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
2014–15 Mississippi State Bulldogs basketball team
Mississippi State Bulldogs athletic logo
University Mississippi State University
Conference SEC
Location Starkville, MS
Head coach Ben Howland (1st year)
Arena Humphrey Coliseum
(Capacity: 10,575)
Nickname Bulldogs

Maroon and White

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Home jersey
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Team colours
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Away jersey
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Team colours
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

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 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.


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.


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) (2012–present)
2012–13 Rick Ray 10–22 4–14 T-12th
2013–14 Rick Ray 14–19 3–15 14th
2014–15 Rick Ray 12–15 5–9 TBD
Mississippi State: 36–56 (.391) 12–38 (.240)
Total: 36–56 (.391)

      National 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


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]

Current players and staff[edit]

2015–16 Mississippi State Bulldogs men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Home town
G 1 Thomas, FredFred Thomas 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Sr Jackson, Mississippi
G 15 Ready, I.J.I.J. Ready 5 ft 1 in (1.55 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Jr Little Rock, Arkansas
F 20 Ware, GavinGavin Ware 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 280 lb (127 kg) Sr Starkville, Mississippi
F 22 Ndoye, FallouFallou Ndoye 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 215 lb (98 kg) So Senegal
G 32 Sword, CraigCraig Sword 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 189 lb (86 kg) Sr Montgomery, Alabama
F 33 Black, OliverOliver Black 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 224 lb (102 kg) So Jackson, Mississippi
Head coach

Ben Howland

Assistant coach(es)

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

Last update: 2014-01-06

Former players[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

NCAA Tournament results[edit]

The Bulldogs have appeared in 10 NCAA Tournaments.

Year Result
1963 Sweet 16*
1991 First Round
1995 Sweet 16
1996 Final 4
2002 Second Round
2003 First Round
2004 Second Round
2005 Second Round
2008 Second Round
2009 First Round
  • 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.[2]

NIT results[edit]

The Bulldogs have made 8 NIT appearances

Year Result
1979 First Round
1990 Second Round
1994 First Round
1999 First Round
2001 Quarterfinals
2007 Semifinals
2010 Second round
2012 First Round


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


External links[edit]