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Friday, February 6, 2009

Thanks to All!

I didn't want to leave anyone hanging. I'm sorry I have not been posting, I just came to the conclusion that I just don't have the time to keep the blog up. Maybe next season, but for this season, I afraid I just don't have the time between family and work. Its not been easty to let go b/c of the great response I've have gotton. Thanks to all who have kept up with the blog. Everyone have fun the rest of the season as we try to gain ground onLSU. Thanks to all again and remember to never lose faith.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Sorry for the Layoff

As most know this time of year with loved ones and holiday season, time is streched so thin. Look for the blog to crank back up when SEC action starts. Thanks for hanging in there. All have a Merry Christmas. -Arliss

Friday, November 28, 2008

Glad that is behind us.

State suffered their first loss of the season. MSU 52 WSU 63. Simple, the dogs got beat by a better team. Young team, we knew we were going to take some lumps, and we have plenty more to take before the dogs will be playing to their potential this season. According to this game as Jarvis goes so does the team. Tough night for Jarvis. Would be surprised if we don't play TT tomorrow. Recap here.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

MSU 76 St. Bonaventure 71

WHEW!!! This is the first of many learning experiences for the dogs on the young season. Way to many turnovers. Benock made some timely 3's. Barry having a bad off night seemed to hurt us some. Bost had a rough game with turnovers . The first road test of the season is always going to be tough regardless of opponent. Free throws key to the victory. Beckham played some quality minutes tonight. Our 4's got alot of fouls tonight. Last and biggest-Jarvis was the MAN!!! 19 pts 12 rebs. 6 blks. Oh yeah, nice put back and rebound Ravern!! Go Dogs!!!


I'm sure I'm not alone in saying when I'm not at the games I am entertained more by keeping up with SWAT's blocks. I'm adding the national leaders list as a link here and on the sidebar. Enjoy.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

MSU 84 Mrs. Dickinson 58

Young team showing itself with turnovers. Nice numbers for Jarvis 16pts 14 rb and 8 blks. Nice to see Mr. Beckham get some playing time. Nice to see Rick mixing up the lineup. Considering the competition, this was not our best game. We'll see how good this team is over the next week. With Kodi in foul trouble, Osby's minutes continue to grow. Congrats to Jarvis, all time bock leader at MSU. Go Dogs!!!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

MSU 102 N. AL 61

This was actually my first chance to see the Dogs play in person this year. Last night was a good time to watch the dogs b/c they had the inside out game going strong. Especially the inside, but that's not surprising when the tallest guy in the starting line up is 6'6". We have alot stiffer competition coming, but we've seen the dogs shoot over a zone and last night we feed the inside versus man to man. Bost had 10 assists which included some nice passes. I think last night was Osby's coming out game. He had one play where he rebound edand brought the ball back down the court, lookin like a guard coming down the court. He is very impressive passing out of the paint. After 3 games I'm not convinced now that Barry won't be our leading scoring, he is some much more comfortable at the 2. I was very impressed with Phil and Holcomb's defense last night, and not to mention Benock. That 2nd unit is a nice spark off the bench, when they subbed the first time, they increased the lead. I'm very excited to see what kind of stats we can put when Rick settles on a mixing the subs. Biggest stat of the game, 89% from the FT. Wow. If Bailey can continue to shoot the free throws like he is, he will be a crucial part. He'll eat up space and get to the foul line. Well, i'm reserving judgement for when this young team hits the road. Go Dogs!!!-Arliss

Matthew 14:31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. "You of little faith," he said, "why did you doubt?"

Monday, November 17, 2008

MSU 78 LA Monroe 49

Starting to look like we could be a pretty nice team from behind the arc. You have to like Kodi having a somewhat of a breakout game. Jarvis 9 blocks (all in 1st half), 11 rebounds. Dee, 15 pts, 7 assists and 2 to's. You have to like the defense we are playing, our offense will only get better as this team starts to gel. I know its only two games in, but starting to get a good feeling about Bost and Chris Warren impact he could make this season. We took it to them on the boards in the second half. 42 % from beyond the arc, not too shabby. It will be interesting to see how the stats settle out when we solidify a starting five. Not too many complaints from this one. Looking forward to Wednesday, Go Dogs!!!!!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Good Guys 77 Other Guys 55

You have to like the distribution of points. Top scorer Ravern. 15 points on 5 3's. Elgin a solid 10 points. Jarvis 9pts 11 rebounds, and 7 blocks. Long way to go, not one the better teams we'll play pre-SEC, but you have to like the young pups on this team. Go Dogs!!!

Friday, November 7, 2008

The Fab 5

The easiest question to ask and the most frequent question to ask it who will be the starting five? I always like to pose the question-Who will be the starting five by the time SEC begins? Outside of injury, the lineup should be settled pretty good by that time. Granted, we've had one exhibition game and one scrimmage, but I've tried to digest the new players and try to predict how they will fit in and what their role will be.

In no particular order, the starting 5 by SEC play:

First at the 3, I 've been excited about Ravern Johnson ever since he hit the radar his sophomore year in high school. If any one has the potential to be our 20 point man this year, I think it is Ravern. He has the range to get his 20 just heaving it up from beyond the arc. You mix in what we've seen with his quickness to the hoop, I see him being our #1 scoring option.

Second at the 5, that's a tough one, Jarvis Varnado. Here is the question you have to ask your self though. If his offensive production goes up, will he defensive production go down? I personally don't think he just comes out this year and doubles his offensive output. I would rather see him focus on defending the paint than backing off and trying to score more points. When he is on his defensive game in the paint, its like night and day for our back court defenders. I say that about Jarvis's offense to say this:

Third at the 4, Romero Osby, I don't think J.V. will have to double his offensive production b/c Ro will pick up the slack. I believe Osby will be a the double double king by the time he leaves MSU. I think he can be a consistent 10-10 guy this year. I see Osby being the best rebounder since Roberts in time and he gets it started in his freshman campaign.

