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MSU hoops at home

February 7, 2012

Rick Stansbury's squad looks to gain some momentum with two home games this week. (Photo by Michael Wardlaw, SDN)

Unlike last week when they only had one game, the No. 18 ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs have a pair this week, but both come at home.

The Bulldogs continue their homestand after defeating Auburn 91-88 on Saturday.

First MSU faces Ole Miss on Thursday looking to extend their current 12-game home winning streak, then on Saturday, it will square off against the Georgia Bulldogs. 

Smith back with Bulldogs
MSU got some welcome news on Monday when freshman point guard DeVille Smith returned to the classroom as well as the hardwood.  Smith had been hospitalized in Jackson for headaches and dizziness over the past couple weeks marking his second stint in the hospital this season.

“He is back in school (Monday) and he will be back at practice this afternoon,” said State coach Rick Stansbury. “When he plays? Well, I haven’t made that decision yet, we’ll just have to see where he’s at and we’ll leave it at that.

“He is back at school and he is back at practice. From there, we will just evaluate where he is at.”
Quick turn for Bulldogs

For the second time the season, Mississippi State will deal with the short turnaround after a Thursday night game followed by a morning contest on Saturday.

On Thursday, State will host the Rebels in a rematch from earlier this season and on Saturday they’ll face the Bulldogs from the East in Georgia.

“It is kinda what it is,” Stansbury said. “You’re faced with an early game on Saturday, a 12:30 game, so it is an early game with a quick turn around.”

According to Stansbury the quick turn doesn’t allow for much other than a short walk through.

“That’s all you can do," Stansbury said. "Physically you can’t do anything. Mentally some of those adjustments that you can make for that game, it’s a quick turnaround.

“It is a challenge but it is part of the league and some have to do it more than others. Thank goodness we are at home on Saturday verses being on the road Saturday.”
Moultrie on the short list
On Monday, two days after dropping 21 points on Auburn, MSU's Arnett Moultrie was listed as one of 20 finalists to the 2012 Oscar Robertson Trophy Midseason Watch List.

The forward leads the Southeastern Conference with 13 double-doubles this season while averaging 11.1 rebounds per game.

“It’s a real honor,” said Moultrie, who leads MSU with a 17.0 scoring clip. “But it’s not about me. It’s about the team.”

Members of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association board of directors chose 20 players as contenders for the Oscar Robertson Trophy. The trophy will be in New Orleans at the USBWA’s College Basketball Awards Breakfast on March 30.

The USBWA has named a National Player of the Year since the 1958-59 season. In 1998, the award was named in honor of the University of Cincinnati Hall of Famer and two-time USBWA Player of the Year Oscar Robertson.

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