STARKVILLE, Miss. — It isn't surprising that Mississippi State is one of the better teams in the Southeastern Conference.
The fact that Arnett Moultrie has become the Bulldogs' best player is more of a stunner.
The Texas-El Paso transfer was expected to be a quality addition after sitting out last season because of transfer rules, but few predicted the 6-foot-11 junior would be among the SEC's best players. He's averaging 16.5 points and grabbing a league-leading 10.9 rebounds per game.
No. 18 Mississippi State is one of just three nationally-ranked teams in the SEC as two crucial road games against in-state rival Ole Miss and Vanderbilt loom this week. The fast start has allowed the Bulldogs to maintain their status as a darkhorse contender for a conference title.