Mississippi State Bulldogs men's basketball
The Mississippi State Bulldogs men's 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.
|Mississippi State Bulldogs|
|University||Mississippi State University|
|All-time record||1347–1142 (.541)|
|Head coach||Ben Howland (4th season)|
|Arena||Humphrey Coliseum |
|Colors||Maroon and White|
|NCAA Tournament Final Four|
|NCAA Tournament Elite Eight|
|NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen|
|1963, 1995, 1996|
|NCAA Tournament Round of 32|
|1995, 1996, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2008|
|NCAA Tournament Appearances|
|1963, 1991, 1995, 1996, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2019|
|Conference Tournament Champions|
|1923, 1996, 2002, 2009|
|Conference Regular Season Champions|
|1912, 1913, 1914, 1916, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963 1991, 2004|
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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.
|Mississippi State (Southeastern Conference) (2015–present)|
|2015–16||Ben Howland||14–17 (.452)||7–11 (.389)||11th||—|
|2016–17||Ben Howland||16–16 (.500)||6–12 (.333)||12th||—|
|2017–18||Ben Howland||25–12 (.676)||9–9 (.500)||T–7th||NIT Semifinals|
|2018–19||Ben Howland||23–11 (.676)||10-8 (.556)||T–6th||NCAA Division I Round of 64|
Postseason invitational champion
As in all sports, Mississippi State's rival is the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss). Mississippi State leads the series over Ole Miss 142–112. Former MSU Head Coach Rick Stansbury is 21–8 vs the Rebels.
Mississippi State and Alabama are considered rivals on the court, with only 90 miles separating the two programs. The Crimson Tide lead the all-time series 120-74.
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Source:MSU Media Guide | url=http://www.nmnathletics.com/fls/16800/pdf/mbk/mbk_1415mg.pdf?DB_OEM_ID=16800 | title=Mississippi State All-Americas | publisher=Mississippi State | accessdate=2015-01-11 small>|
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 titlesEdit
The years the Bulldogs won were as follows: 1995, 1996, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2010
NCAA tournament resultsEdit
The Bulldogs have appeared in the NCAA Tournament 11 times. Their combined record is 11–11.
Regional 3rd Place Game
|1991||#5||Round of 64||#12 Eastern Michigan||L 56–76|
|1995||#5||Round of 64
Round of 32
|#12 Santa Clara
|1996||#5||Round of 64
Round of 32
|2002||#3||Round of 64
Round of 32
|#14 McNeese State
|2003||#5||Round of 64||#12 Butler||L 46–47|
|2004||#2||Round of 64
Round of 32
|2005||#9||Round of 64
Round of 32
|2008||#8||Round of 64
Round of 32
|2009||#13||Round of 64||#4 Washington||L 58–71|
|2019||#5||Round of 64||#12 Liberty||L 76-80|
The Bulldogs have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) nine times. Their combined record is 10–9.
|1979||First Round||Alcorn State||L 78–80|
|1994||First Round||Kansas State||L 69–78|
|1999||First Round||Colorado State||L 56–69|
|Mississippi Valley State
|2012||First Round||Massachusetts||L 96–101 2OT|
NCAA Defensive Player of the YearEdit
SEC Coach of the YearEdit
|Babe McCarthy||1961, 1962, 1963|
|Kermit Davis Sr||1971|
|Richard Williams||1991, 1995|
SEC Player of the YearEdit
|Bailey Howell||1958, 1959|
|W.D. "Red" Stroud||1962|
SEC Defensive Player of the YearEdit
|Jarvis Varnado||2008, 2009, 2010|
|Jarvis Varnado||2009, 2010|
|Babe McCarthy||1955–1965||Head Coach|
|Jack Cristil||1953–2011||Voice of the Bulldogs|
- "Downloadable Assets". Mississippi State University Office of Public Affairs. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
- "Ole Miss at Mississippi State Postgame Notes February 9 2012" (PDF). hailstate.com.