On the Links: Postseason Hoops; Aloha

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Neither Mississippi State nor Ole Miss are likely to make the NCAA tournament, and even the NIT is no lock. As I write in today’s Daily Journal, though, there are other options once the SEC Tournament’s over. There is the second annual College Basketball Invitational, and the inaugural CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. Both are 16-team events. But would the Bulldogs or Rebels – who meet Saturday – be interested? State AD Greg Byrne was pretty vague, saying, “We’re going to do what’s best for our basketball program, and that’s obviously a combination of experience for our student-athletes and financial parameters, too.”

Ole Miss AD Pete Boone was stronger in his comments, though. Among other reasons, he said Ole Miss would have “no interest” in anything below the NIT because, “What are you trying to accomplish? The season has obviously been less than successful by most people’s standards.”

I also spoke with former coaches Jim Phelan and Rich Zvosec, who are on the CollegeInsider.com selection committee, and Dan Loney, communications director for the Gazelle Group, which runs the CBI. Give it a read.

If you went to bed early, then you woke up wondering how MSU’s women’s basketball team fared in the first round of the SEC Tournament in North Little Rock. Well, the Lady Bulldogs beat South Carolina, 49-39. State climbed out of an 18-0 hole; it didn’t score its first points until the 9:30 mark of the first half. Alexis Rack led State with 12 points. MSU, the No. 6 seed, plays No. 3 LSU today in another 9 p.m. start.

Playing even later into the night were the baseball Bulldogs. Well, late for us. They beat Hawaii 3-1 in the first of four games against the Warriors. Starter Tyler Whitney (1-0) allowed one run on three hits in 6.2 innings, and Chad Crosswhite earned his third save. MSU is now 8-1.

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One Response to “On the Links: Postseason Hoops; Aloha”

  1. darkcooger Says:

    That was such a good game last night. Our girls were VERY aggressive on defense. I was amazed how long it took to score, but once they finally started, it was all about the Dawgs. Way to go, girls!

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