BASKETBALL REWIND: Mississippi State (16-7, 4-4 SEC)

By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal

Looking Back: The Bulldogs will be glad to get back to Humphrey Coliseum after losing two on the road. They’ve lost four of their last five, all on the road.
At Vanderbilt, Commodores’ center A.J. Ogilvy gave Vandy an offensive presence in the post with 16 points and seven rebounds. The home team survived a frantic MSU comeback to win 75-72. Jarvis Varnado had nine blocked shots in the game.
At Florida, Varnado blocked only one shot, and the Bulldogs were hurt by Gators center Vernon Macklin, who was 10-for-14 from the floor. Florida outscored MSU 34-26 in the paint.
Looking Ahead: In the first of three-straight home games, the Bulldogs take on Ole Miss Thursday night at 9 and Auburn Saturday night at 7.
Who’s Hot: Varnado posted double-doubles in both games last week, getting 16 points and 13 rebounds in Nashville and 12 points and 14 rebounds in Gainesville.
Who’s Not: Phil Turner had 11 points over the two games and was 3-for-14 from the floor in 53 minutes.
RPI Watch: The Bulldogs begin the week with an RPI of 70.
Bottom Line: With a weak RPI the Bulldogs need to start stringing together some wins. There’s no better place to start than at home where they’ve yet to lose an SEC game.

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