2017 is gone, and 2018 is here. That means it’s the time for New Year’s Resolutions. And while we all try to make goals for ourselves individually, why not do the same for the programs we love at Mississippi State.
Mississippi State Men’s Basketball
Make the NIT Tournament
Let’s start off relatively small with the Men’s Basketball team. It’s been a long time since we got any real enjoyment from the Men’s team, but a realistic goal is to make the NIT for this team.
The team has a 12-1 record, and that would normally be a great start for a team to get into the NCAA Tournament. But the team took on a really soft schedule in the nonconference portion and would need a stellar run in SEC play to get to the NCAA Tournament.
Their RPI is currently 74, and it should go up simply by playing better competition in SEC play. If the team can win seven games in SEC play and get a win or two in the SEC Tournament, their RPI could be around 60 and have a really nice chance of getting in the NIT.
Mississippi State Women’s Basketball
Win the school’s first national tile
From simple to extremely ambitious, the Mississippi State Women’s Basketball team could do what they came so close to last year. This team’s resolution needs to be to win a National Championship.
The Women’s team is undefeated and should stay that way until at least the play South Carolina on February 5th. And with the development of Teaira McCowan into one of the most dominant players in the country, and Victoria Vivians making a massive leap forward with her accuracy, this might be the year they get over their Gamecock hump and win the whole dang thing.
Mississippi State Baseball
Imagine what last year’s team that made it to a Super Regional could have done if they had a healthy pitching staff. That’s all I’m asking for when the Mississippi State baseball team takes the field this year.
The team has a chance to be really good, even if they have to replace a once in a generation player like Brent Rooker. Andy Cannizaro will get some of the pitchers who were lost last season back, and it will give the team a chance to compete even more so than they did last year.
Mississippi State Football
Win 10 games
The football team will return most of the production from its 2017 team which won 9 games after their win over Louisville in the TaxSlayer Bowl. The schedule should get easier with Georgia coming off the schedule, and you-know-who comes on the schedule on September 29th.
The future is bright for this team, and Joe Moorhead should be chomping at the bit to get this team on the field for Spring Practice an start installing some of his offense for the 2018 season. He’ll have a stacked team for his first season and it should be fun to watch.