02 March 2011
Bud Walton Arena used to be a place of horrors for MSU Basketball teams of the past, but 3of the last 4 visits for the Bulldogs have turned out quite nice. State rode the hot shooting of Ravern Johnson and Kodi Augustus, made their FT's, and protected the basketball, on their way to a 88-78 win over Arkansas. The Bulldogs trailed the Hogs by 4 at the half, 39-35, but outscored the home team 53-39 in the 2nd Half. Both teams traded punches throughout the early part of the 2nd period, but shortly after Arkansas claimed a 60-58 lead, MSU caught fire on a 15-3run. Augustus led the charge during that stretch, and posted 21 of his 23 points in the final 20 minutes. Ravern Johnson scored a team high 25, hitting 5 of 8 shots from 3. Renardo Sidney, who has the ability to fade into the background at times, came away with a quiet 14 and 7. Only 3 Dawgs scored in double figures, but Riley Benock- 8 pts, Dee Bost- 9, and Brian Bryant-8, were within reach. Last night's win sealed a 2nd Place SEC West finish for MSU and capped off a season sweep of the Hogs.
Not much else to talk about here, especially on a night when MSU did almost everything right, topping Arkansas in just about every stat column. The only area that the Hogs topped the Dawgs was in 3 pt Shooting. Here's the breakdown...
FG%: MSU 49% Ark 45%
3 Pt %: Ark 50% MSU 40%
FT %: MSU 80% Ark 75%
Reb: MSU 31 Ark 29
Ast: MSU 15 Ark 14
Stl: MSU 6 Ark 4
Turnovers: MSU 8 Ark 12
A team who has lacked character throughout the season, has come away with 2 HUGE road wins, and has earned their much needed bye in the SEC Tourney. This is the type of play that I am happy with, mainly because we could have been playing this way ALL ALONG. Let's just hope we can make a run in Atlanta. 2011 SEC Tournament Champions has a nice ring to it.
Mullen Ready for Spring Ball, Roster Update, TSUN Quip
-Chad Bumphis is "full go" according to Mullen.
-Big James Carmon, who played DT last season, has been moved to LT on the O-Line
-Tobias Smith will not participate in Spring Ball (s-houlder surgery).
-The QB race will be "wide-open" according to Mullen.
-TE Marcus Green, OL Sam Watts,and DL Curtis Virges will be 'limited'.
-Mullen has complete confidence in his new coaches, Angelo Mirando (New WR Coach) and Geoff Collins (New Co-Def. Coordinator)
-Mullen: "Not seeing Pernell McPhee, K.J. Wright and Chris White are going to have me a lot more concerned than any lack of coaches or different coaches out there on the field."
-Mullen's reaction to TSUN's new Egg Bowl banner: “That’s kind of cool for them. We actually have a trophy that’s ours. We didn’t need the banner this year.”
Have I mentioned that I have a man-crush on our Football Coach. Gotta love Dan! Well, unless you are a member of TSUN's camp...a sad camp, I might add. That shows you right there that Boone has turned up the heat on Nutt's seat. TSUN has tried to act as if the Egg and the rivalry hasn't mattered the past 4 or 5 years, but now it's the 800 lb gorilla in the middle of the room and it's staring right at Nutt. Eat it Houston! That poster, will be in the garbage can that's in the background of the picture, after this season's whoopin'.
New Bulldog Announcer?
Buzzard brought it up last night, as to WHO should be MSU's newest announcer? Jim Ellis, Steve Ellis, Bart Gregory, and Matt Wyatt are some of the options. I myself would like to see Matt Wyatt become the newest addition. Matt has great insight, can break an entire game or play down for you, and has a passion for MSU sports. Gregory does a good job, but I look for Jim Ellis to retain his post on all 3 sports. Your thoughts here?
Is MSU's Basketball Team a legit contender for the SEC Tourney?
How about those Black Uniforms? Sweet!
Your thoughts on Spring Football?
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