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Mississippi State Basketball: SEC Champions or BUST

Is there any hope for the Mississippi State men’s basketball team going into Tournament Season?

Mississippi State v Arkansas Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

After a painful loss to the South Carolina Gamecocks on Tuesday night, it seemed that all hope for the NCAA Tournament was lost. In which it may be, that doesn’t mean the Bulldogs don’t have a chance at winning the SEC Basketball Tournament next week.

The Bulldogs have competed with just about every SEC team (except that one night in Oxford). Obviously, the Bulldogs aren’t on their hottest streak of the season right now, but let’s just say the Bulldogs dominate the Ole Miss Rebels on Saturday. You’re looking at going into next week with high hopes (insert tunes here) of moving forward in the SEC Tournament.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: DEC 15 South Carolina at Clemson Photo by John Byrum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Tyson Carter was the only player that showed up on Tuesday vs. South Carolina. This can’t happen moving forward. The Bulldogs must play as a unit, not just on Saturday, but ALL of next week during the tournament.

Mississippi State v Kentucky Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images

Reggie Perry must get the ball and must get fouled. The Dawgs play their best game when he gets the ball down low and gets their opponent in foul trouble.

Weatherspoon, Woodard, and Ado are going to have to be on their defensive game. Their defense plays a huge, if not the biggest, role for this team. Ado needs to shut down anything in his lane, and it wouldn’t be such a bad idea to stick Nick Weatherspoon on Breein Tyree the entire game tomorrow.

Mississippi State v Arkansas Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

In conclusion, the Mississippi State Bulldogs must win out. By winning out, they have to win the SEC Basketball Tournament. It won’t be an easy task, but it is also doable. Even with a trip to the championship game and a loss, it’s unlikely the Bulldog will make the NCAA Tournament on Selection Sunday.