Razorbacks host Mississippi State

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State is looking to embark on a feat it's accomplished only once, and that's win back-to-back games at Arkansas.

The Bulldogs, who sport a 15-4 record overall and a 3-1 ledger in SEC play, get that opportunity at 8 p.m. on Thursday when they invade Bud Walton Arena for a game that will be televised on ESPN2.

Last year in Fayetteville, MSU departed with an impressive 70-56 win to open conference play. A victory on Thursday would be Mississippi State's first two-game winning streak at Arkansas since 2004 and 2005.

Overall, the Bulldogs have won four-straight in this series, its second longest streak against the Razorbacks (8-11, 1-3). Earlier this month, MSU held on for an 82-80 win against Arkansas at Humphrey Coliseum.

State enters the contest atop the Western Division standings and looking to rebound from a 62-57 setback at Alabama last Saturday, while Arkansas is looking to recover from its 101-70 loss at then No. 2 Kentucky.

MSU, which plays three of its next four games on the road, is led in scoring by senior All-SEC standout Jarvis Varnado's 13.8 average. He also leads the league on the boards at 11.0, while his 100 blocked shots are second nationally. He needs just 41 blocks to tie the NCAA career mark.

The Brownsville, Tenn., native is one of four MSU players averaging in double-digits. Ravern Johnson, the Bulldogs' top 3-point threat with 54 made treys, owns a 13.7 scoring clip, followed by Dee Bost and Barry Stewart at 12.1 and 11.12 points, respectively.

Stewart is also just 10 minutes shy of the all-time minutes played record of 3,851, held by former standout Jeff Malone.

After Thursday, the Bulldogs return home to face LSU in a 12:30 p.m. tilt televised by the SEC Network.