1:00 PM ET, March 14, 2009
Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa, Florida
TAMPA, Fla. -- Rick Stansbury laid out Mississippi State's case for a spot in the NCAA tournament.The surging team's resume includes nine wins in the Southeastern Conference during the regular season, three more in the SEC tournament and a 7-1 record against the league's Eastern Division.
• By beating, its first ranked opponent of the season, Mississippi State (22-12) reached the SEC tournament final for the first time since 2003.
• The Aggies have won five straight, matching their longest streak of the season.
• LSU was the SEC regular-season champ but has lost three of four heading into the NCAA tournament. SEC player of the year Marcus Thornton missed 14 of 19 shots (0-6, 3-point FG) and finished with 14 points.
-- ESPN research
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||20-60 (.333)||22-71 (.310)|
|3P Made-Attempted||3-16 (.188)||4-16 (.250)|
|FT Made-Attempted||24-35 (.686)||9-13 (.692)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||13 (0/0)||26 (0/0)|