STARKVILLE, Miss. - For the second consecutive year, a school-record 16 regular-season home games highlight Mississippi State University's 2006-07 men's basketball schedule, as announced this week by MSU Director of Athletics Larry Templeton.
In addition, MSU's competitive 2006-07 men's basketball slate will feature 17 outings against opponents that participated in either the NCAA Tournament or National Invitation Tournament a season ago.
Playing eight of their first 10 games at 10,500-seat Humphrey Coliseum, coach Rick Stansbury's 2006-07 Bulldogs will tip off the school's 95th season of collegiate basketball competition with a three-game homestand by playing host to Nicholls State (Nov. 11), Loyola Marymount (Nov. 13) and reigning NCAA Tournament participant Winthrop (Nov. 18).
Entering the new campaign with a 15-game, non-SEC road winning streak that dates back to the 2000-01 season, MSU's first chance to extend that impressive string takes place Nov. 21 at Clemson of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Following post-Thanksgiving home dates against Charlotte (Nov. 29), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (Dec. 2) and South Alabama (Dec. 9), the Bulldogs will hit the road again to take on another ACC foe in Miami of Florida on Dec. 11. Home contests versus McNeese State (Dec. 16) and Alabama State (Dec. 18) will precede a Dec. 21 meeting with the University of New Orleans to take place at Jackson's Mississippi Coliseum. This season will mark the fourth time in the last five years that Mississippi State will compete in the state's capital city.
The Bulldogs are slated to close out regular-season, non-conference play with challenging road stops at reigning NCAA Final Four entry George Mason and Big 12 Conference member Missouri on Dec. 30 and Jan. 2, respectively.
State's 16-game SEC schedule tips off with a Jan. 7 road contest against Tennessee, followed by a Jan. 10 home battle versus in-state rival Mississippi. After a Jan. 13 visit to Kentucky, the Bulldogs return to Starkville for a rare three-game conference homestand. Following a Jan. 20 home outing against Auburn, MSU will entertain back-to-back national champions Florida (NCAA) and South Carolina (NIT) at "The Hump" on Jan. 24 and 27, respectively. MState concludes the month of January by heading to Oxford to meet the Ole Miss Rebels in a season rematch set to be aired nationally on a Tuesday night (Jan. 30) by ESPN.
This year's SEC Men's Basketball Tournament will be held March 8-11 at Atlanta's Georgia Dome.
2006-07 MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
Wed., Nov. 1--AUBURN-MONTGOMERY [EXH.]--STARKVILLE
Sat., Nov. 4--OKLAHOMA CITY [EXH.]--STARKVILLE
Sat., Nov. 11--NICHOLLS STATE--STARKVILLE
Mon., Nov. 13--LOYOLA MARYMOUNT--STARKVILLE
Sat., Nov. 18--WINTHROP--STARKVILLE
Tues., Nov. 21--at Clemson--Clemson, S.C.
Wed., Nov. 29--CHARLOTTE--STARKVILLE
Sat., Dec. 2--TEXAS A&M-CORPUS CHRISTI--STARKVILLE
Sat., Dec. 9--SOUTH ALABAMA--STARKVILLE
Mon., Dec. 11--at Miami, Fla.--Coral Gables, Fla.
Sat., Dec. 16--McNEESE STATE--STARKVILLE
Mon., Dec. 18--ALABAMA STATE--STARKVILLE
Thurs., Dec. 21--^New Orleans--Jackson, Miss.
Sat., Dec. 30--at George Mason--Fairfax, Va.
Tues., Jan. 2--at Missouri--Columbia, Mo.
Sun., Jan. 7--at Tennessee--Knoxville, Tenn.
Wed., Jan. 10--MISSISSIPPI--STARKVILLE
Sat., Jan. 13--at Kentucky--Lexington, Ky.
Sat., Jan. 20--AUBURN--STARKVILLE
Wed., Jan. 24--FLORIDA--STARKVILLE
Sat., Jan. 27--SOUTH CAROLINA--STARKVILLE
Tues., Jan. 30--at Mississippi--Oxford, Miss.
Sat., Feb. 3--LSU--STARKVILLE
Wed., Feb. 7--at Alabama--Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Sat., Feb. 10--at Auburn--Auburn, Ala.
Wed., Feb. 14--ARKANSAS--STARKVILLE
Sat., Feb. 17--at LSU--Baton Rouge, La.
Wed., Feb. 21--VANDERBILT--STARKVILLE
Sat., Feb. 24--at Georgia--Athens, Ga.
Wed., Feb. 28--at Arkansas--Fayetteville, Ark.
Sun., Mar. 4--ALABAMA--STARKVILLE
March 8-11--+at SEC Tournament--Atlanta, Ga.
^ - at Mississippi Coliseum; + - at Georgia Dome
Amherst, N.Y. - Two current Mississippi State softball players helped the Stratford Brakettes capture its 27th Amateur Softball Association Women's National Championship, defeating the Southern California Sliders, 7-3 in Amherst, N.Y.
Junior outfielder Halye Guess was named an ASA Second Team All-American. Junior shortstop Courtney Bures was also a member of the national championship squad.
The four-day tournament featured 14 teams from around the nation. The Brakettes went undefeated (5-0) allowing only one run in their first four tournament games and four overall, outscoring opponents, 40-4.
Guess hit .299 (40-134) with a team-leading 45 runs and 24 walks. She also drove-in 24 runs and hit seven doubles in 46 games. Bures hit .379 (22-58) with 14 runs, nine RBI and four doubles. Bures missed most of the season, as she was a part of the Gold medal winning United States World University Games squad.
"I think it was a great opportunity for Hayle and Courtney both, to play with Ray Bestus," said MSU head coach Jay Miller. "When you talk about fastpitch softball, that's the most storied team (Stratford Brakettes) in the nation. To get an opportunity to compete at that level and win a national championship, they both got tremendous experience that should help us a great deal going into this year, not only on the field but off the field as well."
A 6-5 eight-inning win over the Southern California Sliders kept the Brakettes in the winner's bracket. After a 6-0 win over Storm USA, the Brakettes earned the National Championship with a 7-3 win over the Sliders.
The Brakettes had 12 new players this summer after all but five players moved on to the Connecticut Brakettes team in the National Pro Fast Pitch League.
The Mississippi State softball team will return to the field Saturday, September 23rd and Sunday, September 24th when they take on West Alabama and Wallace State in back-to-back doubleheaders.