MISSISSIPPI STATE (23-12)
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School location: Starkville, Miss.
Coach: Rick Stansbury. He is 225-127 in 11 seasons at MSU, making him the winningest basketball coach in school history. This is his sixth NCAA tournament team, and he has taken three others to the NIT. His teams have averaged 22 wins over the last six seasons. They won the outright SEC title in 2004, the SEC West in 2004 and 2008 and the SEC tournament in 2002 and 2009.
How the Bulldogs got here: After finishing third in the SEC West with a 9-7 record, they earned an automatic bid by winning the SEC tournament, capped with a 64-61 win over Tennessee in the championship game on Sunday.
Outlook: MSU has won six straight games. The Bulldogs are led by 6-foot-9 center/forward Jarvis Varnado who averages 13.1 points, 9 rebounds and 4.7 blocks per game. His 165 blocks this season broke the SEC record he previously shared with Shaquille O'Neal, formerly of LSU. Overall, MSU is second in the nation in blocked shots, averaging 7.6 per game. … UW won the only previous meeting, 82-80, decision in the 1968 Gator Bowl Tournament in Jacksonville, Fla. … This is MSU's 11th NCAA tournament, with the Bulldogs holding an 11-9 all-time record. Last season, they defeated Oregon in the first round before being ousted in the second round by eventual national runner-up Memphis.