Sunday Night Reflections

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It’s been a wonderfully relaxing Sunday for me, hanging out with my kids and parents and grandparents and various and sundry cousins. It’ll be a while before I can catch my breath like this again, though. Parrish Alford and I leave Tuesday for Tampa – yes, we’re driving it (ugh) – for the SEC Tournament. Mississippi State, the No. 3 West seed, will take on Georgia (East No. 6) at 2:15 p.m. Thursday at the St. Pete Times Forum. Here is Championship Central, where you can find the bracket, ticket info, etc.

MSU got its seeding, of course, by beating Ole Miss yesterday, 82-80, in a whale of a game. One of the best I’ve seen this year, and that’s saying something, considering the double-overtime affairs State’s been in. In case you haven’t read them yet, here are the stories from the game in today’s Daily Journal:

Game story

My column (on Kodi Augustus)

Notebook

Prior to the game, a few of us media folks spoke with sophomore Elgin Bailey, who dislocated his right ankle in Wednesday’s game against Florida. He’s in a cast right now and will get a new one Tuesday. So how’s he holding up? “Everything’s good right now, just at night has been the problem, when I’m getting ready to go to sleep,” he said with a smile.

Things are better than they were when he went up for that rebound with just over 8 minutes left in the Florida game. He landed on someobody’s foot and heard a popping sound. When he looked at it, his thought was, “‘Oh, s—!’ It didn’t hurt, just the shock. I wasn’t in that much pain, just the shock got to me. I’ve seen it before, but I never thought it would happen to me.”

Not in much pain? Well, he sure was when they popped it back into place in the locker room. Or at least, he should’ve been in pain, but trainer Scotty Johnson was stunned by Bailey’s calm demeanor. “There’s no way you can sit there,” Johnson later told basketball SID Gregg Ellis, “if somebody pops your ankle back into place, that it doesn’t hurt.” Johnson said Bailey has “unbelievable” pain tolerance.

One more thing, your stat of the day: The last time the visiting team won both games in the Ole Miss-MSU men’s basketball series was 1955. Of course, it happened again this year.

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2 Responses to “Sunday Night Reflections”

  1. jcdawgman18 Says:

    The quote from Barry tells the story of Kodi:
    “If he’s going hard….”

    The last little while, Kodi has started to go hard, and the results have followed accordingly.

  2. imabulldog Says:

    Man he had some strong dunks in the OM game. They called one back because in ‘real’ time-it looked like he travelled, but in slow-mo I don’t think he did

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