Basketball Bulldogs To Be Reckoned With

While the Mississippi State University football team continues to grasp
for any form of success, the Bulldog basketball team continues to win.
At the friendly confines of Humphrey Coliseum or on the road, it
doesn’t seem to matter.


By BRAD LOGAN
While the Mississippi State University football team continues to grasp for any form of success, the Bulldog basketball team continues to win. At the friendly confines of Humphrey Coliseum or on the road, it doesn’t seem to matter.
The Bulldog cagers handed Arkansas only its second loss of the season this past Saturday, 70-56, a game many didn’t see the Dogs having a chance in. It was only the third win at Bud Walton Arena in the history of the rivalry. This was no fluke.
This did not hinge on a few close foul calls. This was a game MSU dominated from the opening tip. MSU is now a force in the SEC and soon will be a force in the country.
brad logan.jpgPublic address announcer for MSU, Hank Flick, is remembered for announcing former head coach Richard Williams during his run at MSU as, “simply the best.” The moniker will have to be added to Stansbury soon and with good reason. The Louisville, Kentucky native needs only two SEC wins to eclipse Williams, with 89, as the career leader. The task will continue tonight (Wednesday) against Alabama in Starkville.
Stansbury has quietly guided Mississippi State to post season play in eight of his 10 seasons as head coach, grabbing four SEC Western Division titles and one SEC title capping off the 2003-2004 season.
He spent eight years prior as an assistant at MSU, heavily entrenched in the recruiting circuit. Serving as head coach, the recruiting has not changed. MSU continues to pull top recruits to Starkville and none more prevalent than Freshman Dee Bost.
This week’s SEC Freshman of the Week, Bost poured in 17-points in the win over the Hogs and looks to play a vital role this season for MSU.
A team decimated by graduation, MSU has looked for a number of newcomers this season.
The Bulldogs are getting quality minutes from forward Ravern Johnson, guard Phil Turner and forward Romero Osby. Their services will be needed to spell sharp-shooter Guard Barry Stewart, who added 17-points in the win, and the block machine center Jarvis Varnado.
Talented Sophomore Kodi Augustus has yet to see substantial minutes. He is expected to be a contributor as the season progresses.
With games at home against Alabama and Vanderbilt on Saturday, MSU has the possibility to open the season strong. With Tampa, Florida, the site of the 2009 SEC Basketball Tournament, less than 60 days away, the Bulldogs will be more seasoned than the team now. It hasn’t seemed to be an issue at all so far.
You can email Brad Logan at blogan80@yahoo.com
or visit www.bradlogansports.blogspot.com

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