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Kentucky Wildcats Morning Quickies: Mississippi State Edition

Kentucky gets it's toughest road test so far tonight vs. Mississippi St. in Starkville tonight.

Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen of the Big Blue Nation, and welcome to the Tuesday Morning Quickies.

Today’s lead story is the game tonight between Kentucky and Mississippi State. This will be the most formidable road test to date in the SEC for the young Wildcats, and if you’ll recall, they didn’t exactly run away with their last one in Nashville.

On paper, MSU looks like a significantly better team than Vandy, our last road opponent. While Vandy has a better offense, the Bulldogs are a better defensive club and already have two road wins on their SEC résumé, at LSU and at Arkansas. The LSU win isn’t going to impress all that much, but winning in Fayetteville is something to brag about.

MSU is 3-1 in the SEC, and although they aren’t really leading any categories, they are pretty decent at everything. The Bulldogs have no significant OOC victories to point to, but they are a solid defensive club, get to the line, and don’t have any glaring weaknesses other than offensive rebounding.

Kenpom reckons the Wildcats as a favorite by 14 points, but I suspect this game will be closer than that.

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