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Miss. St. falling apart on court, in locker room

Posted on: February 27, 2012 4:55 pm
When asked if Mississippi State had what it takes to get a bid, Arnett Moultrie responded: "Probably not." (US Presswire)

By Jeff Borzello

Mississippi State has lost five games in a row, seeing its NCAA tournament hopes go from “pretty comfortable” to “on the outside looking in” in the matter of three weeks.

When the Bulldogs were supposed to pad their record against the bottom half of the conference, they dropped games to Georgia and Auburn and now sit tied for seventh place in the SEC. Even if they win the final two regular-season games, they need to do damage in the conference tournament to feel good about an at-large bid.  

Instead of coming together for the stretch run, though, it seems Mississippi State has completely fallen apart as a team. Via beat writer Brad Locke from the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, it just seems the team is not optimistic going forward.

“It shouldn’t have went this far,” forward Arnett Moultrie said. “A five-game losing streak is unheard of in basketball at any level, especially when you have this talent.”

What’s the main reason for the struggles? According to Moultrie and senior guard Dee Bost, there’s a lack of cohesion, chemistry and sense of team within the Bulldogs.

“I say what I say,” said Bost, who is looked at as the team leader. “It might go in one ear and out the other. We’re grown men.”

From Locke:

Moultrie said everybody has their agenda. Says people aren’t working hard enough to back up talk.

Despite the players recognizing the main problems facing the team, head coach Rick Stansbury insisted that the locker room has been fine during the losing streak. However, he did comment to Locke about the blame going around from one player to another.

“Now’s not a time to point any fingers at each other,” Stansbury said. “Now’s the time you’ve got to stay together and you’ve got to fight together. You win together and you lose together.”

Mississippi State has winnable games this week at South Carolina and at home against Arkansas. If the Bulldogs win those two, they would get back to .500 in the SEC and have some momentum heading into the conference tournament. With wins over Vanderbilt and Alabama, all hope is not lost for Mississippi State.

Moultrie doesn’t share the same outlook. When asked if the team had what it took to get it together and make a run at an at-large bid, he wasn’t optimistic.

“Maybe not. Probably not.”

And that might be the most damning quote of them all.

Even Mississippi State’s own players are writing them off.


Since: Jul 23, 2011
Posted on: February 29, 2012 7:36 pm

Miss. St. falling apart on court, in locker room

The problem starts at the top with Stansbury.  He's a whiner who recruits anyone that he feels can help win despite their character.  Then he allows the problem children to do as they please because Stansbury really, really hopes they will play hard in the big game so that he can move on to a more prestigious job than being hoops coach at Mississippi State.  Think about it.  Unless you are in the witness protection program do you want to work at Mississippi State?  When your two best players are lamenting the lack of chemistry something is askew.  The one player is correct: It's not easy to lose five in a row, particularly if you have the talent MSU seems to have.  Undisciplined? Absolutely.  Talented? They can play a little when motivated.

Since: Jan 28, 2008
Posted on: February 29, 2012 3:04 pm

Miss. St. falling apart on court, in locker room

I don't understand a lot of my fellow UK fans who are defending Mississippi State. We all know that Sidney gets to do whatever he wants and that sets the tone for what the rest of the team thinks they can do as well. If you haven't seena  game of his live, then you don't really know about him as a player. It is hard for a game shown on TV to depict just how often he walks, both on offense and defense. One guy below even tried to claim that he moves well. Renardo Sidney "moves well" in the same way that a boulder moves well. Sure, if he's interested in something he'll get going in a hurry, but that just lasts until the bottom of the hill. The guy is a joke and Stansbury is the one left holding the bag.

Mississippi State will not go on a winning streak because they don't have a competitive fire burning within all of them. Their coach has shown he's going to give special treatment to some, and it's tearing them apart at the seams. For as long as they're still playing this year, regular season, SEC tourney, and NIT, watch them lose games to less talented teams. It's hard to watch, but stick it out. It's a gret object lesson in what happens when all are not "equal" on a team. 

