6 THINGS TO NOTE AS MSU PLAYS ARIZONA
In their fourth trip at Madison Square Garden, the Bulldogs are 3-2 all-time following
Thursday’s win against No. 18 Texas A&M. Prior to Thursday, the Bulldogs’ last ap-
pearance at MSG resulted in a 63-62 loss to West Virginia in the 2007 NIT semiﬁnals.
In MSU’s ﬁ rst appearance at the Garden, the 22nd-ranked Bulldogs upended No. 11
Xavier, 76-71, on Dec. 14, 2002. In the 2004 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, No. 12 MSU
dropped a 71-58 affair to No. 5 Syracuse before knocking off St. Mary’s 67-54 in the
Rick Stansbury currently ranks 11th in the SEC with 275 wins, ﬁ ve behind Ray Mears
(Tennessee) and Roy Skinner (Vanderbilt) for the 9th most.
Texas A&M was the ﬁrst ranked team MSU defeated since it beat No. 24 Florida last year
at Humphrey Coliseum, 71-64. Under Rick Stansbury, the Bulldogs are now 21-50
against ranked teams, including a 9-12 mark on neutral courts. Against teams ranked No.
15, the Bulldogs are 1-3. The last time MSU defeated ranked teams two-straight times
was in 2004 at No. 17 Florida (79-68) and at No. 22 South Carolina (79-75, OT).
With his 10 points against the Aggies, Rodney Hood became the ﬁ rst true freshman
to score in double-digits in his ﬁ rst four games wearing the Maroon & White since Rickey
Brown in 1976-77, when he opened his career scoring in double-digits 12-straight
Dee Bost, who was tabbed preseason ﬁ rst-team All-SEC in the media and coaches
polls, is now just 53 assists shy of breaking the school record of 514 held by Derrick
The last time MSU and Arizona met was in 2004 John Wooden