Post­sea­son fu­ture clouded up for Bull­dogs af­ter loss to Vols

Starkville Daily News - - SPORTS - By JOEL COLE­MAN [email protected]­

With one big loss, Mis­sis­sippi State's NCAA Tour­na­ment hopes are now on life sup­port.

The Bull­dogs fell 76-54 to Ten­nessee on Tues­day night at Humphrey Coli­seum. It was a game that, should MSU have won it, likely would have put State in the driver's seat for an at-large berth to the big dance.

In­stead, the Bull­dogs are now fac­ing an up­hill climb with just one reg­u­lar sea­son game and the South­east­ern Con­fer­ence Tour­na­ment re­main­ing.

“This was a very tough loss to take against a re­ally good team,” Mis­sis­sippi State head coach Ben How­land said.

The Bull­dogs now likely need a win on Satur­day at LSU and a deep run in the SEC Tour­na­ment to have a shot at the school's first NCAA Tour­na­ment ap­pear­ance in nine years.

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