MSU 'excited' to begin play in SEC Tournament

By: 
JOEL COLEMAN
Staff Writer

With the Southeastern Conference Tournament looming, Mississippi State is playing its best basketball of the season.
After struggling through the early parts of the schedule including dropping their first five SEC games of the year, the Bulldogs are 5-3 in their last eight games as they head to Nashville, Tennessee, with hopes of making a postseason run.
Courtesy of its late-season success, MSU avoided having to play on the first day of the tourney and won’t tip off in the event until Thursday at approximately 8:30 p.m. against Georgia.
On Monday, Mississippi State assistant coach Ernie Ziegler filled in for head coach Ben Howland on the SEC coaches teleconference as Howland attended the Howell trophy presentation in Jackson and said the Bulldogs are chomping at the bit to make noise in Music City.
“We’re really excited to start this third portion of the season, starting the postseason,” Ziegler said. “Coach Howland is really excited about our guys and the basketball that we’ve been playing particularly here over the last four to five weeks. We’re just gearing up to go be a part of an exciting tournament in Nashville.”
For more on MSU as it prepares for the SEC Tournament, see the story by Starkville Daily News beat writer Joel Coleman in Tuesday's edition.

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