sissippi State after Auburn's coaching change.
Steele had 13 points on 3-of-6 three- pointers vs. Auburn on Feb. 4. He is averaging 7.9 ppg and shooting 39.7 percent from behind the arc, but in the seven games prior to going scoreless at LSU, he was on fire averaging 11.7 ppg while making 23-of-44 (.523) from 3-point range.
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