MSU at Ole Miss: Official Game Thread


We’re live at Tad Smith Coliseum, where the Bulldogs and Rebels are about to meet with third place in the SEC Western Division on the line. It’s very simple: Win, and MSU gets that No. 3 seed and plays Georgia in the first round of the SEC Tournament, which starts Thursday. Lose, and it’s a No. 4 seed and a matchup with Vanderbilt. Of course, given the way things have gone in the SEC this year, it’s hard to say if one draw is really easier or tougher than another.

We talked with injured Bulldog Elgin Bailey a few moments ago. He’s on crutches, that right ankle in a boot. More of him later. Speaking of injuries, Ole Miss’ David Huertas is supposed to be a game time decision. He’s warming up now, and even if he doesn’t start, I expect he’ll log some good minutes.

Anyway, to get you ready, take a quick look at my game advance from today’s Daily Journal, and here are the basics:

TV: None.
XM: Channel 201.
Series: MSU leads 133-105.
Last year: MSU won 88-68 in Starkville, Ole Miss won 74-63 in Oxford.
Coaches: Ole Miss – Andy Kennedy (82-50, fourth year; 61-37 in third season at Ole Miss). MSU – Rick Stansbury (226-127 11 years, all at MSU).
Notes: Mississippi’s in-state rivalry is the most-played game in the SEC. … The Rebels last swept the season series in 1998. … Ole Miss is 9-4 in the last 13 Oxford games against MSU. … MSU’s Ravern Johnson is the SEC leader in 3-point percentage at 42.5. … Guard Phil Turner is averaging 8.9 rebounds over the last nine games.

Probable Starters
Ole Miss (16-13, 7-8 SEC)

C-Malcolm White    6-9    So.    6.8p
G – David Huertas    6-5    So.    18.5p*
G – Terrico White    6-5    Fr.    13.2p
G – Zach Graham    6-6    So.    8.3p
F – DeAundre Cranston    6-9    Jr.    3.2p
Top Reserves: G Will Bogan, F Terrance Henry, F Murphy Holloway.
•    – Questionable

Mississippi State (18-12, 8-7 SEC)
C – Jarvis Varnado     6-9    Jr.    13.1
G- Ravern Johnson    6-7    So.    12.6p
G– Dee Bost    6-2    Fr.    11.4p
G – Barry Stewart    6-2    Jr.    11.9p
G – Phil Turner    6-3    So.    8.6p
Top Reserves: F Romero Osby, F Kodi Augustus, G Riley Benock.


103 Responses to “MSU at Ole Miss: Official Game Thread”

  1. Brad Locke Says:

    David Huertas not starting for Ole Miss (bruised foot). But two little-used seniors are. Hey, Senior Day.

  2. Brad Locke Says:

    At 11:49/1st half, Ole Miss leads 18-11. Dee Bost is on the bench with 2 fouls. Or, as the PA guy here calls him, Dee Boast.

  3. darkcooger Says:

    Are they playing like crap? The shooting percentage and rebounding numbers look rough.

  4. leeearl Says:

    19-13….two Ray shots for a tie…Go State!

  5. leeearl Says:

    21-20 …makin’ a comeback

  6. Brad Locke Says:

    Kodi Augustus is showing us something. Nice fast-break dunk to bring MSU within 21-20 at 9:13.

  7. leeearl Says:

    Good for Kodi!

  8. leeearl Says:

    BL you at the game right?

  9. leeearl Says:

    Hang in there State, let’s make a run!!! 33-33

  10. leeearl Says:

    Just can’t get the lead…

  11. Brad Locke Says:

    A rousing sequence that saw Huertas and Stewart trade 3-pointers twice. Anything you can do… Anyway, State three times tied the Rebels but still haven’t led. Ole Miss is up 35-33 with 3:55 to go in the half. Stew about to shoot two at the line.

  12. Brad Locke Says:

    I”m here, dude.