Fourth at the 2, Barry Stewart. Barry will be essential to this year's season. It doesn't matter if we have all the talent in the world he will be our experienced leader. Barry will be the glue that keeps the team together.

Last at the 1, Dee Bost. Obviously, Dee will have alot on his shoulders this year. The question that keeps coming to mind is can Dee be a more consistent Chris Warren. If he can, I don't think anyone would complain and it would be a stellar freshman campaign. The thing that helps me feel good about Dee is I don't think this will be as painful of a process of grooming a pg as it was with Jamont. I was very impressed with Dee's assist to turnover ratio numbers in the exhibition. I think he has some 20+ point games in him this season, but I'll be watching those assists and turnovers.

Well, I know I didn't say a thing about the backups, but I do have to say Elgin could easily be in the 4 spot two, after last season he is in my top 2 favorite players on the current roster. So, its just my opinion, but this seems to be a topic that all like to take their stabs at. If you agree, don't agree, speak up! Lets hear it. Hope some of y'all will have a chance to attend the scrimmage on Saturday, I won't be able to attend. Go Dogs!!!

Revelation 14:12 This calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints who obey God's commandments and remain faithful to Jesus.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Open Discussion about Scrimmage

Out of town today, welcomed comments about scrimmage.

Couple of stats:
Jarvis 17 pts, 12 rebounds, 8 blks in 24 mins.
Ravern 19 pts in 24 mins.
Bosts 13 pts 7 assists 3 to in 32 mins.
Osby 10 pts 11 rebounds in 13 mins.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Scrimmage Report by 005

With one scrimmage under their belts, the basketball Bulldogs move forward looking for certainty at key positions. In Saturday's action, marked by two twenty minute sessions and an additional overtime simulation, fans got a glimpse at the future and saw the return of a few familiar veterans. The White team, anchored by Jarvis Varnado won an up and down contest 114 - 94. Although players changed sides repeatedly, Varnado and Bost notably spent almost all with the winning group.

True freshman Dee Bost handled most of the point guard duties and didn't disappoint, totalling 34 points on the afternoon. If the 2008-2009 Bulldogs hope to win at their accustomed pace, Bost will be a key factor. What may surprise many is his ability to shoot the ball. Dee looked comfortable on the perimeter, going 5-8 from long range. When closely guarded he also has the quickness and handle to twist ankles and draw the extra defender.

Another factor in the development of any college basketball team would be the progress of second year players. Ravern Johnson looked very smooth and self-confident offensively and led all scorers with 35 points on 13-22 shooting, 2-7 from beyond the arch. Ravern was especially efficient shooting from mid-range, on dribble penetration, and in transition. This might provide what has been missing in the Bulldog arsenal for some time, and effective scorer on the wings. Johnson will have to continue improving his defensive intensity but, as the Coaches have pointed out, that's an area that he has the length and athleticism to make up ground quickly.

Elgin Bailey is lighter, quicker, and more responsive physically. He looks like a "live" athlete now. The key words with Elgin are "active" and "aggressive." He really entered the program with those attributes but now has the confidence and understanding to go along with them. It's not certain whether he'll start or not, but he figures to be a valuable rotation player from tip to finish.
While Dee Bost, Ravern Johnson, and Elgin Bailey all seem to be emerging favorites, one shouldn't forget another freshmen. Romero Osby is a point forward in the true sense of the word. He plays facing the basket and possesses triple threat capability. Osby also has the ability to work the boards, carrying a 6'8" 230 frame. Conventional wisdom says that he'll come off the bench most, if not all, of his freshmen year. This is another young Bulldog who may be playing like a veteran well before his time. Romero chipped in 23 pts, including an official 4-4 from distance.

What unnerves this writer, and most discerning fans, is the reliance on so many new faces. Barry Stewart resumes his role at shooting guard, only this year he takes back seat to no one in terms of leadership. Barry is overcoming a foot injury sustained over the summer, but brings the familiar "icewater" presence to a team that will appreciate his experience. Barry had a low key performance scoring 24 on 7-18 shooting.

The back line and the bottom line will be Jarvis Varnado, and he anchored the Maroon Team, scoring 26 on 10-14 shooting while bringing down 14 rebounds. Brian Johnson, who most believe will be a role player contributed a quiet 5 points. Notably absent were Riley Benock and Twany Beckham. Beckham reportedly suffered a foot injury earlier in the week and will be sidelined up to four weeks.-005

Stats from the Scrimmage

Take a look at the stats from the scrimmage. The numbers can be alittle inflated in a scrimmage, but you have to like Bailey and Ravern's stats. Since he stepped on campus, I thought Ravern could be our top scorer, but with the defections it looks to be coming a year early. The scorer cometh and his name is Ravern Johnson. Is is just me or did the Bost taking 21 shots seem alittle Gordan like for a pass first point guard. Oh well, were going to need some scorers this season, so let it fly Dee!

Revelation 17:14 They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers."

Monday, October 20, 2008

Open Scrimmage Time Set

The open scrimmage has been set for this Saturday from 2pm -4:30. I won't be able to attend so if anyone is going and want to give a recap please email me.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Anchor of the 09 Class

MSU got a huge, but expected commit from Shaunessy Smith yesterday. Smith is the anchor of the 09 class. Here are a few words from Mr. Veazy on Mr. Smith's commit. Now, we need a some big men to round out the class.-Arliss

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Schedule is Out

Sat, Nov 01
Montevallo [Exh.]

