The Mississippi State Bulldogs in the city of Starkville play basketball in the SEC. The Bulldogs weren’t able to participate in the early editions of the NCAA Tournament because of state laws that outlawed collegiate competition in integrated events. However, Mississippi State disregarded these laws and played in the 1963 NCAA Tournament anyways. That was the Bulldogs only NCAA Tournament appearance before the 1990’s, since when they have made nine appearances.
The Bulldogs best NCAA Tournament run came in 1996. Mississippi State won the SEC Tournament to receive an automatic NCAA Tournament bid and received a #5 seed in the Southeast Region. The Bulldogs took care of #12 seed VCU Rams and #13 seed Princeton Tigers in the first two rounds to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. In the Sweet Sixteen, the Bulldogs played the #1 seed Connecticut Huskies and upset them 60-55. Mississippi State played the #2 seed Cincinnati Bearcats in the Elite Eight and pulled off yet another upset, winning 73-63. Dontae Jones led the team in scoring and rebounding in that game. In the Final Four, Mississippi State played the #4 seed Syracuse Orangemen out of the West Region and lost by a score of 77-69.
Mississippi State Bulldogs Recent NCAA Tourament History
The Bulldogs last NCAA Tournament appearance came in 2009. Mississippi State wasn’t a team that was in the running for an at-large NCAA Tournament, but the Bulldogs received an automatic berth by winning the SEC Tournament. Mississippi State won the tournament by upsetting several teams that include the South Carolina Gamecocks, the LSU Tigers, and the Tennessee Volunteers. The Bulldogs were ranked as a #13 seed in the NCAA Tournament and was paired against the #4 seed Washington Huskies in the first round. Mississippi State lost the game by a score 71-58.