News from MSU Media Relations--January 6

The lastest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...

Men's Basketball
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State basketball fans will have their first opportunity to talk with MSU head basketball coach Rick Stansbury Monday in the 2006-07 season debut of "Dawgs Talk with Rick Stansbury."

The hour-long radio call-in show, featuring the Bulldogs' ninth-year head coach, will air each Monday night this season beginning at 6 p.m. CT on more than 25 radio stations throughout Mississippi.

In-state listeners can participate in "Dawgs Talk with Rick Stansbury," hosted by MSU broadcasting legend Jack Cristil, by calling toll-free 1-888-808-8637. Listeners in Jackson may participate in the call-in show by calling (601) 952-0986, while cellular phone owners (Cellular South customers only) may access the show by calling *222.


City... Station... Frequency
Aberdeen... WWZQ-AM... 1240
Amory... WAMY-AM... 1580
Batesville... WBLE-FM... 100.5
Biloxi... WTNI-AM... 1640
Booneville... WBIP-FM... 99.3
Bude... WMJU-FM... 104.3
Cleveland... WMJW-FM... 107.5
Columbia... WCJU-FM... 104.9
Corinth... WKCU-AM... 1350
French Camp... WFCA-FM... 107.9
Greenville... WDMS-FM... 100.7
Grenada... WOHT-FM... 92.3
Hattiesburg... WMXI-FM... 98.1
Houston... WCPC-AM... 940
Indianola... WTCD-FM... 96.9
Jackson... WOAD-FM... 105.9
Lucedale... WRBE-FM... 106.9
McComb... WAKK-FM... 104.9
Meridian... WMOX-AM... 1010
Monticello... WRQO-FM... 102.1
Philadelphia... WWSL-FM... 102.3
Tupelo... WKMQ-AM... 1060
Vicksburg... WVBG-FM... 105.5
West Point... WKBB-FM... 100.9
Wiggins... WIGG-AM... 1420
Winona... WONA-FM... 95.1
Yazoo City... WYAB-FM... 93.1

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Tipping off Southeastern Conference play on the road for only the second time during the Rick Stansbury era, the Bulldogs of Mississippi State (9-4) begin regular-season league action Sunday afternoon in Knoxville, Tenn., by taking on the 19th-ranked Tennessee Volunteers (12-2). Tip-off at UT's 24,535-seat Thompson-Boling Arena is set for 4 p.m. ET (3 p.m. CT), with the 110th series renewal between these inter-divisional league foes slated to be televised live by Lincoln Financial Sports. Tom Hammond is set to handle play-by-play duties, while Larry Conley will provide the color analysis for the telecast. Sunday's contest can also be heard on SIRIUS Satellite Radio Channel 107.

The 9-4 Bulldogs enter SEC play looking to snap their second two-game losing skid of the season after falling on the road during the past week to both Missouri (83-75) and George Mason (63-59). MState had put together a seven-game winning streak prior to the Christmas break. As a team, the Bulldogs begin league competition leading the SEC in blocks (7.2 bpg) and three-point percentage defense (.243), while ranking second in rebounding (41.2 rpg) and field-goal percentage defense (.365). This Sunday at Tennessee, MSU will be looking to snap streaks of eight straight SEC road losses (0-8 in SEC road games last season) and 10 consecutive setbacks to nationally ranked teams (0-3 vs. ranked foes last season and 0-7 in 2004-05).

Individually, Sunday's game in Knoxville will mark a Tennessee homecoming for five State players who all hail from the Volunteer State. Nashville native Jamont Gordon ranks among the SEC's top 10 leaders in scoring (15.3 ppg; 10th), rebounding (7.6 rpg; 8th) and assists (4.7 apg; 6th), while reigning Tennessee Class AAA Mr. Basketball Barry Stewart of Shelbyville rates as MSU's second-leading scorer and the No. 2 freshman scorer in the SEC at 11.6 points per outing. The Delk twins were all-state selections for Class AAA North Side High School in Jackson, while Varnado was an all-stater last season at Class AA Haywood High School in Brownsville. Together MSU's Tennessee quintet is combining to account for 66 percent of MSU's 2006-07 scoring totals, 58 percent of the rebounding and 61 percent of the club's assist numbers to this point of the season.

