Mississippi State Bulldogs basketball
- 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|
|University||Mississippi State University|
|Head coach||Rick Ray (1st year)|
|Colors||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|
The Mississippi State Bulldogs basketball program represents Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS 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.
Some of 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.
|Rick Ray (Southeastern Conference) (2012–present)|
National champion Conference regular season 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 139-106. Former MSU Head Coach Rick Stansbury is 21-8 vs the Rebels.
Current players and staff
|2012–13 Mississippi State Bulldogs men's basketball team|
|Pos.||Starting 5||Bench 1||Bench 2||Bench 3|
|C||Colin Borchert||Wendell Lewis|
|SF||Fred Thomas||Roquez Johnson||Andre Applewhite|
|SG||Craig Sword||Tyson Cunningham||Jalen Steele|
|PG||Trivante Bloodman||Baxter Price||Jacoby Davis|
SEC West Division Titles
Mississippi State won more SEC Division Titles than any other school with 7.
The years the Bulldogs won were as follows:
1995, 1996, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2010
NCAA Tournament Results
The Bulldogs have appeared in 10 NCAA Tournaments.
- 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.
The Bulldogs have made 8 NIT appearances
NCAA Defensive Player of the Year
SEC Coach of the Year
|Kermit Davis Sr||1971|
SEC Player of the Year
|W.D. "Red" Stroud||1962|
SEC Defensive Player of the Year
Howell Trophy Award Winners
Honorary Humphrey Coliseum Banners
|Babe McCarthy||1955-1965||Head Coach|
|Jack Cristil||1953-2011||Voice of the Bulldogs|