Since: Dec 29, 2011
Posted on: February 29, 2012 11:42 am

Miss. St. falling apart on court, in locker room

That being said Arnett Moultrie is a bigger punk than Sydney is, Davis was dominating him in the second half in Starkville so he blantantly tried to trip and hurt him. I have no respect for a thug like that.

Since: Dec 29, 2011
Posted on: February 29, 2012 11:34 am

Miss. St. falling apart on court, in locker room

I think they should be in because of their non-conference resume. I like how people post how horrible the SEC is that just cracks me up. If Kentucky was in your conference they would own that also. I happen to agree with the assessment that Miss. st would be second in the Big least, that conference is so weak Uconn has double digit losses in conference but their still on the bubble, HOW!!! The ACC (I believe) is the second worst conference to the Pac 12, but they'll get 6-7 what a joke!

Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: February 29, 2012 9:36 am

Miss. St. falling apart on court, in locker room

I guess the Miss St. seniors are looking forward to life after basketball, probably the day after the last game when they drop out of school.

Since: Oct 19, 2011
Posted on: February 28, 2012 6:46 pm

Miss. St. falling apart on court, in locker room

You just went on a rant about how good miss st. is and that only syracuse in the big east is better. Which for arguement sake might be true. I agree the big east is over hyped. What this writer was trying to say is with all this talent on the team they for no reason should lose 5 in a row, which is completely agreeing with you, cause you just stated how good they are. Not that the sec is down this year or the big east is better hes trying to state there are problems in the locker room. There is no reason for miss st. to lose to georgia at home @ crappy auburn by 10, and alabama by 17 with all that talent they have. Everyone loses to kentucky and lsu is tough to play at were the other games during the stretch. JUst dont hate on the writer for writing a piece on problems in miss st. locker room and you turn it into hating agianst the sec.

Since: Sep 4, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2012 5:27 pm

Miss. St. falling apart on court, in locker room

Renardo Sydney is like a cancer that keeps spreading!

Since: Apr 26, 2011
Posted on: February 28, 2012 11:31 am

Miss. St. falling apart on court, in locker room

Anyone who thinks the SEC is weak hasn't seen them play.  Miss. St. has wall to wall talent.  They had top ranked UK down by 13.  You don't do that without talent.  Bost scored 22 points against John Wall 2 years ago.  Moultrie averages a double double.  And they have a mountain of a center that moves very well and shoots 3's to boot.  The fact they have lost 5 in a row is a testament to just how good the SEC is.  If this was the Big East or the ACC the same writers would be talking about how tough the conference is to win in.  But since it's the SEC it's the team that's bad.  I've seen the ACC teams.  Miss. St. is much better than the majority of those teams and the only Big East team that would give them trouble is Syracuse.  Yet once again it will be the Big East with 9 or 11 or 14 teams in the tournament.  They do the same crap every year.  They start out ranking the Big East high.  There were FOUR Big East teams in the pre-season top 10 AP poll.  It's easy to claim your team is better when they play "better" competition.  Well there are only TWO Big East teams in the top 10 now and one of them lost to VANDY and LSU.  So tell me again how the SEC is weak.  The Big East is WEAK except for Syracuse.  Pitt was a top 10 team in the preseason poll.  They've lost 5 in a row too.  UCONN has collapsed completely.  Where are the stories about them falling apart?  Bias is what the "B" in "CBS" stands for.

Since: Feb 21, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2012 11:14 am

Miss. St. falling apart on court, in locker room

The SEC is terrible this year. They should only be looking at bids for Kentucky, Florida, and Vanderbilt. There is no reason to be even think about the 7th place team in a terrible SEC. If you're needing a 4th SEC team, it would more likely be Alabama which just shellacked Mississippi State.

Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2012 10:01 am

Miss. St. falling apart on court, in locker room

I may be wrong, but I don't recall the SEC ever having 9 teams in the NCAA Tournament.  I can only assume that this post was meant to be funny.  It certainly made me laugh.  Stansbury has had lots of talent over the years down there and has come up with lackluster results as far as I'm concerned.  He needs to go.  Every year they seem to under-achieve.  Not sure why they are still putting up with him.

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