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Missouri-Mississippi State lineups, broadcast, tipoff time, facts and figures

Missouri forward Kevin Puryear (right) looked to get past Alabama forward Bola Olaniyan during a game earlier this month.
Missouri forward Kevin Puryear (right) looked to get past Alabama forward Bola Olaniyan during a game earlier this month. The Associated Press

Missouri at Mississippi State

WHEN/WHERE: 6 p.m. Wednesday at Humphrey Coliseum in Starkville, Miss.

TV/RADIO: SEC Network; KMBZ (98.1 FM)

Projected starters

P No. Missouri Ht. Yr. PPG

F 21 Jordan Barnett 6-7 Jr. 11.9

F 24 Kevin Puryear 6-7 So. 11.8

F 25 Russell Woods 6-8 Sr. 7.8

G 11 K.J. Walton 6-3 So. 6.8

G 15 Jordan Geist 6-2 So. 6.4

P No. Mississippi State Ht. Yr. PPG

F 35 Aric Holman 6-10 So. 9.7

C 34 Schnider Herard 6-10 Fr. 5.0

G 11 Quinndary Weatherspoon 6-4 So. 17.3

G 1 Lamar Peters 6-0 Fr. 11.3

G 4 Mario Kegler 6-7 Fr. 9.4

ABOUT MISSOURI (5-13, 0-6 SEC): The Tigers have lost 10 straight games, which is the fifth-longest losing streak in program history, and 11 in row in Southeastern Conference play, which is tied for the second-longest losing streak in conference play in program history. Missouri also has lost 29 straight road games, including 26 in a row in conference play. Speaking of 26, that’s how many points sophomore forward Kevin Puryear scored in a career performance Saturday against Mississippi. Puryear, a Blue Springs South graduate, went 11 of 14 from the field and added 0.9 points to his season scoring average with the encouraging outburst.

ABOUT MISSISSIPPI STATE (12-6, 3-3 SEC): The Bulldogs have lost two straight games — against Kentucky by seven and at Tennessee by 17 — since a 3-1 start in Southeastern Conference play. Second-year coach Ben Howland’s squad owns two wins against teams that already have knocked off Missouri in conference play. Mississippi State won at LSU and at Arkansas during a three-game SEC win streak. Senior guard I.J. Ready averages 9.6 points off the bench for the Bulldogs, who rank fifth in conference play with a 76.5-point scoring average. Mississippi State shoots 46.7 percent from a team in SEC games, which is third behind Kentucky and Arkansas, but Howland’s team also ranks last with a minus-6.5 rebounding margin.

Tod Palmer: 816-234-4389, @todpalmer

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