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Good morning, Stark Vegas: Reality check

Mississippi State basketball falls for the first time this season.

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Good morning, Stark Vegas! Nobody’s perfect, but men’s basketball suffered its first loss of the season yesterday. It wasn’t pretty for a while and should serve as a good gut-check before they take the court again. On the bright side, football got a commit!

Football picks up JUCO commit

The No. 2 WR coming out of JUCO’s 2019 class committed to State. Three-star JaVonta Payton announced on Twitter that he was “Committed to Mississippi”, but meant State. He’s a good get, coming in at 6-feet-2-inches, and chose MSU over Ole Miss.

MBB’s late comeback falls short to Arizona State

Down by 18 at some point, the Bulldogs came roaring back but ultimately fell short 72-67. Four players scored in the double digits and Aric Holman had 22 points and 10 rebounds. The team went 2-for-15 from 3 in the first half. That’s not good. Luckily, they shot 40% from downtown in the second half. They’ll have a chance to bounce back on Wednesday against St. Mary’s.

That was the only State-related athletic event yesterday, so let’s go ahead and get into the national stuff.

Villanova drops out of the AP Poll for the first time since 2013

I had to double check that I read this correctly. It’s been five years since they weren’t ranked. Two national championships later and the Wildcats finally fall out. That’s what a blowout loss at home to Michigan and a loss to Furman in the same week does, though.

Duke is so good

Listen, Duke will lose at some point. They play in the ACC, one of the toughest conferences in the country, and will face different teams that throw different things. But let’s enjoy this, the Blue Devils are something special to watch. Not only are they performing, but they’re having fun while doing so. It’s going to be interesting once conference play hits.

Per sources, Urban Meyer will retire at the end of this year

... According to Colin Cowherd. A lot of people wouldn’t be shocked if he does, though. If you watch him on the sidelines during games, he seems different. Since Cowherd said this, I wouldn’t bank on it being true, but it’s an interesting topic to talk about.

Los Angeles Rams outlast Kansas City 54-51

Some are labeling this as the greatest NFL game of all time. Jared Goff threw for 413 yards and 4 TDs, while Mahomes had 6 TDs and 3 interceptions. It’s safe to say that people want to see a rematch in February.

That’s all for today. Have a good day and Hail State!