2013 SEC Final Season Review: Mississippi State Bulldogs
The Mississippi State Bulldogs finished the 2012-2013 season with a 10-22 record and went 4-14 in the SEC. Finishing thirteenth in the SEC, the Bulldogs won their first game in the SEC tournament against the South Carolina Gamecocks, but then lost in the second round to the Tennessee Volunteers.
No team in the entire country suffered from injury woes like the Bulldogs last season. From the very beginning, they dropped player after player. Even when the Bulldogs got the good news that star player Jalen Steele might be able to return from his injury early, he hurt himself once again at the end of the season. Roquez Johnson also hurt himself and wasn’t able to play for part of the season. The Bulldogs were just too injury laden to compete against most opponents.
Mississippi State lost fifteen games this season by at least ten points and eight games by at least 25 points, which was mostly due to their inexperience. Arguably, their most impressive win was the late season win against eventual SEC champions, the Ole Miss Rebels. Aside from that, they rarely had any outstanding team performances; this season was all about rebuilding.
Mississippi State had some of the best freshmen in the SEC last season, despite losing DeAndre Applewhite at the beginning of the season to injury. Freshman Craig Sword can play with the best the SEC has to offer; Gavin Ware played strong against some of the best big men in the league and Fred Thomas is an outstanding three point shooter. Luckily for the Bulldogs, these young players are all coming back next season and will all have SEC game experience.