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  • Scruff_McGruff_ 5:02 PM on August 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    This Weekend in Mississippi State Sports 

    VOLLEYBALL

    The Lady Dogs have already picked up its first win of the 2010 campaign, defeating Arkansas-Little Rock 25-14, 25-20, 25-21.

    Next up: Austin Peay (8/27) 7:30 pm, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (8/28) 12:30 pm, Montana (8/28) 7:30 pm

    SOCCER

    The women’s soccer team kicks off its home slate at the Starkville Sportsplex against UAB tonight and Southern Miss. on Sunday.

    Next up: UAB (8/27) 7 pm, Southern Miss. (8/29) 1 pm

    Go here to follow the games with live stats.

     
  • Scruff_McGruff_ 9:01 PM on August 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    The Last Decade of SEC Football, According to Facebook (via Chad Gibbs) 

    The Southeastern Conference “keeps up with the Jones'” better than any other conference.

    The Last Decade of SEC Football, According to Facebook Next week we begin a new decade of Southeastern Conference football, but before we do, I thought perhaps you'd like to look back at the previous ten years, Facebook style. And while you're here, how about purchasing my new book, God and Football: Faith and Fanaticism in the SEC. It's as funny as the blog, but you have to pay for it, so you'll appreciate it more. (Oh, and if the picture is a little small, try clicking on it to enlarge) … Read More

    via Chad Gibbs

     
  • Scruff_McGruff_ 4:02 PM on August 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    SEC Predictions 

    Today, I try to look in my crystal ball and predict this season’s Eastern and Western division champions. NOTE!!!! The views of this post reflect only the views of (mr_jbrown) and no other contributing writer to this blog.

    How the media voted at SEC Media Days:

    Eastern Division (First Place Votes)
    1. Florida(153) – 1030
    2. Georgia(15) – 791
    3. South Carolina(8) – 790
    4. Kentucky – 462
    5. Tennessee – 450
    6. Vanderbilt(1) – 194

    Western Division (First Place Votes)
    1. Alabama(157) – 1034
    2. Arkansas(6) – 726
    3. Auburn(10) – 691
    4. LSU(1) – 653
    5. Mississippi State – 320
    6. Ole Miss(3) – 293

    SEC Champion: Alabama (143), Florida (17), Auburn (7), Arkansas (3), Ole Miss (2), Georgia (2), LSU (1), South Carolina (1), Kentucky (1).

    How I see things shaping up.

    East
    1. Florida – 11-1 (7-1)
    2. South Carolina – 9-3 (5-3)
    3. Georgia – 7-5 (4-4)
    4. Kentucky – 6-6 (2-6)
    5. Tennessee – 5-7 (2-6)
    6. Vanderbilt – 1-11 (0-8)

    West
    1. Alabama – 11-1 (7-1)
    2. Arkansas – 10-2 (6-2)
    3. Auburn – 9-3 (5-3)
    4. LSU – 6-6 (4-4)
    5. Mississippi State – 7-5 (4-4)
    6. Ole Miss – 6-6 (2-6)

    SEC Champion: Alabama – The loss of so many defensive starters concern me. If the Tide can stay healthy throughout the season, the defense will have had enough games under their belt to not crumple under the pressure of the Georgia Dome lights.

     
  • Scruff_McGruff_ 8:50 PM on May 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    2010-2011 Basketball Bulldogs – Behind the Numbers 

    2009-2010 Stats

    • Record: 24-12 (9-7 SEC) T-1st
    • Scoring Offense: 72.8 (7th)
    • Scoring Defense: 64.9 (2nd)
    • Rebound Margin:  39.1 – 37.1 (+2.0) (4th)
    • Turnover Margin: 12.7 – 11.4 (-1.28) (11th)
    • Assist/Turnover Ratio: 1.01 (6th)

    Starters Returning/Lost: 2/3

    Players leaving:

    • Jarvis Varnado – Graduation
    • Barry Stewart – Graduation
    • Dee Bost – NBA Draft early entry
    • Romero Osby – Transfer (Oklahoma)

    Newcomers:

    • Brian Bryant, PG – Niceville, FL (Northwest Florida CC)
    • Jalen Steele, SG – Knoxville, TN (Fulton HS)

    Returning Statistical Leaders:

    • Points – Ravern Johnson (13.2 PPG)
    • Rebounds – Kodi Augustus (5.4 RPG)
    • Assists – Phil Turner (1.4 APG)
     
  • Scruff_McGruff_ 2:14 AM on March 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    2010 SEC Tournament Preview 

    The 2010 SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament kicks off in less than 12 hours. Will Kentucky add a tournament championship to its regular-season championship? Will Mississippi State repeat? Will another team make it four games in four days for the third year in a row?

