March 3, 2009

Stansbury talking Gators

Mississippi State is no doubt going through it's toughest struggles of the season of late. The Bulldogs have dropped three straight games and five of their last six.

But an experienced coach like Rick Stansbury knows that the season is far from over even though the regular season is drawing to a close. He understands it does not take much for a team like his to get hot and make a run late in the season but MSU will have to play much better than it did against Auburn on Saturday night in it's next game with Florida on Wednesday night.

"It's very obvious we've got to find a way to bounce back after a tough loss Saturday night," Stansbury said. "It's never easy when you play a Florida team. They are always one of the most skilled and better offensive teams in the league and as always Billy (Donovan) does a good job with them. We will have a huge challenge ahead of us here Wednesday night."

The Gators are experiencing their share of setbacks as well. Florida has lost two consecutive games and are 2-4 over their last six conference matchups. But Stansbury still expects the Gators to pose a threat offensively when they come to Starkville.

"They push the tempo and that's the way they play," Stansbury said. "I don't expect them to come in here and do anything different with the way they play. They are going to get the ball up and down the floor and they are going to spread you out. They've got multiple guys that can really shoot it and (Alex) Tyrus on the inside who can score the ball. They are a very potent offensive basketball team. They can beat you from a lot of different positions."

State made possibly it's poorest showing of the season in their 76-58 loss to the Tigers on Saturday. The Bulldogs shot only 35.1-percent for the game and hit just 9-of-30 from behind the arc in that game.

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