  13. leeearl Says:

    Cool, tks for the update!

  14. leeearl Says:

    tied up again!

  15. leeearl Says:

    I’d plan a big road trip with the family to hit their last game, but the whole family is down with the flu….I gotta work all weekend for the tourney so, hopefully we’ll win the SEC tourney and I’ll hit the NCAA first round no matter where they play :o)

  16. leeearl Says:

    WooHoo, the lead!!!

  17. leeearl Says:

    14pts for Barry!!!

  18. leeearl Says:

    Auburn spanking LSU 67-50

  19. leeearl Says:

    I got 41-39 with 50 secs?

  20. leeearl Says:

    42-42 at the half….

  21. Brad Locke Says:

    Halftime: 42-42.

  22. mathistondawg Says:

    auburn wins big against LSU. 69-53

  23. leeearl Says:

    Well Auburn got their 10th SEC win….

  24. darkcooger Says:

    The stats are incredibly similar. Wow.

  25. mathistondawg Says:

    It looks like we might only get three teams to the dance…. Unless someone comes up big and gets the automatic.

  26. leeearl Says:

    What sux is if we played in the SEC East this year, we’d win the SEC East crown an be in the NCAA tourney….MSU 5-1 against the East, just saying 🙂

  27. Brad Locke Says:

    Halftime stats for MSU:
    • Barry Stewart: 14 points on 3-of-4 shooting (all from 3-point range)
    • Ravern Johnson: 7 points
    • Kodi Augustus: 7 points
    • Bench: 15 points

    Dee Bost played only six minutes in the first half after picking up his second foul. No player has logged more than 14 minutes, and 10 Bulldogs in all have seen action (at least six minutes).

    Rebounds: Ole Miss 16, MSU 15.
    Turnovers: Ole Miss 7, MSU 5.

  28. Brad Locke Says:

    Stewart sits with four, and Ole Miss is ahead 51-48 at 16:16/1st half. Stansbury calls time to talk things over.

  29. leeearl Says:

    Good Lord, 4 fouls? What gives on the fouls?

  30. leeearl Says:

    Good Lord, 4 fouls? What gives?

  31. leeearl Says:

    Whoops sorry….

  32. Brad Locke Says:

    Varnado sits with four fouls.

  33. leeearl Says:

    That’s just part of being an MSU fan huh 🙂
    Always get the tough breaks, we still should win…somebody needs to take over for us!

  34. leeearl Says:

    So, what’s the line-up for us?

  35. mathistondawg Says:

    C’mon dogs – repay em for beating us at the hump!!

  36. leeearl Says:

    yeah, both games without EB 😦

  37. mathistondawg Says:

    CRAP!! Take a TO…………

  38. leeearl Says:

    Can we not drive the lane and get M. White 4 fouls….?

  39. Brad Locke Says:

    Only one starter, Bost, on the floor when we hit the media timeout just now. Ole Miss leads 61-57 with 11:31 to go.

  40. leeearl Says:

    C’mon State!

  41. leeearl Says:

    How did JV get the fouls, were they legit?

  42. Brad Locke Says:

    Stewart’s back. Nice layup there by Bost, who got fouled and can tie it with a free throw. Ole Miss leads 65-64 with 7:55 to go.

  43. Brad Locke Says:

    Hard to say, leeearl. Didn’t look like bad calls.

  44. leeearl Says:

    Gotcha, tks! Just unlike him to get that many fouls…

  45. leeearl Says:

    Way to hit Dee Frosh of the Year!

  46. leeearl Says:

    Go State!!!

  47. leeearl Says:

    Nice run, State! Keep it up!!!

  48. leeearl Says:

    C’mon State, Let’s get some baskets!

  49. leeearl Says:

    Score State, Score!

  50. mathistondawg Says:

    C’mon dogs – finish strong!!

  51. Brad Locke Says:

    We’ve got 3:13 left, MSU leading 71-69. Bulldogs haven’t scored in 3 minutes, tho.