    First Round

    (E5) South Carolina vs. (W4) Alabama – The eastern division utterly dominated the west this season. I expect that trend to continue in the tournament. This game could be the rare exception. South Carolina goes how Devan Downey goes. When he is on, the Gamecocks can hang with any team in the conference, as evident by their win over Kentucky. Alabama will bring that defensive toughness that can get you far in the tourney. Will the Tide be able to slow down Downey? Winner: Alabama

    (W6) LSU vs. (E3) Tennessee – LSU was the worst team in the SEC this season. Bruce Pearl will turn up the defense in an attempt to put the game out of reach early. Trent Johnson will work a slow, methodical pace to hide his lack of depth. In the end, Tennessee wins easily. Winner: Tennessee

    (W5) Auburn vs. (E4) Florida – Auburn’s play is a bit unpredictable at times. It is a mystery which team will show up. Florida is not quite on the bubble, but they can’t afford to give the selection committee a reason to not put the Gators in the field of 65. Winner: Florida

    (E6) Georgia vs. (W3) Arkansas – Arkansas got off to a slow start but came around when Courtney Fortson joined the team. Georgia is the best 6-seed in the history of the tournament, even better than the 2008 team that won it all. They’ve beaten Tennessee, Illinois, and Georgia Tech. Arkansas cannot afford to bring anything less than 100%. Winner: Arkansas

    Quarterfinals

    (W4) Alabama vs. (E1) Kentucky – Kentucky is head-and-shoulders better than everyone on its side of the bracket except for Tennessee. John Calipari is in unfamiliar territory. The SEC tournament is a different kind of beast. He was able to dominate the Conference USA tournaments. He will get Alabama’s best shot but should be able to win convincingly if he keeps his freshman-laden team focused. Winner: Kentucky

    (E3) Tennessee vs. (W2) Ole Miss – Andy Kennedy has proven he can put talented teams on the court. He has not proven he can win when it counts, in conference play and in the conference tournament. Ole Miss has the talent to knock off Tennessee, but the Rebels lack the clutch in the coaching department to make a run for the tournament crown. Winner: Tennessee

    (E4) Florida vs. (W1) Mississippi State – Mississippi State showed it can play with every team in the SEC until the debacle on Senior Day against Tennessee. The Bulldogs lost to Florida by 9 in Gainesville. On a neutral site, MSU should be able to close that scoring gap and come away with a win. Winner: Mississippi State

    (W3) Arkansas vs. (E2) Vanderbilt – Kevin Stallings, 2010 SEC Coach of the Year, has done a masterful job with a Vanderbilt team that did not make the NCAA Tournament last season. He took the same squad, and in one year’s time, turned them into a true threat to make a deep run in the Big Dance. Arkansas can score, but will they be able to be as efficient as Vandy? Winner: Vanderbilt

    Semifinals

    (E3) Tennessee vs. (E1) Kentucky – Kentucky will be looking to get some revenge from their last meeting, which Tennessee won. Each team won on its home floor. In a neutral-site game, I go with the team with more talent. That team is Kentucky. In addition to having more talent, UK will only have one game of fatigue on them as compared to UT’s two games. Winner: Kentucky

    (E2) Vanderbilt vs. (W1) Mississippi State – In their previous meeting, Mississippi State shot the ball horrendously from three, but still found a way to be in the game and lose by only three points. Barring foul troule and another poor shooting night, MSU should be able to come out on the winning end. Winner: Mississippi State

    Finals

    (W1) Mississippi State vs. (E1) Kentucky – It took overtime and some very questionable officiating for Kentucky to leave the Humphrey Coliseum with a win February 16. Neither team played their absolute best on that evening, but Kentucky was able to utilize its height and length advantage to out-block MSU. Kentucky is the better team overall, but the winner will be the better team for those 40 minutes. Winner: Kentucky

     
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    • Ryan 10:22 AM on February 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Rough loss for MSU. Playing an elite level team down to the wire demonstrates how good they can be. At least a few NBA prospects on the roster.

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