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Reviewing MSU's performance last week and preparing you, the reader, for the upcoming week's worth of games.
Each week from here on out, we will take a look on Monday at the previous week's results, as well as what is upcoming this week for the MSU men's basketball team.
Review | vs. Alabama (L, 75-43), @ Tennessee (L, 72-57)
- Alabama - Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - Alabama 75, Mississippi State 43
"I was disappointed in how we competed," MSU head coach Rick Ray said. "You could tell in practice the last couple of days, the kids were satisfied with the 2-0 start (in SEC play). For the first time this year, I was disappointed in our competitive nature. We have beaten on the floor in some games, but I thought we always competed."
"In this game, we played as individuals. As individuals, we are not very good." (quote via HailState.com)
- Tennessee - Saturday, January 19, 2013 - Tennessee 72, Mississippi State 57
Mississippi State again played a close game in the first half Saturday, only to see the game slip away from them late. The Bulldogs simply could not contain Tennessee on the inside, as again State's lack of height in the low post plagued them on the defensive end. Jarnell Stokes poured in 18 points to go with 11 rebounds for the Volunteers, and that was enough to give the orange and white the 72-57 win Saturday afternoon in Knoxville.
Weekly results - 0 wins, 2 losses
Season record to date - 7-9, 2-2 SEC
Flat Top Fred Hair Ranking
This week was a disappointment for MSU, seeing their 2-0 SEC start fall to a 2-2 record after double digit losses to both Alabama and Tennessee. The Bulldogs did play much better in the Tennessee game Saturday following Wednesday's blowout loss to Alabama at home, so there is some positive to take away from the week. We will give State the Flat Top 2 ranking for this week; not the lowest ranking, but due to taking two losses on the week, we can't go up to three either. (For reference, here's the highest rating, Flat Top 5)
(flat top pics via robnoladog)
Preview | @ Arkansas (Wed, Jan 23), vs. Florida (Sat, Jan 26)
- Arkansas - Fayetteville, Arkansas - Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 8p.m. - TV: CSS
- Florida - Starkville, Mississippi - Saturday, January 26, 2013 - 4p.m. TV: FSN