  52. mathistondawg Says:

    where is everybody today? at the game or just don’t care anymore??

  53. leeearl Says:

    Hang on now!

  54. mathistondawg Says:

    big bucket!! 75-69!!!!!!!!

  55. leeearl Says:

    1:50 75-69

  56. darkcooger Says:

    I think ima went to the game, but I don’t know about anyone else. Probably a lot of people burned out or frustrated. Still, they’re our Dawgs!

  57. leeearl Says:

    So, what is Kodi started all year?

  58. mathistondawg Says:

    I know I shouldn’t say it, but I love listening to the rebel band. Love the old hymns and dixie. Gets me fired up.

  59. mathistondawg Says:

    We need another answer this trip.

  60. leeearl Says:

    Let’s win now, no OT!!!! 0-3 in OT 😦

  61. mathistondawg Says:

    We must hit our FT’s down the stretch.

  62. leeearl Says:

    yepper…23-29 so far

  63. leeearl Says:

    I see Barry is out…

  64. leeearl Says:

    run clock run…

  65. mathistondawg Says:

    44 long seconds………….

  66. mathistondawg Says:

    44 long seconds…………

  67. leeearl Says:

    very l o n g…

  68. leeearl Says:

    C’mon STate!!!

  69. mathistondawg Says:

    cmon dogs hit em. please hit em.

  70. leeearl Says:

    Hit those FTs…

  71. Brad Locke Says:

    Ice in his veins: Benock hits two FTs, State leads 81-77 with :21.6 left.

  72. leeearl Says:

    go clock!

  73. leeearl Says:

    Oh man! We got the ball with 4 secs?

  74. leeearl Says:


  75. mathistondawg Says:

    oh my goodness. this could be a horrible situation!!

  76. leeearl Says:

    I got 3 secs now?

  77. mathistondawg Says:

    one to go!!

  78. leeearl Says:

    mathis, what’s up? I got 82-80 with 3 secs?

  79. mathistondawg Says:

    up two and they got it.

  80. leeearl Says:


  81. Brad Locke Says:

    Well, here’s your game: MSU 82, Ole Miss 80, Rebs to inbound with 2.1 seconds left.

  82. leeearl Says:

    Please don’t foul!

  83. mathistondawg Says:

    timeout UofM. they got the ball with 2.1

  84. leeearl Says:

    They at halfcourt?

  85. mathistondawg Says:

    remember valpo?? OMG we could be uofm

  86. leeearl Says:

    No, don’t say that 🙂

  87. mathistondawg Says:

    no, it should be under the basket. however they might put more time on the clock

  88. leeearl Says:

    I remember Butler in the NCAA 😦

  89. leeearl Says:

    WVU in the NIT 😦

  90. mathistondawg Says:

    yes, leaving it at 2.1

  91. leeearl Says:


  92. mathistondawg Says:

    here we go!!!!

  93. leeearl Says:

    C’mon State!!!!

  94. mathistondawg Says:

    bulldogs win!!

  95. leeearl Says:


  96. Brad Locke Says:

    All over. Terrico White’s shot from just inside halfcourt fell short. MSU 82, Ole Miss 80.

  97. leeearl Says:

    Good times, have a g’night Mathiston! Have a safe trip home BL….

  98. mathistondawg Says:

    they had a shot, but it wasn’t close. I love slow dixie!!! especially when we win!!!

  99. darkcooger Says:

    Pshew! Way to go Dawgs!

  100. mathistondawg Says:

    Brad, great way to finish the season. FL and UofM. GO DAWGS!!!! Take care Brad. Look forward to seeing what you have to say tomorrow.

  101. mathistondawg Says:

    wwoooooooo leeearl I love beating em. Seen us blow too many of these. Nice to close it out.

  102. leeearl Says:

    Yep, thank goodness, that was stressful, great win!!

  103. midnightdawg Says:

    let’s ride the wave!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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