Hoops: Not Dead Yet

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At the risk of blowing smoke, let me say that Mississippi State’s NCAA tournament hopes are not dead yet. On life support, yes, but not dead. They’re like the old dude in “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” in that one more blow could finish the Bulldogs. Maybe the Alabama loss was that blow, but I don’t think so.

MSU is still second in the SEC Western Division at 7-5. But right on its heels are Auburn and Ole Miss at 6-6. State has lost to both teams, but one meeting with each awaits (Auburn on Saturday, Ole Miss in the March 7 season finale). The Bulldogs’ other two remaining games are against Eastern foes Tennessee (7-5) on Wednesday and Florida (8-4) on March 4. The Gators are co-leaders of the East along with Kentucky and South Carolina, teams that MSU has defeated.

So what MSU is playing for right now is a high SEC Tournament seed. As an at-large NCAA berth is unlikely ā€“ that 85 RPI is an eyesore ā€“ State’s best hope lies in getting a good draw and making a run to the SEC title. It’s just that simple. Making it to the championship game and losing? Probably not good enough.

Finishing second in the West means a bye in the first round of the SEC Tournament. That means one less game to play and, of course, increases the chances of getting to and winning that title game. There you go. They’re not dead yet.

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12 Responses to “Hoops: Not Dead Yet”

  1. BirdZ! Says:

    Dead. As much as I would like to hope we can make a run in the SECT, the Dawgs are done.

  2. imabulldog Says:

    I agree to an extent BL,

    Especially with what you said about the SEC tourney. State VERY well could get a lucky draw and find themselves in games where they are clearly the better team. BUT, then they actually have to go out and SHOW it…which has been a problem. I really wouldn’t say the SEC is down this yr as so many say. I just think that we only now seeing UK come into their own, and ESPN’s and the Media’s favorite-UT has sucked this yr.

    When you look at the SEC, you see that USC and Auburn have improved, and OM, Bama, and Vandy are still competitive. And we have hurt each other more this yr than in recent years.

    But, when you look at the Media and ESPN, and they are talking about teams like Notre Dame getting in, who’ve lost like 3 more games than us, and have a sucky conference record…whatever. Just like the love affair with other things, or ‘certain’ people in office šŸ™‚

    State could very well make a run for it, but only if they leave Tampa with the “Nets”

  3. markillas44 Says:

    as much as i hate to admit i think the dawgs are done. anyone remember the SEC tourney last year? could’ve made the title game with a win over UGA who played two games in one day…couldn’t get it done and this team is younger and much more prone to an ‘off game’ than last year’s team. having said that…this team is as dangerous as any if they get hot so i’m not totally dismissing it but the odds are not in the dawgs favor.

  4. leeearl Says:

    We’re done….I hope not, but just not likely, at this point my glass is half empty, first time this year….Go Dogs!!!

  5. deaddawg1 Says:

    That second loss to LSU has taken its toll. Season is all but over. Better start looking to next year.

  6. db33 Says:

    We’re on life support Brad, but I don’t think we’re at the “must win the SEC tourney” stage yet.

    Right now at 17-10, we can still finish 21-10, 11-5 in the SEC. Yes, winning these last 4 games would be very tough, but it’s not impossible.

    If the Dogs accomplish that, they will likely finish no worse than tied for 2nd best in the SEC behind LSU. They will have beaten EVERY SINGLE EASTERN DIV. TEAM. Nobody but maybe LSU would be able to claim that. Plus, the Dogs will have closed winning 5 of their last 6, the one lost being double OT on the road.

    No 10-6 SEC team has ever failed to make the big dance much less an 11-5 team.

    Win 4 straight and I think deserve to be in REGARDLESS of what happens at the SEC tourney.

    All starts in Knoxville.

  7. imabulldog Says:

    good points db33

  8. imabulldog Says:

    slow day for me too BL, and I actually thought I had a good topic up :/

  9. midnightdawg Says:

    db, I agree with what you’re saying. Just think we have a better chance of running the table in the SEC tourney than our remaining schedule. Obviously, winning the tourney is a definite ticket to the dance, but winning the rest of our games isn’t. Tourney is our best shot. Hope we’re building to a cresendo (sp) for that

  10. imabulldog Says:

    for the record-Slive and the SEC front office are idiots for having the tourney in Tampa. All it’ll take is one year, a record drop in ticket sales and then no more…hopefully

  11. s084swd Says:

    We’re definitely not dead yet. We are getting very close though. Tennessee’s going to be tough, but I believe we can win it. However, I was on Yahoo sports earlier and read where we have the next to lowest FG% in conference play. Only Georgia is worse. That’s pretty bad. It might be because of this four guard lineup we’ve been running. When we really needed a FG against AL and LSU in overtime we didn’t get it. We need to be sure to get the ball to the right people in the right situations to take the best shot. At this point in the season, the FG% for both Bost and Stewart are in the mid-30s. Ravern is in the mid-40s and so is Turner’s. Varnado is in the mid-50s. Osby and Bailey are also in the 40s. I like Stewart, but he’s just not a consistent reliable FG shooter. However, I think it’s tough to go in the post with his size and strength. When I was listening to the AL game, it sounded like Bailey was open a time or two but he didn’t get the ball. Anyway, shame Bailey can’t start with Varnado to strengthen our post presence and FG%. Well, lets hope the next couple weeks are better than the last. We’ll see.

  12. leeearl Says:

    if we win out and make the SEC tourney championship game and don’t get spanked, we should be in, but it won’t happen….

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