Mississippi State is sitting pretty entering the final weekend of the regular season.
As the No. 5 Bulldogs (43-10, 18-9) get set to host South Carolina (27-25, 7-20) in a three-game regular-season-closing set starting Thursday night at 6:30 p.m., they likely have a national seed for the NCAA Tournament already solidified. However State insists it’s taking nothing for granted the next few days against the Gamecocks.
“I do think we still have to do some work, and even if you have a national seed, don’t you want to be (a higher) national seed?” MSU head coach Chris Lemonis said. “We talked about it last weekend a little bit – (whether our record this weekend is) 3-0, 2-1, national seed or not a national seed, it’s just all we can control is our next game. I know that’s coach speak, but for our guys, it’s just about trying to win the next one and finish it out.”
For more on MSU as it begins the South Carolina series, see Thursday's Starkville Daily News.