March 6, 2009

Stansbury talking Ole Miss

As is the case in most Southeastern Conference seasons, it will come down to the final weekend to lock down the seedings for the SEC Tournament.

Saturday's battle between in-state rivals Ole Miss and Mississippi State will determine which of those teams will become the No. 3 seed out of the Western Division.

Bulldog head coach Rick Stansbury has been through his share of battles at Tad Smith Coliseum over the last decade and expects Saturday to be no different.

"It's never easy when you go to Oxford," Stansbury said. "Andy (Kennedy) and them came off a huge win (Wednesday) night at Arkansas so I'm sure they are feeling good about themselves and they should. Ole Miss always plays pretty well at home so we will have to play awful well to have a chance up there."

Because of all the injuries in the Rebel backcourt this season they now pose an interesting matchup at point guard. 6-foot-5, 195-pound freshman Terrico White now occupies the position and is averaging 13.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game this season.

"It's very obvious that Terrico White is one of the most difficult matchups in this league," Stansbury said. "He has strength, athleticism, the ability to shoot it and the ability to come off the bounce. He's just a difficult matchup no matter who you put on him."

The MSU player responsible for guarding White is no push over either. Freshman point guard Dee Bost has been one of several underclassmen to shine this season for the Bulldogs. Bost is averaging 11.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists this year.



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