Sat, Nov 08
Oklahoma City [Exh.]
2:00 p.m.

Sat, Nov 15

Mon, Nov 17
7:00 p.m.

Wed, Nov 19
North Alabama Legends Tournament (Regional Rounds)
7:00 p.m.

Sat, Nov 22
Fairleigh Dickinson Legends Tournament (Regional Rounds)

Tue, Nov 25
St. Bonaventure
Olean, NY
6:00 p.m.

Fri, Nov 28
Washington State Legends Tournament (Championship Rounds)
Newark, NJ (Prudential Center)

Sat, Nov 29
Pittsburgh/Texas Tech Legends Tournament (Championship Rounds)
Newark, NJ (Prudential Center)

Sat, Dec 06
Alabama State

Wed, Dec 10
6:00 p.m.

Sat, Dec 13
South Alabama

Thu, Dec 18
Cincinnati SEC/Big East Challenge
Cincinnati, OH (U.S. Bank Arena)
5:30 p.m.
Mon, Dec 22
Nicholls State
Jackson, MS
7:00 p.m.

Tue, Dec 30
San Diego
7:00 p.m.

Sat, Jan 03

Mon, Jan 05
Western Kentucky
7:00 p.m.

Sat, Jan 10
Fayetteville, AR
6:00 p.m.
Wed, Jan 14
7:00 p.m.

Sat, Jan 17
7:00 p.m.
Wed, Jan 21
Baton Rouge, LA
7:00 p.m.

Sat, Jan 24
Athens, GA
5:00 p.m.
Sat, Jan 31
Ole Miss
12:00 p.m.
Tue, Feb 03
Lexington, KY
6:00 p.m.
Sat, Feb 07
2:00 p.m.
Wed, Feb 11
7:00 p.m.

Sat, Feb 14
Auburn, AL
4:00 p.m.
Wed, Feb 18
South Carolina
7:00 p.m.

Sat, Feb 21
Tuscaloosa, AL
3:00 p.m.
Wed, Feb 25
Knoxville, TN
8:00 p.m.
Sat, Feb 28
5:00 p.m.
Wed, Mar 04
8:00 p.m.
Sat, Mar 07
Ole Miss
Oxford, MS

Saturday, August 23, 2008

MSU Preview from College Hoops Net

Take a look, I have alittle higher expectation than 96, but at least someone is talking basketball.


Sunday, August 10, 2008

The Shape of the Future by 005

The Shape of the Future

With two scholarships available the Bulldog staff has focused on a narrow group of recruits. Bulldog fans know that that availability is subject to change so the class could certainly expand up to three players.

Keith Gallon 6'8" 280 Oak Hill Academy (Houston, Tx) - A massive center recruit who has tipped the scale at more than 300 pounds. By many accounts he is close to ending his recruitment and becoming a Bulldog. He's no stranger to the Mississippi State campus as his sister is a former member of the Lady Bulldog program. Gallon ranks among the elite centers in the 2009 class and figures to be a huge building block to his program of choice. His game has been compared to that of Robert Traylor (Mich) and Glen Davis, notably for his quick footwork and soft touch around the basket.

Shaunessy Smith 6'5" 210 Noxubee Country HS ( Macon, MS ) - Smith is known for his athleticism and shooting skill at the wing positions. His path, of late has been marred by injury but he looks to return to form in time for his senior season. Although he hasn't been propelled by notable AAU performances he has seen offers from Clemson, Iowa, USC, and Ole Miss. Also showing interest are Stanford, Kentucky, and Memphis. Shaunessy is very familiar with the Bulldog program having been a regular attender of MSU home games.

Latavious Williams 6'8" 215 ( Progressive Christian Academy [MD] (Starkville) - Williams has been reclassified to the 2009 class and has seen his stock soar through the roof of late. Although Gallon seems to have taken precedent, there should always be room for an athlete of Latavious Williams to experience a homecoming.

Friday, August 1, 2008

SEC Schedule From the Head Man Himself

BASKETBALL SCHEDULE While we still may be a few weeks away from releasing our complete men’s and women’s basketball schedules, the Southeastern Conference has announced the league’s men’s basketball schedule, television plans and game times for those contests. Our full SEC hoops schedule, TV tie-in (if any) and game times (CT) follow for your planning purposes:
Saturday, 1/10/09 at Arkansas
Wednesday, 1/14/09 Alabama
Saturday, 1/17/09 Vanderbilt
Wednesday, 1/21/09 at LSU
Saturday, 1/24/09 at Georgia (ESPN/ESPN2)
Saturday, 1/31/09 Ole Miss (Raycom, 12 noon)
Tuesday, 2/3/09 at Kentucky (Raycom, 6 p.m.)
Saturday, 2/7/09 Arkansas (Raycom, 3 p.m.)
Wednesday, 2/11/09 LSU
Saturday, 2/14/09 at Auburn
Wednesday, 2/18/09 South Carolina
Saturday, 2/21/09 at Alabama (Raycom, 3 p.m.)
Wednesday, 2/25/09 at Tennessee (Raycom, 8 p.m.)
Saturday, 2/28/09 Auburn
Wednesday, 3/4/09 Florida (Raycom, 8 p.m.)
Saturday, 3/7/09 at Ole Miss

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Team Outlook -005

Team Outlook

The roster sheet is short on experienced production but long on talent and potential. Make no mistake, this team isn't overly youthful, just lacking in dependable scoring punch taken away with the loss of Gordon, Rhodes, and to a lesser point Ben Hansbrough. Opportunity abounds for newcomers like Bost and Osby. Returning players such as Ravern Johnson, Kodi Augustus, and Elgin Bailey will be pressed to make the most of their college experience in heightened roles. Needless to say, a Rick Stansbury team will learn to play sound defense and with Varnado on the back line there is strong assurance that will continue.

