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Well That Sucked

Posted by Kevin on February 21, 2008

Mississippi State strolled into Oxford last night with a two game lead in the SEC West and faced an Ole Miss squad that had been stumbling all over itself for the better part of three weeks. SEC road games are rarely easy; rivalry games like this one on the road are even tougher. The 74-63 beatdown the Rebels put on the Bulldogs last night proved that point loud and clear.

With six games remaining in the regular season – four of them being road games – State cannot afford to lose if they are to remain atop the Western division. Arkansas won last night to pull within one game.

It gets interesting for both Arkansas and MSU down this final stretch. Arkansas has tough games remaining at Kentucky and at Ole Miss and hosts Vanderbilt. State travels to South Carolina, Florida and Vanderbilt.

Head coach Ron Polk has announced his pitching starters for the opening weekend at North Florida. Justin Pigott will start Friday night’s opener. Chad Crosswhite will start Saturday. Ricky Bowen will make his first career start for State in Sunday’s series finale.

In taking a quick peek around the University of North Florida athletics website to check out their team, I noticed a web poll asking what UNF fans thought their record would be against MSU in this weekend’s series. The choice receiving the most votes as UNF going 0-for-3.

North Florida played in Division II through the 2005 season before making the jump to Division I in 2006. In 2005, the Ospreys fought their way all the way to the DII national title game before falling 12-9 to Florida Southern. In 2007 they were ineligible for the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament due to an NCAA reclassification rule. These guys aren’t afraid to play the big boys either. They’ve had success against Florida and Miami already, and will play the likes of North Carolina, Florida, Miami, and Florida State in 2008.


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