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MSU names Howland new hoops coach

Mississippi State made quick work in hiring its next men’s basketball coach. The Bulldogs reached an agreement with former UCLA head coach Ben Howland on Monday to take the position vacated when Rick Ray was fired after three seasons on Saturday.

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MSU fires Ray after three seasons

Rick Ray was fired after three seasons on a Saturday.  (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Mississippi State director of athletics Scott Stricklin fired men’s basketball coach Rick Ray after three seasons on a Saturday. Ray went 37-60 during his stint in Starkville including a 13-41 mark in league play over that span after taking over

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Staley uncertain about dual-sport future

Elijah Staley is uncertain if he will attempt to play basketball moving forward for the Bulldogs. (Logan Lowery/ Daily Journal)

If it were up to Elijah Staley, he would be preparing to take the court with Mississippi State against Auburn in the opening round of the SEC Tournament in Nashville tonight. Instead the two-sport athlete is continuing rehab on his

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Auburn preview

I.J. Ready tied a career-high with 18 points during the previous game with Auburn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

NASHVILLE, Tenn., – Mississippi State will open the 2015 SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament at Bridgestone Arena hoping to prolong its season. The 12th-seeded Bulldogs only hope of reaching the postseason is through an automatic bid by winning the SEC Tournament.

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Ray ready for SEC Tournament

Mississippi State head coach Rick Ray talks about his team as they prepare for the SEC Tournament in Nashville. The Bulldogs are 2-2 in the SEC Tournament under Ray by winning the opening round game each of his two years.

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Ray talks Tigers

Mississippi State’s Rick Ray joined the rest of the league’s coaches on the SEC men’s basketball teleconference on Monday to discuss the Bulldogs recent performances and preview its match-ups this week. Here is a transcript of Ray’s time on the call…   Opening

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Postgame interviews: Missouri

Mississippi State closed out the regular season with a 52-43 victory over Missouri to snap a five-game losing skid. Afterwards, head coaches Rick Ray and Kim Anderson spoke as well as players Roquez Johnson, Craig  Sword, Namon Wright and Johnathan

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Missouri preview

Walk-on Jeffery Johnson will be one of four seniors honored today. (Logan Lowery/ Daily Journal)

Regular season play comes to a conclusion on Saturday as Mississippi State hosts Missouri in a Senior Night showdown. Tip-off at Humphrey Coliseum is set for 5:30 p.m. on the SEC Network, with Matt Stewart and Darrin Horn providing courtside

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Bulldogs help again with tornado relief

The Mississippi State men’s basketball team helped with the clean-up in the devastating tornadoes that ripped through Tupelo and North Mississippi last year. The Bulldogs efforts did not end there. MSU will collect donations prior to Saturday’s home finale against

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State drops decision at Vanderbilt

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A 10-0 run midway through the second half gave Vanderbilt new life and put an end to Mississippi State’s hopes at a road win. Vanderbilt shot 55.3 percent from the floor and continued its string of strong

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Vanderbilt preview

Senior guard Isaiah Butler and the Bulldogs are going for a season sweep against Vanderbilt. (Logan Lowery/ Daily Journal)

Mississippi State was able to snap a 16-game SEC losing streak with a 57-54 home win over Vanderbilt on Jan. 17. Rick Ray and the Bulldogs are hoping to end their most recent four-game skid traveling to Nashville to face

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