As usual, the summer outlook is generally focused on the SEC West. There have been additions and subtractions notable to most of the rosters, making the division "up for grabs."

Alabama - Alabama loses Hendrix and (whew) Riley, but returns Ronald Steele after a season lost to injury. They have several valuable recruits coming in and Gottfried teams are always a chemistry experiment regardless of talent.

Arkansas - John Pelphrey faces the most turnover with the loss of 5 key contributors, all to graduation. It's hard to see Arkansas being more than a .500 team overall.

Auburn - They are tentatively my "team to watch" in the SEC as they return a lot of experience along with injured players like Korvotney Barber.

LSU - The Tigers lose super frosh Anthony Randolph to the NBA but they keep super guard Marcus Thornton and return Tasmin Mitchell. Super recruit J'mison Morgon was released from his LOI and signed instead with UCLA, leaving new Head Coach Trent Johnson to work with remainders. With Butch Pierre at Oklahoma State, the Louisiana border just got a little softer for basketball recruiting.

Ole Miss - Ole Miss basically lost it's front line experience and muscle, but traded for the type players that Andy Kennedy wants for his system. The redux continues as the Rebels make another strong bid for the NIT.

Scheduling Note

University of Louisiana-Monroe. The Warhawks will be coming to the Hump on November 17, a Monday.

Psalm 119:75 I know, O LORD, that your laws are righteous, and in faithfulness you have afflicted me.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

We All Know Who Will Be the Center of Attention by 005


The real strength of the 2008-2009 Bulldog roster figures to be junior center Jarvis Varnado. Jarvis has shown the natural progression of a valuable college player regardless of position. Even by modest expectations, he figures to improve on his productive sophomore season where he assaulted the record books. In Varnado, Rick Stansbury has a legitimate All SEC performer and a definitive game changer. Any doubters should be pointed to archived broadcasts and told to pay special attention to the team's performances with and without "The Swat."

If Varnado is to continue his improvement, he should hope to pack on as much lean muscle as possible. He's used to playing within his light frame, but added strength and stamina can only make him better at holding his position on the blocks. Also at issue will be the expectation of offensive contribution. If the group at power forward isn't immediately productive then Varnado will have to become a 17-10-5 type player respective to scoring, rebounding, and blocking shots. He might be capable of that, but the big guy is obviously placing "Help Wanted" signs in the lockers of Brian Johnson, Romero Osby, and Elgin Bailey.

Speaking of Bailey, he's had a productive Summer in terms of basketball and is said to be a few pounds lighter for his second go round. Elgin is the perfect change of pace for resting Jarvis. He's a wide body, but he's quick for his size and very agressive. From a production standpoint, he might be overlooked. From a competitive standpoint he's going to be outstanding depth.-005

Interesting Schedule Note

Ole Miss released it schedule and it looks like we will be playing our last game of the regular season away this year. March 7 in Oxford. If there is any way you can make one away game, I strongly recommend it. I went last year and had a blast, even with the loss. Bulldogs had a great showing.

Luke 17:5 The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!"

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Who Will Hold the Power? by 005

Power Forward

Gone is the steady presence of Charles Rhodes. There was a point where it never seemed appropriate to use that description for Charles, but he really was a productive player at the SEC level and clearly earned the "consistent" label over the course of his final year. In the wake of his graduation the Bulldog staff is looking to several players for production.

Brian Johnson averaged just under 10 minutes per game in his junior season and hopes to improve on his 2.3 point and 2.2 rebound averages. The big fellow is still fighting to recover full confidence in leg ailments that previously sidelined his career prior to transferring from Louisville. Johnson plays smart and proved to be tenacious in his limited role a year ago but most wonder if he's capable of expanding that role in his final campaign. If history is any indication this Coaching staff will rely on his experience before looking to other options.

Romero Osby enters as a prized Magnolia State recruit and a familiar name to those who follow recruiting closely. At 6'8" and 230 Romero definitely has the size and strength to transition into major college basketball. On top of size, he has a substantial amount of skill that has had analysts looking at his potential facing the basket.

Kodi Augustus is one reserve who should enter the season with a chip on his shoulder. A year ago, his shooting ability was praised as being tops on the squad. What wasn't known was his inexperience playing the brand of defense expected in the Bulldog program. Although Kodi might see a few minutes further away from the basket he promises to play somewhat of a role closer to the basket, occasionally flashing to the perimeter. Whatever role he plays is entirely up to him. He has close up knowledge of what is expected that Osby hasn't pictured yet, at this point that might be his only advantage.

Charles must be replaced by a committee it seems. The good news is that there are a trio expecting to compete for minutes at power forward. The bad news is that returning production offers only speculation at this point.-005

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Could a Wingman Help Us Soar to the Top? by 005

Small Forward

Small forwards, in the conventional sense, have been in short supply over recent MSU basketball history. Small lineups have prevailed and we've grown accustomed to an extra guard making the lineup extremely quick but without a genuine scoring threat on the wing. Though some are infatuated with young combo forwards like Kodi Augustus and Romero Osby sliding out to the perimeter. One only needs to consider defensive liabilities to perish that thought.