Guided by last year's AP SEC Coach of the Year Bruce Pearl, the Volunteers of Tennessee are 12-2 on the season and enter league play sporting a current eight-game winning streak. The defending SEC East champions' lone losses of the year came back-to-back to Butler (56-44) and North Carolina (101-87) at the NIT Season Tip-Off in New York. The Vols are led by junior guard Chris Lofton, who tops the SEC and ranks seventh nationally in scoring (22.3 ppg) in addition to pacing the conference in made 3-pointers per game (3.86/gm) on 47 percent shooting (54-116 treys) from beyond the arc. Junior guard JaJuan Smith averages 15.4 points per game and has made 35 three-point shots on the year, while freshman forward Duke Crews adds 10.3 points and a team-best 6.0 rebounds an outing.

The Volunteers hold a 71-38 all-time series advantage over Mississippi State through the years, though MSU owns a slight 9-8 series edge over Tennessee since the SEC went to divisional play in 1991-92. Dating back to their 1994 SEC Tournament first-round meeting in Memphis, 11 of the last 14 MSU-UT hardwood battles have been decided by 10 points or less. The last six Knoxville encounters between these two clubs have been decided by an average margin of only 5.2 points per contest.

Women's Basketball
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs (9-5) open Southeastern Conference play on Sunday afternoon against the Lady Razorbacks of Arkansas (15-2) in a 2 p.m. CT tip-off from Bud Walton Arena. Sunday afternoon's contest will be broadcast on MSU's radio station WMSV, FM 91.1, and can be heard live on the station's Web site,

Arkansas leads the all-time series with MSU, 13-9. The Lady Razorbacks have won four straight games in the series, dating back to the Jan. 16, 2005 matchup in Fayetteville. MSU's last win in the series came on March 4, 2004 when the Lady Bulldogs defeated UA 79-74 in the SEC Tournament in Nashville, Tenn.

MSU sophomore guard Robin Porter recorded the fifth double-double of her career with 11 points and 10 rebounds against Mercer in MSU's Jan. 2nd contest in Macon, Ga. Junior guard/forward Amy Reeder also tied her career high with nine points to help lead MSU to a 50-37 win over the Bears. Junior Imesia Jackson continues to lead the team in scoring, averaging 11.9 points per game. Both Porter and freshman Bethany Washington lead the team in rebounding, bringing down seven boards each contest.

Arkansas is off to one of its best start in school history, posting a 15-2 record and a #20/23 national ranking heading into Sunday's contest with Mississippi State. The Lady Razorbacks' losses on the season include a 69-94 defeat against North Carolina (11/26/06) and a 61-98 setback to Vanderbilt on Jan. 4.

Coldwater, Miss.-native Donica Cosby leads the team in scoring, averaging 12.4 points per game. Junior post player Lauren Ervin averages a double-double with 12.1 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. Against Vanderbilt, Cosby led the Lady ‘Backs with 15 points. The Commodores held Arkansas to just 30.4 percent shooting from the floor, including 2-of-14 (.143) from behind the arc.

Already this season, MSU has faced one ranked opponent -- then-13th ranked Purdue on Dec. 16, 2006, in West Lafayette, Ind. MSU is 26-170 against ranked opponents, including a 3-5 record against #20 and 0-1 against #23. MSU has not won against a ranked opponent since beating #20 Louisiana Tech at home on Nov. 30, 2004 (72-55). MSU's last win over a ranked conference opponent was on Feb. 12, 2004 when MSU took down 20th-ranked Florida, 88-76.

MSU's next contest, a Thursday, Jan. 11 matchup with Georgia, was selected by Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast for television. Tip-off is slated for 6 p.m. CT at Humphrey Coliseum to accommodate the broadcast. Thursday's game is designated as Family Four-Pack Night, with general admission tickets available for $3 each. MSU will also sponsor Mascot Night on Thursday evening, with Bully and friends on hand for entertainment.

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