News from MSU Media Relations--December 17

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

Men's Basketball
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State travels to Cincinnati on Thursday to face the Bearcats in the SEC/Big East Challenge at U.S. Bank Arena in a game televised nationally by ESPN2.

Tipoff is slated for 5:30 p.m. and will feature the fourth meeting between the two schools. The Bulldogs (7-3) hold a 2-1 advantage, but in their last meeting on Dec. 21, 2001, in Las Vegas, the Bearcats (7-2) claimed a 90-56 victory.

Thursday also marks the fourth game for MSU away from the friendly confines of Humphrey Coliseum this season. Currently, the Bulldogs sport 1-2 road record, with a win at St. Bonaventure followed by two losses to Washington State and Texas Tech in the Legends Classic in Newark, N.J.

Mississippi State enters the contest led in scoring (12.4), rebounding (10.5) and blocked shots (62) by junior forward Jarvis Varnado, who has recorded a team-best four double-doubles on the year.

MSU will also be playing on television for the third time this season, with its first two outings resulting in losses to Washington State and Texas Tech. Dan Schulman will handle the play-by-play duties, while Bobby Knight will provide color commentary. Allen Hopkins is the sideline reporter.

After Thursday, the Bulldogs don't play again until Dec. 22 when they battle Nicholls State in Jackson, Miss., at Mississippi Coliseum. Their next game at Humphrey Coliseum is Dec. 30 against San Diego in a game televised by Fox Sports Net.

Women's Basketball
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State junior guard Alexis Rack has been named the Southeastern Conference Women's Basketball Player of The Week announced by the league office on Monday.

In the only game this past week against Memphis, Rack led MSU, scoring 19 points, 12 of which came on three-point field goals. The Franklin, La., junior also added five assists, three steals and a rebound in a season-best performance.

Through seven games this season, Rack is averaging 9.6 points, 3.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists a game which is second in the league. Rack also has 13 steals and a block on the season, helping the Lady Bulldogs to their best start since the 1999-2000 season.

Rack becomes just the eighth Lady Bulldog Basketball Player to receive the honor and the first since Tan White garnered the award in 2005.

Rack and the rest of the Lady Bulldogs will be back in action Tuesday night when they travel to Hattiesburg, Miss., to face Southern Mississippi. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at the Reed Green Coliseum on the USM campus.

STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Mississippi State Athletic Department announced Monday that 2009 Bulldog Football Season tickets are now on sale online and by phone at the Athletic Department Ticket Office.

Full-price season tickets are $240, an increase of only $40 over last season's six-game home schedule. The Bulldogs will host seven home games in 2009, with non-conference matchups against Jackson State, Georgia Tech and Houston along with Southeastern Conference games against LSU, Alabama, Florida and Ole Miss.

"This could very well be the best home schedule we have ever had," said Mississippi State Athletic Director Greg Byrne. "We anticipate very high demand for season tickets."

Mississippi State also announced the addition of a new ticket plan, the Top Dog Plan, which will replace the Family Plan and the Maroon Plan that has been sold in previous years. This plan will be priced at $115 and will be located in the 700 level of Davis Wade Stadium. Maroon Plan ticket holders from a year ago will have the opportunity to retain their previous seats under the Top Dog Plan, and new ticket holders will be assigned based on Bulldog Club priority and date received.

Several priority sections in Bulldog Club areas well also have new contribution values assigned to them for the 2009 season. The values have increased in the Club Level as well as the 100 and 200 levels and Section D on the west side. All other priority seat obligations remain the same. The pledge deadline for 2009 football season priority is April 1, 2009. New season ticket buyers who wish to sit in priority sections will be assigned seats based on Bulldog Club priority rank and may make a seating request when tickets are ordered.

In addition to the new donation values, the visitors will be relocated for 2009 and the students will receive an additional section in the 700 level on the East Side.

"We received great support from our student body in 2008, selling over 11,000 student season tickets, and we want to be sure they have plenty of room for the 2009 season," Byrne said. "The students are a big part of our gameday atmosphere and we rely on them to make Davis Wade Stadium a special place to play."

Tickets can be purchased by visiting the Athletic Ticket Office page on or by phone at 888-GO-DAWGS.

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