News from MSU Media Relations--Sept. 19

The latest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...Volleyball and Men's Basketball.

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State middle blocker Lainey Wyman, the SEC's total blocks leader, has been named Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week.

The Plainfield, Ill., product totaled 26 kills, hit .276 and registered seven blocks during last weekend's SEC season-opening competition against No. 7 Florida and South Carolina. The Bulldogs played a tight match in a 3-0 loss to the defending SEC champion Gators before evening their league record Sunday with a 3-2 win over the Gamecocks.

"I am so proud of all that Lainey has done in her short time at Mississippi State," said head coach Jenny Hazelwood. "She is such a great competitor and we can expect great things from her this season."

She becomes the third Mississippi State player to earn SEC Volleyball Freshman of the Week honors, joining two-time honorees Martina Gregusova (2006) and Paris Perret (2010).

Wyman leads the SEC in total blocks with 48, ranks second in the league with a 1.14 blocks per set average, and leads the conference's freshmen in both kills (119) and blocks (48). Wyman hit .304 with 10 kills and four blocks against No. 7 Florida and added 16 kills with three blocks and three service aces in the win over South Carolina.

The rookie middle blocker is one of two Bulldogs to have started all 11 matches this year. Wyman has averaged better than 10 kills and nearly five blocks per match this fall.

Mississippi State travels to Fayetteville, Ark., Friday and Baton Rouge, La., Sunday to open SEC road competition for 2011.

Men's Basketball
STARKVILLE - A school-record seven non-conference basketball games will be televised this season, with three of Mississippi State's first five outings appearing on the ESPN family of networks.

The Bulldogs, under the direction of 14th-year coach Rick Stansbury, announced their schedule on Monday, and it's one that features 31 games, including18 at Humphrey Coliseum.

Overall, 23 of the regular season games are currently slated to be televised.

"It's as challenging of a non-conference schedule as we've ever had," Stansbury said. "I like our team, and this schedule will challenge us early and help prepare us for SEC play."

In addition to the featured 31 games, MSU will have two exhibition contests, starting with Florida Tech on Oct. 29 and concluding with a Nov. 4 showdown against defending NAIA national champions, Pikeville. Both games will tip at 7 p.m.

From that point, the 100th season of Mississippi State basketball officially begins on Nov. 7 against Eastern Kentucky (7 p.m.), followed by Akron on Nov. 9 (6 p.m.) on ESPNU. Both games are the opening regional rounds of the 2K Classic.

After a Nov. 12 game versus South Alabama, MSU travels to New York City for the final two outings of the 2K Classic at famed Madison Square Garden, starting at 6 p.m. on Nov. 17 against Texas A&M on ESPN2 and wrapping up with either St. John's or Arizona on Nov. 18 at either 3:30 or 7 p.m., also on ESPNU.

The Bulldogs then begin a six-game home stretch, starting with Louisiana-Monroe on Nov. 21 (7 p.m.), followed by UT-Martin on Nov. 25 (7 p.m.) and North Texas on Nov. 27 (1:30 p.m.).

On Dec. 3, West Virginia visits the Hump at 8 p.m. for the SEC/Big East Challenge that will be televised by ESPNU. The home stretch concludes with televised matchups against Troy (1 p.m., FSN) on Dec. 10 and Florida-Atlantic (CSS) on Dec. 17 (8 p.m.).

The Bulldogs get their first true road test of the year with a trip to Detroit-Mercy on Dec. 17 before heading to Jackson, Miss., to face Northwestern State on Dec. 22 at Mississippi Coliseum.

After the holiday break, MSU goes to Dallas to face Baylor on Dec. 28 at the American Airlines Center on ESPN2 before wrapping up the non-conference slate at home on Dec. 31 in a 1 p.m. affair against Utah State.

On Jan. 7, the Bulldogs open SEC action on the road, this time at Arkansas on Jan. 7 in an 8 p.m. game televised by CSS. MSU then plays its first of two Thursday affairs at Humphrey Coliseum against Tennessee on Jan. 12 at 8 p.m. on either ESPN or ESPN2. On Jan. 14, it's back at home against Alabama at 3 p.m. on the SEC Network, followed by a road trip to Ole Miss on Jan. 18 in an 8 p.m. showdown aired on CSS.

The Bulldogs close out the month of January starting at Vanderbilt on Jan. 21 (6 p.m., ESPN2), followed by a home game with LSU on Jan. 25 (7 p.m., SEC Network) and a trip to Florida on Jan. 28 (12:30 p.m., SEC Network).

Mississippi State tips the month of February with three-consecutive games at the Hump, beginning with Auburn on Feb. 4 (3 p.m., SEC Network). Ole Miss comes to town as part of Rivalry Week on Feb. 9 (6 p.m., ESPN or ESPN 2), and Georgia visits on Feb. 11 (12:30 p.m., SEC Network).

From there, the Bulldogs hit the road for two-straight games, beginning with a trip to LSU on Feb. 14 (8 p.m., ESPNU) and wrapping up at Auburn on Feb. 18 (7 p.m., FSN).

Then it's back home for a Super Tuesday ESPN showdown with Kentucky at 8 p.m. on Feb. 21 before going back on the road at Alabama on Feb. 25 (5 p.m., ESPN or ESPN2) and at South Carolina on Feb. 29 ( 7 p.m., SEC Network).

MSU concludes the regular season on March 3 against Arkansas at Humphrey Coliseum in a 4 p.m. game televised by FSN. The SEC Tournament is scheduled for March 8-11 at the Superdome in New Orleans.

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