Mississippi State Bulldogs basketball

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This article is about the men's basketball team at Mississippi State University. The women's basketball team is known as the Lady Bulldogs.
Mississippi State Bulldogs
2015–16 Mississippi State Bulldogs basketball team
Mississippi State Bulldogs athletic logo
University Mississippi State University
First season 1908
All-time record 1347-1142 (.541)
Conference SEC
Location Starkville, MS
Head coach Ben Howland (1st year)
Arena Humphrey Coliseum
(Capacity: 10,575)
Nickname Bulldogs
Colors

Maroon and White

            
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away
NCAA Tournament Final Four
1996
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1996
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1963, 1995, 1996
NCAA Tournament appearances
1963, 1991, 1995, 1996, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009
Conference tournament champions
1923, 1996, 2002, 2009
Conference regular season champions
1912, 1913, 1914, 1916, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963 1991, 2004

The Mississippi State Bulldogs basketball program represents Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi, in men's NCAA Division I basketball. The Bulldogs play in the Southeastern Conference. On March 23, 2015, Mississippi State named former UCLA head coach, Ben Howland as its 20th head basketball coach.

History[edit]

The Bulldogs have been to the NCAA Tournament ten times, the first time in 1963 and the most recent being 2009. Three previous bids were turned down because of a state policy barring collegiate teams from playing in integrated events. The 1963 team, however, famously snuck out of the state in the dead of night to play.

Six of the ten NCAA appearances have been earned in the past 10 seasons under former MSU Head Basketball Coach, Rick Stansbury. They have won 10 conference championships, 4 as a member of the now dissolved Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association in 1912, 1913, 1914, and 1916 in addition to 6 SEC titles in 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1991, and 2004. The Bulldogs have won 4 conference tournament championships, one as a member of the Southern Conference in 1923 and three SEC Tournament titles in 1996, 2002, 2009. Mississippi State has several notable alumni including Erick Dampier, Bailey Howell, and Jarvis Varnado. Mississippi State also has several National Basketball Association players who committed to MSU but joined the NBA instead of heading to Starkville for a college career. Some of those names include Jonathan Bender, Monta Ellis, and Travis Outlaw.

Coaches[edit]

Mississippi State's most successful coaches include Babe McCarthy, Richard Williams, and Rick Stansbury. Babe McCarthy's place in history includes taking his team to the 1963 NCAA Tournament under the cover of darkness despite the Mississippi Governor's court order restricting their participation.

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Mississippi State (Southeastern Conference) (2015–present)
2015–16 Ben Howland
Mississippi State: 0–0 (–) 0–0 (–)
Total: 0–0 (–)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Rivals[edit]

As in all sports, Mississippi State'e primary rival is the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss). In basketball, Mississippi State leads the series over Ole Miss 140-106. Former MSU Head Coach Rick Stansbury is 21-8 vs the Rebels.[1]

Roster[edit]

2015–16 Mississippi State Bulldogs men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year High School/Junior College Home town
G 1 Thomas, FredFred Thomas 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 206 lb (93 kg) Sr Jim Hill HS Jackson, MS
F 2 Houston, DemetriusDemetrius Houston 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 205 lb (93 kg) So G. W. Carver HS Montgomery, AL
F 4 Zuppardo, JohnnyJohnny Zuppardo 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) RS Sr Jones County JC Bay St. Louis, MS
G 14 Staley, ElijahElijah Staley 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) RS Fr Wheeler HS Marietta, GA
G 15 Ready, I.J.I.J. Ready 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Jr Parkview Magnet HS Little Rock, AR
F 20 Ware, GavinGavin Ware 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 260 lb (118 kg) Sr Starkville HS Starkville, MS
C 22 Ndoye, FallouFallou Ndoye 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 220 lb (100 kg) RS So Findlay Prep Senegal
F 23 Daniels, TravisTravis Daniels 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) RS Sr Shelton State CC Russellville, AL
G 32 Sword, CraigCraig Sword 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 194 lb (88 kg) Sr G. W. Carver HS Montgomery, AL
F 33 Black, OliverOliver Black 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 215 lb (98 kg) So Wingfield HS Jackson, MS
F Holman, AricAric Holman 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Fr Owensboro HS Owensboro, KY
G Newman, MalikMalik Newman 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 174 lb (79 kg) Fr Callaway HS Jackson, MS
F Strugg, JosephJoseph Strugg 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Fr G. W. Carver HS Montgomery, AL
G Weatherspoon, QuinndaryQuinndary Weatherspoon 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 184 lb (83 kg) Fr Velma Jackson HS Camden, MS
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster

Former players[edit]

All-Americans[edit]

