December 18, 2008
Just because head coach Rick Stansbury has been hospitalized most of the week does not mean the Bulldogs will not be ready to play this afternoon against Cincinnati.
Stansbury was admitted to the hospital Sunday night and was released Wednesday afternoon in time to catch the team's charter flight to Ohio where Mississippi State will participate in the SEC/ Big East Invitational. Assistant coach Robert Kirby took over the Stansbury's daily operations in his absence.
The road has not been kind to the Bulldogs this season. MSU enters this afternoon losers of its last two road tilts and is 1-2 away from Humphrey Coliseum this season. The Bulldogs are 2-1 all-time against Cincinnati with the Bearcats taking the last meeting 90-56 in Las Vegas in 2001. State sports an 8-12 record against teams from the Big East.
The Bulldogs enter the 5:30 p.m. matchup on ESPN2 with a 7-3 record. Mississippi State averages 76.1 points per game and are shooting 45.6-percent from the field. They also drain 36.5-percent from behind the arc and 68.7-percent from the free throw line. The Bulldogs outrebound their opponents by a 5.5 margin as well as allowing 63.1 points scored.
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