By all appearances, Ravern Johnson is poised to take over the bulk of the minutes at small forward. He showed flashes of play making brilliance as a true freshmen but obviously lacked the strength to go from 2A Coahoma County to the SEC in a year's time. In watching him perform late in the season, he obviously has the lateral quickness to excel on the perimeter. Strength and instinct also played a factor and Ravern wasn't used to defending the way his veteran teammates were accustomed to. Like Dee Bost at point guard, he now has inherited a great deal of playing time by default. Competition at small forward will come from transfer Jaquiese Holcombe and the smaller and faster Antiquawn Beckham. Guard oriented lineups will feature Phil Turner and possibly Riley Benock in smaller capacities.-005

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Who Will Define the Next Era of MSU Basketball? by Arliss

I got to thinking the other day while I was looking at the schedule posters I have collected over the years. I've got schedule poster back to the 2000-2001 season. When I think of eras, I think of a player that was the face of our program for those seasons. Dating back to 2000, it was Mario Austin 00-02, Lawerence Roberts 03-04, and Jamont Gordon 05-08. So who will define the next era? I would have to think to qualify to define an era, someone would have to play a minimum of two seasons. Two players come to mind, Ravern Johnson and Romero Osby. Even though no one is likely to flirt with Jarvis's defensive numbers for years to come, most of us will think of offense when we think of a headliner.

My mind keeps flashing back to the bits and pieces that Ravern showed up driving to the basket last season. Ravern shot lights out in high school, but the kid has some athletic ability. When he came to State, I thought his place during his freshman campaign would be waiting for a shot on the wing. But the flashes of talent I saw him display, makes me think of just what he can bring to the table when he puts it all together. He has a mean first step, and he has an arc on his shot that frustrates defenders. Like I've said before, after the defects from last season, Ravern Johnson could come out smelling like a rose. But will he take advantage of it, I hope so. I think Romero, will be a major contributor this year and could be possibly be in the starting lineup come January, but I think Ravern Johnson will be the man. Will he define the next era in MSU basketball? We'll see.

Who will take the 2? by 005

Shooting Guard

1 foot..... 12 inches. The three point line extends from 19 ft 9 inches to 20 ft 9 inches. Apparently governing concerns felt that the old NCAA line was no longer a challenge. Bulldog shooters would offer a differing opinion and fans would agree as 3 for 17 type performances seemed commonplace with a team that lagged behind SEC averages in the perimeter shooting department. Shooting guard hasn't been a strength position for the Bulldog program and might be considered one of the weaker areas for the 2008-2009 squad.

Barry Stewart is a steady player. Ever since he put on the Maroon and White he's had a reputation for being a cool customer, a guy who's bubble always seems to be on the level. Some may note a sag in shooting percentages from his Freshman to Sophomore campaign, but there's more to the numbers than what meets the eye. As a freshman he was coming off the bench behind Reginald Delk and didn't face the performance pressure he met his second time around. Also worth mentioning is the fact that he served a dual role in handling some point guard duties. Although he isn't a great athlete compared to his sEC peers, he is deceptively quick when opponents are switching defenders or if he gets his man leaning. On the defensive end, he does an admirable job staying in front of his man and keen observers know that he's continued to improve in the passing lanes.

It appears that Twanny Beckham will assume a dual position role and Barry will play the bulk of the minutes at shooting guard. Beckham, although not known as a pure shooter is said to be a hard nosed defender who likes to attack the basket on the offensive end. Riley Benock is another option off the bench. Riley needs to develop a shooter's mentality, taking cues from his hero Jason Reddick and former Florida standout Lee Humphrey. This writer doesn't see the point of playing Riley if he's not looking to shoot.-005

Friday, June 27, 2008

Wanted-Point Guard by 005

The oft maligned Jamont Gordon is now casting his fortunes to the professional basketball winds. Although a steady and productive performer he never was a comfortable fit at the PG position. The proof was in the turnovers, which compared to his positive statistics bring to mind the old adage. "Can't live with him, can't live without him."

As choices dictate, the Bulldogs are living without Gordon a year earlier than some had hoped. The clear successor is Dee Bost, a flashy prep recruit often described as a combo guard in point guard training. This won't be unusual for Maroon and White observers as the Stansbury regime often seeks out multi-tasking back-court performers. Bost showed a tough prep school league what he's made of in leading Hargrave to the Invitational Title in the confines of New York City last winter and brings his combination of speed and athleticism to the front in Gordon's absence.

This writer estimates that Bost is more than ready for the SEC challenge as he excelled among ( and against ) the highest available competition both as a play maker and as a defender. The questions remain, "how good" and "how soon ?" Only time will give the answers on that question, but necessity will afford him every opportunity to take command early. In Gordon's absence there are no experienced players that stand in the way. Barry Stewart has had some part time experience and may be called on to steady the team. It's clear, however, that Stewart's niche will be at shooting guard where his mostly undivided chore will be shooting the ball.

It appears that Antiquawn "Twanny" Beckham will assume some responsibility at all three perimeter positions. If film is a good indicator, he is comfortable handling the ball to the left AND right. When Bost sits, expect Stewart and Beckham to share ball handling duties.

It should be every Bulldog's hope that Bost doesn't sit very often. He needs to be the real deal, right away. First year mistakes are expected and forgivable just as Jamont's third year mistakes were mitigated by his carrying the team in other areas. Bost promises to be more suited to the position and the prospects of a smooth transition have Bulldogs hoping to stay atop their own back yard, the SEC West.-005

Thursday, June 26, 2008

New Agent 005

Its a slow time of year for sports, much less MSU basketball. I've recruited a new agent to write some articles. Agent 005 has quite an insight on incoming freshmen and will offer up his opinion on MSU basketball. New articles to come soon!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Bits and Peices of Schedule Coming Together

According to the Centenary athletics website, the Centenary men’s basketball will open the 08-09 season with our Bulldogs on November 15, 2008 at the Hump. For more info take a look here.

