January 29, 2009

Stansbury talking Rebels

Anytime Ole Miss and Mississippi State meet in any sport there is an automatic rivalry.

But Saturday's basketball contest counts for much more than bragging rights this year. A win would keep the Bulldogs in contention for the Southeastern Conference Western Division title while a victory for Ole Miss could turn things around after an upset win over Kentucky on Tuesday.

"It's obvious that we have our work cut out for us," said MSU head coach Rick Stansbury. "Ole Miss is playing extremely well. They are playing together and playing hard. I think they have got a great rhythm right now playing eight guys. Everybody knows when they are going to play and where they are going to play at. They can score some points. There are some guys that can jump up and make some 3-pointers. They are very athletic on the inside so we will have our work cut out for us on Saturday afternoon."

The Rebels 85-80 upset over Kentucky in Oxford snapped a three-game losing skid and impressed Stansbury with the job they did on the defensive end.

"I really thought they did a great job defensively," Stansbury said. "They've got some good size. Their guards are big, strong guards. If you look at their perimeter guys in Terrico White, David Huertas and Zach Graham, those are big, strong guys and they did a great job on Jodie Meeks. Even on the inside they are very thick and athletic in there with Malcolm White, DeAundre Cranston and Murphy Holloway. I thought they did a great job on the backboards."

Stansbury also feels that Ole Miss is a very dangerous team shooting the basketball as well. The Rebels shot 43.8-percent from the field and drained 10 treys in their win over Kentucky.

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