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
Mississippi State University
Ben Howland (1st year)
Maroon and White
NCAA Tournament Final Four
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
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
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 April 1, 2012, Mississippi State named Clemson assistant coach, Rick Ray as its 19th head basketball coach and the first African-American head coach in the history of MSU Men's Basketball.
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.
Mississippi State ( Southeastern Conference) (2012–present)
Rick Ray 10–22
Rick Ray 14–19
Rick Ray 12–15
Mississippi State: 36–56 (.391)
Total: 36–56 (.391)
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
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.
Current players and staff [ edit ]
2015–16 Mississippi State Bulldogs men's basketball team
Thomas, Fred Fred Thomas
6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 180
lb (82 kg)
Ready, I.J. I.J. Ready
5 ft 1 in (1.55 m) 170
lb (77 kg)
Little Rock, Arkansas
Ware, Gavin Gavin Ware
6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 280
lb (127 kg)
Ndoye, Fallou Fallou Ndoye
6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 215
lb (98 kg)
Sword, Craig Craig Sword
6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 189
lb (86 kg)
Black, Oliver Oliver Black
6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 224
lb (102 kg)
(C) Team captain
Last update: 2014-01-06
Former players [ edit ]
All-Americans [ edit ]
Jim Ashmore Guard
Converse, Associated Press, UPI, Helms Athletic Foundation
Bailey Howell (2) Forward
Helms Athletic Foundation, Associated Press, USBWA/Look Magazine, NABC, UPI, NEA
Red Stroud (2) Guard
Helms Athletic Foundation, Converse, NABC, Associated Press
Leland Mitchell Guard
Rickey Brown Forward
Citizen Saving Athletic Foundation, Associated Press
Jeff Malone Guard
The Sporting News, Basketball Times, NABC
Chuck Evans Guard
Eric Dampier (2) Center
Mario Austin Forward
Associated Press, Foxsports.com
Lawrence Roberts (2) Forward
Associated Press, USBWA, NABC, The Sporting News
Jamont Gordon (2) Guard
Foxsports.com, Rivals, ESPN, Associated Press
Jarvis Varnado (2) Forward
Associated Press, College Basketball Insider
Dee Bost Guard
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Notable basketball players who attended and played at Mississippi State University.
Arnett Moultrie, 1st round, 2012 NBA draft.
Jarvis Varnado, 2nd round, 2010 NBA draft. NCAA career record holder with 564 blocked shots. One of only two college players to have at least 1000 points, 1000 rebounds, and 500 blocked shots, the other being David Robinson.
Lawrence Roberts, 2nd round, 2005 NBA draft.
Derrick Zimmerman, 2nd round, 2003 NBA draft.
Tyrone Washington, 2nd round, 1999 NBA draft.
Dontae' Jones, 1st round, 1996 NBA draft.
Erick Dampier, 1st round, 1996 NBA draft.
Jeff Malone, 1st round, 1983 NBA draft. Two time NBA All-Star.
Rickey Brown, 1st round, 1980 NBA draft.
Wiley Peck, 1st round, 1979 NBA draft.
Bailey Howell, 1st round, 1959 NBA draft. Six time NBA All-Star. Elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1997.
SEC West Division titles [ edit ]
The years the Bulldogs won were as follows: 1995, 1996, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2010
NCAA Tournament results [ edit ]
The Bulldogs have appeared in 10
25 teams participated in 1963 the NCAA Tournament. Mississippi State, Duke, Illinois, Colorado, Cincinnati, UCLA, and San Francisco received byes into the second round. In their second round game MSU was defeated by eventual NCAA Champion Loyola-Chicago by a score of 61-51. The Bulldogs subsequently defeated Bowling Green 65-60 in a consolation game to secure a third place finish in the Mideast Regional.
NIT results [ edit ]
The Bulldogs have made 8
NCAA Defensive Player of the Year [ edit ]
SEC Coach of the Year [ edit ]
SEC Player of the Year [ edit ]
SEC Defensive Player of the Year [ edit ]
Howell Trophy Award Winners [ edit ]
Retired jerseys [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
External links [ edit ]