December 25, 2010

Hawaii Preview

Thursday night Mississippi State was able to give head coach Rick Stansbury a 69-52 win over San Diego on his birthday.

Today the Bulldogs hope to give their fans a victory for Christmas taking on host Hawaii in their final game of the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu. The game will decide the tournaments fifth place team.

It has been an eventful road trip for MSU to say the least. The Bulldogs began with a lopsided loss against Virginia Tech in the Bahamas and were greeted in Hawaii with a defeat at the hands of Washington State as well. They bounced back to beat San Diego in the second game but suffered an embarrassing off the court brawl between junior forward Elgin Bailey and sophomore forward Renardo Sidney in the stand following the win.

Both Bailey and Sidney have been suspended indefinitely and were sent back home on separate flights. State will travel to Las Vegas to take on St. Mary's on Wednesday and both Bailey and Sidney will not be playing in that contest. The Bulldogs do hope to have sophomore John Riek in the lineup for that game. The 7-foot-1, center was not originally included on the long road trip due to passport issues traveling to the Bahamas.

This afternoon will be the fourth ever meeting between Mississippi State and Hawaii with the Bulldogs holding a 2-1 advantage in the series. The two teams last meet on Dec. 27, 1987 with MSU claiming a 68-55 win.

The Bulldogs hold a 15-8 all-time record against teams from the Western Athletic Conference.

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