The Mississippi State Bulldogs basketball team has been to the NCAA tournament 10 times in their history. They have made six trips to the Big Dance since 2002. The Bulldogs have made the Sweet Sixteen three times (1963, 1995 and 1996), and made it to the Elite Eight and Final Four in 1996.
The Bulldogs have won the SEC Tournament four times, the most recent in 2009. Mississippi State has been to the NIT eight times, making it the semifinals at Madison Square Garden in 2007. The Bulldogs have had many great players including Jarvis Varnado, Bailey Howell, Jeff Malone, Arnett Moultrie, Eric Dampier, Dontae Jones, Derrick Zimmerman, and many more.
The Bulldogs play in Humphrey Coliseum, which opened in 1975 and seats almost 11,000 fans. “The Hump” as it is affectionately known by the Bulldogs fans, can get quite rowdy. The students and fans love their basketball and create a great home court advantage for their team. You will get a great view of the court no matter where you sit. You will enjoy your favorite concession items such as hot dogs, popcorn, and sodas while you take in the game in one of the SEC’s loudest arenas. When you walk inside and look up at the banners in the rafters, you know there have been many great moments at the Hump.
When Al Horford, Joakim Noah and Corey Brewer were in the middle of their back-to-back NCAA Championship run in 2006 and 2007, all three agreed that the Hump was the toughest road arena they played in. Brewer was quoted as saying “I don’t know why. It’s a different kind of loud. So loud that you can’t think.”
The Bulldogs are part of the SEC, which is one of the elite basketball conferences in the game. Teams such as Kentucky, Florida, Arkansas, Georgia, Vanderbilt, Alabama, Ole Miss, Missouri, South Carolina, LSU, Texas A&M, Auburn and Tennessee make regular visits to the Hump. The Bulldogs home basketball schedule this season will include Eastern Washington, Southern, UT Martin, Texas Southern, Tulane, UNC Central, Texas A&M, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, and Auburn.
Ben Howland will be starting his tenure at Mississippi State this season. Howland took UCLA to three consecutive Final Fours and will now take his skills to see of he can give Kentucky some competition in the SEC.
You will not want to miss out on any of these great games this season. Mississippi State basketball is one of the best events in the SEC. When Howland gets them winning again, it will be one of the hardest tickets in the conference.
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