Matt Jones is the online sports editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and Northwest Arkansas Newspapers. He and his wife live in Fayetteville.
Hogs look to end record streak
Arkansas has lost 12 straight at Mississippi State
Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson reacts after an official called a foul on one his players in the first half of an NCAA college basketball against Vanderbilt game Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
FAYETTEVILLE Arkansas will play at Mississippi State on Saturday attempting to end the school's longest current losing streak at any venue.
The Razorbacks have lost 12 straight games at Humphrey Coliseum and haven't won a game there since 2000. Few of the games have been competitive with Arkansas losing by an average of 14 points per game during the losing streak.
Arkansas' Longest Road Losing Streaks
Mississippi State 12
South Carolina 6
"They play well," said Arkansas coach Mike Anderson, who was a Razorbacks assistant the last time the program won in Starkville. "My first year (as a head coach) here they were a very talented basketball team. That's life on the road. You've got to be able to impose your will, so to speak, and evidently we haven't done that in the past there."
Coming off its fourth win in five games, Arkansas seems to have its best chance for a win at Mississippi State in quite some time. The Bulldogs have lost eight straight games overall, including three straight at home to Georgia by 20 points, Kentucky by 10 points and Florida by 11 points.
Despite a 1-5 road record, the Razorbacks have been more competitive away from Bud Walton Arena in recent weeks. Arkansas beat Vanderbilt on the road two weeks ago and lost a one-point game at Missouri last Thursday.
"They've got a lot of young players," Anderson said. "With that being said we're going to get their best shot. They've played well at home and played in some tough games, some games that they've led.
"I just think they're going to play hungry and we've got to play hungry as well."