December 9, 2011

Bulldogs on guard

Mississippi State has had an impressive showing over the first month of the season winning eight of their first nine games and ranked 17th in the country.

But the Bulldogs have to guard against being too confident as they continue through their non-conference schedule.

"Sometimes the more success you have, the bigger that bulls-eye gets on your back," said MSU head coach Rick Stansbury. "These teams come in here and some of them don't get a chance to play on TV much. They come in here and have a TV game, play a ranked team and their confidence goes to another level."

MSU will find itself in that situation Saturday afternoon facing a 4-3 Troy team at 3 p.m. on SportsSouth. The Trojans have won three straight games and are one of the top perimeter shooting teams in the nation at 41.6-percent.

"They are a very dangerous team," Stansbury said. "You saw they just beat Miami of Ohio and had them down by 25 or 26 points. They lead the country in 3-pointers made per game, over 12 per game and 29 attempts per game. That's still pretty good shooting, over 40-percent. Anytime you shoot the ball like that you are a dangerous basketball team."

The Bulldogs just wrapped up a hectic week of finals but still managed to practice every day except Wednesday leading up to Saturday's matchup with Troy.

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