News from MSU Media Relations--March 4

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

Men's Basketball
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State concludes its regular-season home slate at 7 p.m. on Wednesday against the Florida Gators on "MSU Senior Night" at Humphrey Coliseum.

The game will be televised by Raycom and SportsSouth on select affiliates. Please consult local listings or for more information.

Tim Brando will call the play-by-play, while Joe Dean will serve as the analyst.

Prior to tip, MSU will recognize its three seniors – forward Brian Johnson, walk-on guard Christopher Gay and manager Kyle Robinson.

The Bulldogs (17-12, 7-7) enter the game having lost three-straight for the first time in more than two years, while the Gators (21-8, 8-6) are looking to snap their two-game slide.

State, which defeated Florida 68-59 last year in Gainesville, is also looking to beat the Gators back-to-back for the first time since the 2004 and 2005 seasons and for just the third time since 1983. Two years ago here, Florida claimed a 70-67 hard-fought contest.

The Bulldogs, who close out the regular season at 4 p.m. on Saturday at in-state rival Ole Miss, are led in scoring by Jarvis Varnado's 13.1 clip. Nick Calathes leads the Gators with an 18.4 average.

Women's Basketballl
STARKVILLE, Miss. - A trio of Mississippi State juniors were honored by Southeastern Conference coaches on Tuesday as Alexis Rack was named to the All-SEC First Team and Chanel Mokango and Armelie Lumanu were voted to the All-SEC Defensive Team.

A Franklin, La.,-native, Rack becomes just the sixth player in Mississippi State women's basketball history to earn first team laurels and the first since former Lady Bulldog Tan White did so in 2005. This season, Rack has led the Lady Bulldogs in scoring and ranks fifth in the SEC, averaging 14.7 points a game. She also leads the team and ranks fifth in the league in assists, dishing out 4.4 a game. Rack led the SEC during the regular season in three-point field goals made a game with 2.8 and ranks third in free-throw percentage, shooting 83 percent from the charity stripe.

Earlier this season, Rack became State's 15th member of the 1,000 point club, became Mississippi State's all time leader in three-point field goals made and currently stands 13th on MSU's list of top scorers with 1,095 career points.

Both from Kinshasa, Congo, juniors Chanel Mokango and Armelie Lumanu were two of just five players named to the All-SEC Defensive Team. Mokango leads the Southeastern Conference in blocked shots and ranks eighth nationally with 3.1 a game. Mokango has totaled 89 blocks this season and is one block short of doubling MSU's previous record of blocks in a season which was held by Cara Stokes who had 45 during the 1984-85 campaign.

Lumanu led Mississippi State and was fourth in the SEC in steals a game this season. She averaged 2.3 a game and has totaled 66 takeaways this season.

The Lady Bulldogs will open SEC Tournament play as the sixth seed on Thursday, matching up with 11th-seeded South Carolina. Game time is set for 9 p.m. CT at the Alltel Arena in North Little Rock, Ark.

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