The Bulldogs (22-9) moved onto the semifinals and will face the winner of the next game between Georgia and Vanderbilt on Saturday.
When they play the way they did for much of Friday’s game, they’re easily one of the best four teams in this league. More specifically, when they shoot the ball the way they did against the Gators, they’re tough to beat.
Mississippi State was 10-of-20 from 3-point range and shot 57.1 percent from the field. The Bulldogs led by as many as 19 points with 13 minutes to play.
By most accounts, the Gators (21-12) were probably already in the NCAA Tournament prior to Friday’s game. Mississippi State is still one of those teams perched squarely on the bubble. It’s probably going to take at least one more win to make Selection Sunday interesting for the Bulldogs.