Last meeting • Mississippi State 79, BYU 74 (Dec. 2, 1995)
About the Bulldogs • Coach Ben Howland is 66-46 in his fourth season in Starkville. … Their only loss was a 72-67 setback to Arizona State at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Nov. 19. … They have won eight straight games, but struggled with Wright State on Dec. 22 before pulling out a 67-63 win in Jackson, Miss. … They are averaging 78.3 points per game and allowing just 65.5 points. … Quinndary Weatherspoon leads them in scoring with a 16.4 average and Aric Holman leads them in rebounding with an 8.7 average.
About the Cougars • This is their final non-conference game before West Coast Conference play begins Thursday at Pacific. … Junior G TJ Haws is averaging 21.0 points and 5.4 assists over the last five games, while shooting 59.3 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range. … Senior F Luke Worthington scored a season-high 11 points and grabbed five rebounds in last Saturday’s 90-81 loss at San Diego State. … Junior F Yoeli Childs is second in the WCC in scoring with a 22.1 average and first in rebounding with a 10.6 average.
MS averages 78 a game…they are already there with 12 minutes to go in the game…that’s how good BYU defense is. Typical Rose, no defense, no accountability