Mississippi State has won six of its last seven under Ben Howland and eight of its last nine over Mizzou since the 2014-15 season including two games last year between these two teams. However, the Bulldogs have had their issues against ranked teams and Mizzou can turn the trend in this head-to-head series Tuesday night at 8 p.m. from “The Hump.”
Mizzou enters this game ranked 13th in the AP Top 25 and 10th in first NET rankings which help determine postseason seeding. A win for Mississippi State would end of seven-game losing streak against ranked opponents and give the Bulldogs their first ranked win last January.
The Tigers have won all three of their games played away from home, including a neutral court win over ranked Oregon and true road victories over Wichita State and Arkansas. The last time Mizzou won its first three games away from home was 2013-14. The Tigers are seeking their third consecutive victory in true road games to start a season for the first time since 1994-95 (at Washington, at SMU and at No. 19 Nebraska).