Monday, June 16, 2008

So, What Do You Want To Talk About?

What are some summer topics you would like researched and written about? October can't get here quick enough.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

At Least Someone Is Talking SEC Basketball

It might be coming from the blue nation, but at least someone is talking SEC basketball. I think it will take the full summer of digesting the roster to get a feel for what direction our team will head. But for now, it could help us get through the summer.

Mississippi State will contend for top honors in the West. If you will notice, in my earlier evaluation of the West, I had Mississippi picked to win the league. I have changed my mind on that. Judging from the tenor of Jamont Gordon's remarks, I expect him to stay in the draft. If he does, the two Mississippi teams will likely fight it out for second place in the West. MSU loses Charles Rhodes to graduation in addition to the likely defection of Gordon, but has a nice stable of players and some excellent recruits coming.
Rick Stansbury has done a very good job of coaching this team, and I look for the Bulldogs to once again compete for the West. The loss of Ben Hansbrough does not help their outside shooting, but the addition of Demarquis Bost and Romero Osby will more than make up for his loss. My pick as a strong second in the West.

Acts 27:25 So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Coach Kirby Candidate for Grambling Job

Coach Robert Kirby has been mentioned as a candidate for the head basketball coaching position at Grambling.

Luke 5:20 When Jesus saw their faith, he said, "Friend, your sins are forgiven."

Friday, May 2, 2008

Last Piece to the Puzzle?

New signee Jacquiese Holcombe. Could add some depth to the three, we'll see how he adjusts. What do ya think?

Thursday, April 24, 2008

It's a Little Low.

MSU Basketball is low on the sports screen right now, so let go with the obvious but always interesting question. What is the lineup with Jamont gone? (SEC Precictions)Personally, I say Varnado at the 5, Osby at the 4, Ravern at the 3, Barry at the 2, and Antwain running the point, yes thats my prediction for early summer what do you think? (I think Bost is a 2). We'll see!! Go Dawgs, I miss Ben already, just kidding, eyes forward focused on the 07-08 season.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

New Commit Antiquawn Beckham


Will he play the one or the two? We'll see. We need as many options at the one and two as we can get for next season.

From a 2007 ESPN evaluation: "Twany" is a point guard in a wing's body as he has good size and athleticism but plays the game as if he were a facilitating point guard. He would be an ideal fit on a team that needs a backcourt mate for a scoring little guard as Twany thinks pass first and is more than capable of initiating offense. In fact, he would do well to become more aggressive looking for his own shot. When in scoring mode he is at his best when slashing along the baseline where he has a quick first step and finishes fairly well. His jumper has improved to the point where he is a consistent threat to make open shots, but he will never be considered a shooter. He also uses his size to his advantage by bringing smaller defenders to the block where he can create his own shot or find teammates for open looks if the defense doubles down. Beckham rebounds well from the perimeter and is also a capable defender thanks in large part to his long physique and above average quickness.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

No Reason to Cry Over Spilt Milk

Ben is gone, yes I'm for one am dissapointed. Jamont coming back is looking slim, yes I would like for him come back. While it keeps the boards buzzing, lets move on!! We have two returning starters Barry and Jarvis. We have the best interior defender in country in the last15 years to build our team around. Ravern Johnson is coming out of this thing smelling like a rose. I thought by the 09-10 season, our offense would run through Ravern, but the learning curve just got cut by a season. I believe he will be our top scorer next season. I think Osby and Kodi will play the four and Elgin and Brian can spell Jarvis. If we can get a steady point guard and Ravern plays like we saw flashes off last season, we have the post in place. Folks can blame Rick if they want, but remember, Rick will be there longer than 4 years, so he is our coach and we have to trust his decision making while he is our head coach. Some will like it and some will not. Well, it will make for a long summer of tossing around lineups. So for awhile, no news is good news. Go Dawgs!!

Monday, April 7, 2008

Ben's to Transfer

From the CL:
STARKVILLE - Starting guard Ben Hansbrough will leave Mississippi State's basketball team and intends to transfer, MSU coach Rick Stansbury said today.

"Ben is a good kid and we wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors," Stansbury said in a news release.Contacted earlier today, Stansbury wouldn't comment beyond what was in the release.A message left on Hansbrough's cell phone wasn't immediately returned.Hansbrough, a 6-foot-3 sophomore, was State's fourth-leading scorer in its recent run to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Hansbrough started 28 games and averaged 10.5 points per game. He shot 36 percent from behind the 3-point line and led the team in free throw shooting percentage, making 78.9 percent of his attempts.

Didn't really see that one coming, I don't like the reoccuring theme on the team.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Its not delivery, its C-Rhodes!!!

The 2008 DiGiorno College All-Star game (for Seniors only) in San Antonio as part of this week's NCAA Final Four. He will play for the American All-Stars coached by Dave Odom (former SC coach) against the National All-Stars coached by Oliver Purnell (Clemson). Joining Rhodes will be Sundiata Gaines (GA.), David Padgett (Lousiville), Mike Green (Butler), and Brian Butch (Wisc.). For the National All-Stars will be Ramel Bradley (KY), Shan Foster (Vandy), Jonathan Wallace (G-town), DeMarcus Nelson (Duke), Cliff Hammonds (Clemson) nd Josh Duncan (Xavier). The game is scheduled to be played Friday at 5PM CT at the Alamodome and televised on CSTV. Go get 'em Charles.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Thanks to All

