Rebuilding in the SEC: Mississippi State Bulldogs Basketball
Mississippi State lost many of the Bulldog’s best players to graduation and the draft, but a talented Freshmen class and a talented future NBA player in Junior Jalen Steele will not rollover and start looking ahead to next season.
The Bulldogs still feel the pain of having such a talented roster last year and falling short at the end of the season for a trip to the NIT after having such high expectations at the beginning of the year. Last year went downhill after a two point loss to the then #7 Baylor Bears. This year, the Bulldogs have another early match-up against a very talented team, the #12 North Carolina Tar Heels. If Mississippi State loses to UNC and they can compose themselves and pull out a few upsets over stronger SEC teams, there is a possibility that the Bulldogs can make it to the NCAA tournament.
The most likely peak outcome for this rebuilding team is the NIT – not that that would be a bad thing. Jalen Steele still has his senior year and the experience of the NIT would be invaluable to the talented Freshmen on the Bulldog’s roster. Mississippi State is a talented team, but the SEC has not been as strong as it will be this year in a long time.
Mississippi State’s most talented athletes are very fast. They match up well with Missouri and Kentucky and the games between them will be close; however, Mississippi State will not come out on top. Mississippi State will not have many upsets this season, but most of their losses will be close. The Bulldogs are rebuilding this year, and like Vanderbilt, the future is bright.
Predicted Regular Season: 11 – 17
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