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The Cats will attempt to bounce back against one of the hottest teams in the SEC

NCAA Basketball: Kentucky at Auburn John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

With Kentucky now sitting at 6-2 in the SEC, the Cats need to bounce back from last night’s loss to Auburn with a win on Tuesday night when the Mississippi State Bulldogs come into town Tuesday night.

The Bulldogs (14-7, 5-3 SEC) may be the hottest team in the conference right now, with five straight wins in SEC play after starting the conference slate 0-3.

Since losing by one point at LSU on Jan. 11, the Bulldogs have dismantled Missouri and Georgia (combined 59 points margin of victory), defeated Arkansas and Tennessee at home, and defeated Florida on the road.

Mississippi State’s only loss since Jan. 11 is a one-point loss to Oklahoma in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.

The Bulldogs are led by sophomore big man Reggie Perry. who is averaging nearly 17 points and 10 rebounds a game. In yesterday’s 86-73 win over Tennessee, Perry led the Bulldogs with 24 points and 12 rebounds.

The Cats will be in for a challenge with trying to handle the 6’10’, 250 pound Perry and the rest of the Bulldogs, who specialize in offensive rebounding and creating second chance opportunities, the same exact thing that killed Kentucky in yesterday’s loss to Auburn.

Nick Richards, EJ Montgomery, Nate Sestina, and Keion Brooks will need to be ready to play on Tuesday for Kentucky to pick up the win. If we get a similar showing to what we had yesterday, the Cats could be in for a long day.

Tip off will be at 9 p.m. on Tuesday. The game will be on ESPN.

Tweets of the Day

Dakich calling out the officials.

The former Cat wasn’t thrilled.

Quickies

Kentucky’s loss by the numbers - KSR

The Cats are now 0-4 when being outrebounded.

Rebounds and free throws make the difference at Auburn - Cats Pause

There are two easy areas to point to.

Clay: Kentucky lost on the glass, not at the free throw line - Herald Leader

Neither worked in Kentucky’s favor for sure.

Ashton Hagans struggles at Auburn, fouls out - Courier Journal

Not a good day for Kentucky’s floor general.

Houston player ejected after he seemingly bit another player - ESPN

Not something you see every day.

Troy Polamalu, Edgerrin James lead HOF class - ESPN

Legends of the 2000s.

Lamar Jackson named unanimous MVP - Yahoo

He’s only the second player to be voted MVP unanimously.

Alex Smith says he’s lucky to be alive after gruesome leg injury - CBS

That injury was even worse than what it seemed.