Jessica Hill, File, Associated Press
FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2011 file photo, Arkansas coach Mike Anderson calls out to his team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Connecticut in Hartford, Conn. Anderson likes what he's seen during a six-game winning streak.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas' standout group of four freshmen is about to experience Southeastern Conference play for the first time.

The Razorbacks (11-3) open SEC play against No. 15 Mississippi State on Saturday night. Arkansas has won six straight after back-to-back losses to Connecticut and Oklahoma last month, and Razorbacks coach Mike Anderson hopes the experience has paid off.

Arkansas was 18-13 overall last season, finishing 7-9 in SEC play and missing the NCAA tournament for the third straight year. The Razorbacks have finished with a winning record in the SEC only twice since the 2000-01 season.

BJ Young leads Arkansas with 14.1 points per game.

The Bulldogs (13-2) are led by senior guard Dee Bost (15.9 ppg) and junior forward Arnett Moultrie, who averages 16.8 points and 11.4 rebounds per game.