Player Position Year(s) Selectors
Jim Ashmore Guard 1956-57 Converse, Associated Press, UPI, Helms Athletic Foundation
Bailey Howell (2) Forward 1957-58, 1958–59 Helms Athletic Foundation, Associated Press, USBWA/Look Magazine, NABC, UPI, NEA
Red Stroud (2) Guard 1961-62, 1962–63 Helms Athletic Foundation, Converse, NABC, Associated Press
Leland Mitchell Guard 1962-63 Converse
Rickey Brown Forward 1979-80 Citizen Saving Athletic Foundation, Associated Press
Jeff Malone Guard 1982-83 The Sporting News, Basketball Times, NABC
Greg Carter Forward 1990-91 Associated Press
Chuck Evans Guard 1991-92 UPI
Eric Dampier (2) Center 1994-95, 1995–96 Associated Press
Mario Austin Forward 2002-03 Associated Press, Foxsports.com
Lawrence Roberts (2) Forward 2003-04, 2004–05 Associated Press, USBWA, NABC, The Sporting News
Jamont Gordon (2) Guard 2006-07, 2007–08 Foxsports.com, Rivals, ESPN, Associated Press
Jarvis Varnado (2) Forward 2008-09, 2009–10 Associated Press, College Basketball Insider
Dee Bost Guard 2008-09 CollegeHoops.net
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Notable basketball players who attended and played at Mississippi State University.

SEC West Division titles[edit]

The years the Bulldogs won were as follows: 1995, 1996, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2010

Postseason[edit]

NCAA tournament results[edit]

The Bulldogs have appeared in the NCAA Tournament 10 times. Their combined record is 11–10.

Year Seed Round Opponent Results
1963 Sweet Sixteen
Regional 3rd Place Game
Loyola–Chicago
Bowling Green
L 51–61
W 65–60
1991 #5 Round of 64 #12 Eastern Michigan L 56–76
1995 #5 Round of 64
Round of 32
Sweet Sixteen
#12 Santa Clara
#4 Utah
#1 UCLA
W 75–67
W 78–64
L 67–86
1996 #5 Round of 64
Round of 32
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
#12 VCU
#13 Princeton
#1 Connecituct
#2 Cincinnati
#4 Syracuse
W 58–51
W 63–41
W 60–55
W 73–63
L 69–77
2002 #3 Round of 64
Round of 32
#14 McNeese State
#6 Texas
W 70–58
L 64–68
2003 #5 Round of 64 #12 Butler L 46–47
2004 #2 Round of 64
Round of 32
#15 Monmouth
#7 Xavier
W 85–52
L 74–89
2005 #9 Round of 64
Round of 32
#8 Stanford
#1 Duke
W 93–70
L 55–63
2008 #8 Round of 64
Round of 32
#9 Oregon
#1 Memphis
W 76–69
L 74–77
2009 #13 Round of 64 #4 Washington L 58–71

NIT results[edit]

The Bulldogs have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) eight times. Their combined record is 7–8.

Year Round Opponent Result
1979 First Round Alcorn State L 78–80
1990 First Round
Second Round
Baylor
New Orleans
W 84–75
L 60–65
1994 First Round Kansas State L 69–78
1999 First Round Colorado State L 56–69
2001 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Southern Miss
Pittsburgh
Tulsa
W 75–68
W 66–61
L 75–77
2007 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Mississippi Valley State
Bradley
Florida State
West Virginia
W 82–63
W 101–72
W 86–71
L 62–63
2010 First Round
Second Round
Jackson State
North Carolina
W 81–67
L 74–76
2012 First Round Massachusetts L 96–101 2OT

Awards[edit]

NCAA Defensive Player of the Year[edit]

Player Year(s)
Jarvis Varnado 2010

SEC Coach of the Year[edit]

Player Year(s)
Babe McCarthy 1961
Babe McCarthy 1962
Babe McCarthy 1963
Kermit Davis Sr 1971
Ron Greene 1978
Bob Boyd 1985
Richard Williams 1991
Richard Williams 1995
Rick Stansbury 2004

SEC Player of the Year[edit]

Player Year(s)
Jim Ashmore 1957
Bailey Howell 1958
Bailey Howell 1959
W.D. "Red" Stroud 1962
Jeff Malone 1983
Lawrence Roberts 2004

SEC Defensive Player of the Year[edit]

Player Year(s)
Jarvis Varnado 2008
Jarvis Varnado 2009
Jarvis Varnado 2010

Howell Trophy Award Winners[edit]

Player Year(s)
Lawrence Roberts 2005
Jamont Gordon 2008
Jarvis Varnado 2009
Jarvis Varnado 2010
Arnett Moultrie 2012

Retired jerseys[edit]

Retired Jerseys
No. Player Years
52 Bailey Howell 1957–1959

Honorary Humphrey Coliseum banners[edit]

Honorary Banners
Legends Years Active Position
Bailey Howell 1957–1959 Player
Babe McCarthy 1955-1965 Head Coach
Jack Cristil 1953-2011 Voice of the Bulldogs

References[edit]

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