I would like to thank all who have taken the time out of there day to read of a couple of words from the blog. I started the blog not as a tool to garner internet traffic and advertising, but a place for the MSU basketball fans who just couldn't get enough from the regular MSU internet outlets. In the beginning I put forth an effort to post everyday, but soon after I found out that my wife and I were pregnant with our first child, my time and efforts were shifted a bit. I've had several insiders/00 agents along the way, some that even got alittle more involved than they thought they wanted to be. None of this blog would be possible with the insiders, especially 001. 001 has been my insider from the beginning and the info he has provided if what keep the folks coming back for more. I hope all that read the blog got alittle extra out of it. Faith, if i didn't have my faith were would I be. Even though it was just a daily bible verse, I hope you found some inspiration in it. Last but not least, what this season and MSU basketball means the most of all to me is spending time with my dad. I was blessed to have been raised by two Christan parents and a father who I thought of more of a friend. When kids leave the nest and get married and move away alot of sons lose touch with their fathers. My older brothers are moved away or are to busy to get into sports. My dad and I were able to attend 12 games this season together at the Hump. MSU basketball has given me an opportunity to spend time with my father that once it is gone, its gone. So MSU basketball is such much more to me than cheering for the bulldogs and typing away on the blog. I always be able to look back one day after the Lord has called my father home, and feel no regret that I could have spent more time with my dad or got to know him better.
Again, I want to thank all who have graced these pages and all that have contributed to this blog. Always remember to keep you faith, and the Lord will see you through.

The Game

I can honestly say that if we would have lost the game on Friday it would have overshadowed alot of our accomplishments this season. Now, the dogs have what they want. A chance to knock off the a #1 seed whose only loss is to TN. As long as they leave it all on the court I will deem this season a success. But, that is all I will even allude to in the losing sense. I really think we can take down the tigers. We play down to competition and we play up to competition. The difference will be the 3. As a backcourt if has not been there since we left the Hump. If we make our 3's we can shock the world. If MSU want the national respect back in basketball circles, this it.

Mark 16:6 "Don't be alarmed," he said. "You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.

Mark 16:14 Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating; he rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Great Job State!!!!

Way to brass up!!!! You couldn't ask for more to prove yourself. Let's be the first to take out the number one seed!!! Go Dawgs!!!!

At the Half

You have to feel we can adjust, lets hope. The season could be over soon. If we can make some 3's it will be the difference.

Monday, March 17, 2008

The 8-9 Draw

Well, do you like the match up. I thought it could have been alittle better. KV's article in the CL said that Oregon lives and dies by the three and they have a 6'9" forward who shoots 50+ percent from behind the arc. Their weakness is on the inside. Sounds alot like Quan Prowell and Auburn. If you had to pick a number 1 to face, it would be Memphis. We've got at least 3 players who match their athleticism and 2 others who come close with effort. We let other team dictate the tempo. If we make it to the second, it could be a good match up. I don't feel as bad about our draw as Ark or TN. The east bracket is a killer especially the Ark. vs Indiana match up. Well, whats your thoughts on the our seeding. Go Dawgs!!!

Acts 3:16 By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus' name and the faith that comes through him that has given this complete healing to him, as you can all see.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Will They Have Enough?

Will UG have enough? Well, we'll see. Is Georgia better than when we play them early in the season? Obviously they are, or they wouldn't be playing us tonight. They are very agressive on the inside and didn't shoot the 3 well today. I hope we take care of business tonight. The way it should be tom? ARK vs. MSU on Sunday. Enough said.

Friday, March 14, 2008

3 Strikes and Your Out Bama!

It is hard to beat a team 3 times in a row. I believe our Dogs are focused and and playing their best ball of the year right now. I want to see Jarvis and Jamont get Hendrix in foul trouble. If we can do this and keep Riley in check we should take care of business. Can a team shoot that well for 2 nights in a row, lets hope not. If your stuck at work today and you want to watch the first two games check it out here. Arkansas could go down today, so we might be the only chance left in the west after today. Go Dawgs!!!

Ezekiel 18:9 He follows my decrees and faithfully keeps my laws. That man is righteous; he will surely live, declares the Sovereign LORD.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

To Be Worthy Of or Not to Be Worthy Of

This is probably one of the years as a fan base we have a lot of gripe when the Coaches SEC awards came out today. First what we all agree on. Charles and Jamont first teamers and Jarvis defensive player of the year (no brainer). Jarvis getting defensive player of the year was like placing first in a competition with no other contestants. He separated himself nationally in February. I'm really happy for Charles, he stepped up his game the last 2 months and the coaches recognized him for it.

Now, the first gripe. Lets start up with the least of the arguments. Jamont for player of the year. Not too much room for argument, especially after Foster put his superman cape on for our game last Wednesday. If want to look at from a half full perspective, maybe this is a little motivation to come back next year and win the award.

Second, Jarvis not on the first or second team. Did any one player affect a team's game plan more than Jarvis. I guess folks put more emphasis on offense. But not second team, come on. Maybe when Jarvis set the record for triple doubles next year, he will garner the attention he deserves. Interesting note: Jarvis is two years removed from high school. Tyrus Thomas 05-06 season two years removed from HS comparision. Poor man's Tyrus Thomas, I think not the stats dont't lie:
Jarvis SEC stats: PPG 8.8 RPG 7.8 BPG 4.8 6'9" 210 lbs
Tyrus SEC stats: PPG 10.2 RPG 7.8 BPG 2.7 6'9" 215 lbs

And last but not least, Coach of the Year. Most agree on Earl the Pearl, but Billy Bluecat? Oh well Rick just keep doing your job, I personally and the bulldog faithful appreciate he job you've done. Personally, I think Rick has taken his game coaching to a whole other level this season. The records were the same and we get no love, so the other coaches thought Billy Bluecat got the nod over Rick. Well, lets see if we agree with the AP more than the coaches. Agree, disagree, what do your think?

