January 11, 2012

Not time to panic

If you look at Mississippi State's schedule thus far things have been pretty consistent with one glaring exception.

The 20th ranked Bulldogs have held every opponent to 75 points or less but last Saturday Arkansas erupted for 98 points and handed them their first conference loss.

In fact it was the most points a Rick Stansbury team has allowed since 2005 but it has not caused the veteran head coach to be too alarmed just yet.

"I'm not going to panic on the Arkansas game," Stansbury said. "I'm going to look at it as kind of the offense led to some defensive problems too. We've only given up 70 points one other time so defensively we've been pretty good and consistent so I'm not going to panic on some things. That's kind of the way the whole game went. Offensively we weren't as good and caused us to do some things that led to some points defensively too that allowed them to have 98 points."

MSU struggled with the Razorbacks relentless full court press and turned the ball over 18 times in Fayetteville.

"We've seen a lot of presses all year long," Stansbury said. "That was different up there. It all sped us up. It was just different and there is no way you can simulate it in practice. Give them credit though they made shots a lot of different ways from a lot of different people too. Given them credit for us playing the way we played."

The Bulldogs also struggled to get the ball in the paint against Arkansas. Junior forward Arnett Moultrie, the team's leading scorer, only had six shot attempts in the game and finished with 9 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out.

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