Mississippi State players and coaches have just taken their turns at the microphone.
1.) MSU coach Rick Stansbury wants all the Oregon fans to funnel their Husky-hate into adopting his team tomorrow.
2.) He also says its a misconecption that there was some notable turning point in his team's season, just because they've won six games in a row. He says that was more a function of the schedule and a few close losses in the middle of the season that didn't really reflect a team playing poorly. However, he does admit that some of his freshmen are playing less like freshmen now.
3.) Speaking of freshmen: Which team has a true freshman starting point guard who played last season at a prep school? Answer: Both. And MSU coach Stansbury seems to think Dee Bost's matchup with UW's Isaiah Thomas could be one of the keys to the game. Stansbury particularly stresses Bost's ability to keep opposing guards from getting into the paint. Hmm.
4.) However, it seems that the shot-blocking abilities of MSU forward Jarvis Varnado going to be the focus of most pregame stories. Stansbury says Varnado blocks his 4.7 shots per game and influences a lot more than that. He also said that Varnado doesn't just block shots into the stands, but instead has a knack for either blocking them to himself or teammates, so the majority result in the Bulldogs taking possession.