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SMITH COLUMN: Texas tough, but MSU should not be intimidated

May 13, 2014


The Mississippi State Bulldogs should be ready as any team in the country for the NCAA Softball Tournament.
After playing seven ranked Southeastern Conference teams out of a possible eight weekend series, the Bulldogs have been competing against the best all season.
The only SEC team that wasn't ranked when MSU played it was Arkansas in the next to last series of the regular season.
When the Bulldogs take on the Texas Longhorns on Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the Lafayette (La.) Regional, they shouldn't feel intimidated in the least.
MSU softball coach Vann Stuedeman has said all season that playing in the SEC is like competing in a super regional every weekend.
With the NCAA selection committee fitting 11 out of 14 SEC squads into the bracket, there's no denying what it thought of the strength of the league. The next closest picks were five each from the Pac-12 and Big 10.
"If that doesn't solidify my statements all along, I don't know what would," Stuedeman said. "It takes three games if you stay in the winners bracket and we play three games every weekend, then you go into the best of three for super regionals."

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