There is no sugar coating this one: Mississippi State was just blown out by a team that previously had 1 win against another Division I team. From the opening tip McNeese St just wanted the game more as the whole team came out with more intensity and the Bulldogs were out coached, out played and out muscled.
McNeese State came into this game shooting around 29% from behind the arc on the season, but in the Hump the skies opened up and the Cowboys rained down three pointers, hitting on 47% of their attempts. According to the box score there were few very things that McNeese State did poorly; they hit more shots (26 to 18), made more threes (8-4), had more assists (15-6), and according to the eye test they were just the better team.
This game is another disappointing loss in the third season of Rick Ray and unless there is a miracle turn around in SEC play, it is hard to imagine him being here after the conclusion of the season. When you combine a 19 game road game losing streak and home losses to Arkansas St and McNeese St, it is hard to see the visible progress one would expect to see in Rick Ray's third season.
The 19 point win by the Cowboys is actually the Bulldogs largest defeat of the season so far. Combine being out rebounded 30 to 21 and a woeful 42% shooting performance, the 47 points produced by Mississippi State is the fewest of the season by the Bulldogs. Now was not the best time for Mississippi State to lose their offensive mojo as they are less than a week away from the start of SEC play, but even more worrisome for MSU is their final OOC opponent, a very tall and athletic Florida State squad.
Next Up: Florida State Seminoles @ The Hump - January 2nd, 7 CST