Mark 10:52 "Go," said Jesus, "your faith has healed you." Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Off to Atlanta!!

Well, considering the 5-5 start its safe to say we had a very good season. Like Rick mentioned on the post game, we were two shots away from being 14-2 and regular season champs. Since the league split into east and west divisions, a 12-4 clip was good enough six different times to take the regular season title. Charles played a huge role coming down the stretch and played like we always hoped he would this season. Through all the drama he provided us over the last four years, you'll be hard pressed to find anyone to say anything negative about Charles who had the chance to meet him in person. Charles will always be one of the most fan friendly players we've every had. Thanks you Charles for stepping up to the plate this season. I don't think many people know what Jamont is going to do. Alot depends on the big dance, but my gut says he'll be back.

Now, off to Atlanta! Do we match up better against Bama or UF? I think UF and I think that is the matchup. Jarvis give the gators alot of problems but Hendrix gives Jarvis alot of problems. One thing I've learned following the dogs over the years is the only way to be a fan and not yank all your hair out is to take it game by game. But if we take care of business on Friday, we could see the Rebs again. I would rather see KY, especially with Patterson out, but KY could give our back court fits.

001 said at the game on Sat. that Vandy was a quality loss, if there is such a thing. After Rick's post game comment on the atmosphere at Vandy the toughest atmosphere from here on out (including Atlanta and NCAA's), that makes alot of sense to me. My honest opinion of this team, we are playing our best ball of the year right now and I think Rick has a Sweet 16 team. I think we play on Sunday in Atlanta and I'm hoping for a 5 for 6 seed. I think we get hosed with a 8 or 7 seed. If we do get a 7, I would like to see us in the same bracket as a 2 seed Duke. I originally planned to make the trip to Atlanta, but our first child is the way soon, and we will be limited to watching on TV. I hope all enjoy the weekend to come and the big dance. Personally, the next 3 weeks are the greatest time of the year for sports. If you have any thoughts, predictions, or anything to get off your chest, let it rip! Go Dogs!!!

Matthew 9:22 Jesus turned and saw her. "Take heart, daughter," he said, "your faith has healed you." And the woman was healed from that moment.

LSU Report Card by 001

What a great game this was. Our 2 senior players and senior manager getting a send off from almost 9000 fans. It was also nice to see the crowd give Butch Pierre a standing invitation during the pre-game ceremonies. We started the game well and after Varnado went to the bench with 2 fouls, we sort of lost our composure and that extended into the first several minutes of the second half. Then we went on a run and the game was ours from then onto the finish. This game also gave us the SEC title for blocked shots in a season at 263. The old record was held by Kentucky at 260. We also got to witness Varnado’s first ever 3 point basket. However, it did take the glass and a whole lot of rim to get it to drop.
We were 28 of 62 for 45.2% for the game, including 8 of 20 from beyond the arc for 40.0%. Our team allowed LSU to control the game in the first half, but the second half belong to State. We did collect 15 points off of 14 offensive rebounds. We had 36 points in the paint and 10 off of LSU turnovers. But we were at 0 on fast break points. Our bench out scored our opponent 10 to 4. Overall, a pretty solid performance.
We have played better defense in previous games. But in this one, it was just good enough to win. The team held LSU to 28 of 72 for 38.9%. Another sub 40% defensive effort for the guys. Apparently Coach’s half time talk inspired our guys. They had been out rebounded in the first half and LSU had taken a 1 point lead in at half time. According to the players, rebounding and defense were preached at half time. We came back out and held LSU to just 32 points in the second half and out rebounded them also. I feel our biggest failure on defense was allowing Marcus Thornton to hit 13 of 27, including 6 of 12 3 pointers for 38 points in this game.
We lost this category again.. 9 assist to 14 turnovers. Gordon had 4 assist and 5 turnovers and Stewart had 3 assists with 2 turnovers. Going into the SECT, we need to maintain better control of the ball. One thing I admired was a couple of spectacular assists in the game when we really needed them.
LSU out rebounded us 41 to 40 in this game. They held a 23 to 14 edge for the first half. However, in the second half we came back and out rebounded LSU 26 to 18. Kudos to Rhodes on his double-double pulling down 10 rebounds to go along with his 27 points. Had we been a little more aggressive in the first half we could have won this battle.
We were 8 of 20 from outside the arc for 40.0% for the game. Gordon was 3 for 37, Hansbrough was 3 for 6, and Stewart was 1 for 6. Stewart just had an off night from the arc or our completed percentage would have been better.
Gone was the fiasco of free throw shooting of the Vandy game as our guys knocked down 20 of 24 from the charity stripe for 83.3% for the game. We were 6 for 6 in the first half and 14 of 18 in the second half. This type of shooting needs to carry over into the SECT action.
Another game in which the officials let the players play. There were a few calls that I disagreed with, but that’s just me. I may have allowed Patrick Evans to color my vision somewhat in this game because he is one of my least favorite officials.
This actually worked out to be a C++, but I rounded it off to a B. This was a very emotional game for the guys, the crowd and especially for Charles Rhodes. Here at the end of the regular season, I think our guys are stepping up the potential they possess and are finding ways to win games. If this carries forward, we could have a nice run in the SECT and go deeper into the NCAAT than any other Stansbury team ever has. GO DAWGS!!!

Friday, March 7, 2008

Your Thoughts

What are your thoughts about the game on Wednesday (I'm still speechless) and the game against LSU on Saturday. Farewell to Charles and off to Atlanta!