Two of the most surprising teams in the SEC so far this season have been the Georgia Bulldogs and the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Georgia was thought to be lacking in the talent to put up a fight in the SEC, and Mississippi State was thought to be too inexperienced to finish out games.
Both of these teams faced off, with only MSU maintaining a slight chance at the 2014 NCAA tournament, but Georgia once again exceeded expectations and shut down Mississippi State. Only one Mississippi State player scored more than 10 points, and Georgia got a 16 point performance form Juwan Parker from off the bench. MSU couldn’t handle Charles Mann, as he lead all scorers with 19 points, en route to a 75-55 Georgia win.
Mississippi State has been terrible in conference play. After a 10 win non-conference schedule, they now have gone just 3-8 in SEC play. They’ve been in a lot of games, but couldn’t pull out the wins. They weren’t likely to go to the 2014 NCAA tournament, but with more than 10 wins for so long, it’s certainly been a possibility.
Now, Mississippi State will be looking forward to the future once again. They may be able to finish the season out strong and make it into some sort of postseason tournament, but at the rate that they are dropping games, I doubt they’ll be able to even make it to the NIT. The future is bright for the Bulldogs, but that’s still one or two seasons down the road.