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Going after the Gators: MSU attempts to knock off nation's third-ranked team

January 29, 2014

Mississippi State's Roquez Johnson (25) and Starkville native Gavin Ware (20) guard against Florida's Scottie Wilbekin (5) and Will Yeguete (15) during last season's meeting in Starkville. (SDN file photo)

In Rick Ray's first two meetings with Florida, things haven't gone well.
The Mississippi State head coach saw his team drop an 82-47 decision in Starkville and an 83-58 game in Gainesville, Fla.
The Bulldogs (13-6, 3-3) look to correct that tonight and win their 400th game in Humphrey Coliseum history when the No. 3 Gators (17-2, 6-0) come calling. Tipoff is set for 6:02 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN2.
"It's going to be hard to get healthy at home against them," Ray said. "They're such a well-coached ball club, such a veteran ball club and they just really play well. We have to be up to the task here against Florida."
The Bulldogs have lost three-straight to the Gators, but haven't lost four-straight in the series since losing 12-straight from 1984-89.
MSU hasn't lost back-to-back games to Florida in the Hump since dropping games in 2001 and 2003.
Under Ray, the Bulldogs are 0-5 against ranked opponents. The last win over a ranked team came on Nov. 18, 2011. MSU beat No. 15 Arizona that day. 

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