February 6, 2012

Bulldogs correcting mistakes

Mississippi State has only lost to Ole Miss once in Starkville during the Rick Stansbury era.

Thursday night the 14-year coaching veteran hopes it stays that way.

Three weeks ago the Bulldogs dropped a 75-68 decision to Ole Miss on the road marking their first loss to the Rebels since 2009.

"We didn't play our best game and they played awful well," Stansbury said. "It's never easy on the road and they are good at home. Obviously we don't want to put them on the free throw line as much as we did that first time. Offensively rebounding was a factor in that game so we have to play better than we did last time."

In the Jan.18 contest at the Tad Smith Coliseum, Reginald Buckner of the Rebels had a career night going for 19 points and 15 rebounds - something Stansbury hopes to remedy this time around.

"We can't let him get as many easy rebounds around that rim, dunks and put backs," Stansbury said. "That's where he was best at that first game. He had several offensive rebounds and got some easy rebounds around that zone. We can't allow that to happen for sure."

Indiana transfer guard Nick Williams has also been playing well of late for Ole Miss and is averaging 10.4 points.

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