Mississippi State basketball vs. Florida Gators: Hurry up preview

Get ready for the Mississippi State Bulldogs' road game against the Florida Gators. Here's everything you need to know about this matchup.

Jan 17, 2024; Lexington, Kentucky, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs guard Shawn Jones Jr. (5) handles
Jan 17, 2024; Lexington, Kentucky, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs guard Shawn Jones Jr. (5) handles / Jordan Prather-USA TODAY Sports
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Chris Jans and the Mississippi State basketball team are on the road ready to face the Florida Gators. As the Bulldogs and Gators get set to face off in Gainesville, let's start going over everything you need to know about this game.

But, you know, in a hurry. So, here's a quick preview of the Mississippi State Bulldogs' road game against the Florida Gators.

What to watch: Mississippi State basketball on road at Florida

The basics: Jans and the Mississippi State men's basketball team is rolling into Gainesville looking for their first road win. MSU is 6-3 in games away from Starkville this season, but the Bulldogs are 0-3 in road games. Meanwhile, Florida is looking to protect its home court. Both teams are trying to get back to .500 in SEC play.

  • When: Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m. CT
  • Where: Gainesville, Florida
  • TV: SEC Network

The state of these teams: Both the Mississippi State Bulldogs and the Florida Gators are sitting at 2-3 against conference foes. Both want to show that they can be more than just middle class SEC teams this season. The Bulldogs are coming off a home win over Vanderbilt while Florida was able to take down Missouri on the road in its last game.

Key stats to know ahead of this Mississippi State basketball game:

  • 84.8: The amount of points per game scored by Florida's impressive offense
  • 65.7: The number of points allowed per game Mississippi State's defense
  • 19.7 and 7.7: Respectively, the numbers of points and rebounds Tolu Smith is averaging since his return from injury
  • 7-1: Florida's home record this season

The matchup: This game is matching up a battle of these team's strengths. Mississippi State's offense isn't that great, but the Bulldogs' defense has been impressive. Florida's defense hasn't always impressed, but the Gators sure can score a ton of points.

Mississippi State has proven it can keep up with just about anyone and the Bulldogs beat a really talented Tennessee Vols team earlier this season. But can the Bulldogs win on the road? Mississippi State absolutely has to demonstrate it has the ability to win away from home.