Mississippi State basketball struggling in SEC basketball standings after dropping road game vs. Kentucky

Mississippi State basketball falls to No. 8 Kentucky Wildcats with a tough 90-77 defeat. Check out the latest SEC standings.
Jan 17, 2024; Lexington, Kentucky, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard Reed Sheppard (15) walks off the
Jan 17, 2024; Lexington, Kentucky, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard Reed Sheppard (15) walks off the / Jordan Prather-USA TODAY Sports

Well, last night's road trip to Rupp Arena didn't go the way that Mississippi State basketball fans wanted. It's safe to say the game didn't go the way that the Mississippi State men's basketball team hoped it would.

The Bulldogs left Lexington with a tough 90-77 defeat on the road at the No. 8 Kentucky Wildcats. And now, MSU is sitting at 12-5 overall and 1-3 against SEC teams.

There's now way that's the sort of start to SEC play that Chris Jans and the Bulldogs wanted. And yet, that's right where the Bulldogs are. The SEC has some rugged terrain this season and it's caused problems for the MSU Bulldogs thus far.

Let's start examining the SEC standings right now:

SEC men's basketball standings, 1/17/24

  • Alabama Crimson Tide (4-0 SEC, 12-5 overall)
  • Auburn Tigers (3-0, 14-2)
  • Kentucky Wildcats (3-1, 13-3)
  • Tennessee Volunteers (3-1, 13-4)
  • Georgia Bulldogs (3-1, 13-4)
  • Ole Miss Rebels (2-1, 15-1)
  • LSU Tigers (2-1, 10-6)
  • South Carolina Gamecocks (2-2, 14-3)
  • Mississippi State Bulldogs (1-3, 12-5)
  • Florida Gators (1-3, 11-6)
  • Arkansas Razorbacks (1-3, 10-7)
  • Texas A&M Aggies (1-3, 10-7)
  • Missouri Tigers (0-4, 8-9)
  • Vanderbilt Commodores (0-3, 5-11)

Mississippi State Basketball Record

Again, Mississippi State fell to 12-5 overall and is now just 1-3 in SEC play. If the Bulldogs are going to make this something of a special season, Jans and his Mississippi State men's basketball team will need to find a way to start beating SEC foes with regularity.

MSU has shown it's possible. The Bulldogs beat a really good Tennessee Volunteers team. But MSU can't go around and lose by 13 points on a regular basis if the Bulldogs hope to make a run in March. That just can't happen.

Now, that said, this is Kentucky that we're talking about and Kentucky is a really, really good team. So, it's not the end of the world that this loss happened. There's still time for Jans and the Bulldogs. And it starts this weekend when MSU gets to face the Vanderbilt Commodores.