Published: Thu, March 15, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Mississippi State receives 1-seed in NCAA Tournament

Mississippi State made history with its first No. 1 seed after putting together a 32-1 regular season that saw MSU win the first SEC regular-season championship in program history.

The Bulldogs will open tournament play at Humphrey Coliseum on Saturday at 5 p.m. "I thought we'd get either Grambling or Nicholls, the two 16 seeds in our geographic area, in the first round".

"To be a No. 1 seed is extremely special", said senior guard Blair Schaefer, the coach's daughter. The Bulldogs are coming off a stunning first loss of the season when they lost to SC in the Southeastern Conference Tournament championship game just over a week ago in a 62-51 contest. I can't tell you just how thankful I am that we have fans who want to come and pack themselves into the place just to watch us play.

Each of the previous two years, Mississippi State had one of the highest-attended regional sites. The Orange and the Cowgirls will play Saturday at 2:30 p.m., also on ESPN2.

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The Bulldogs will host the first and second rounds for the third-straight year, welcoming Nicholls, Oklahoma State and Syracuse to Humphrey Coliseum.

"I'm always anxious to see how we respond after our first loss", Vic Schaefer said. This season, State set the program attendance record as 113,814 filed into the Hump this season, including an arena-record 10,794 for MSU's February 5 win against SC. "That's their version of being humorous. Both of those teams are much better than when we played them and have great players and coaches".

The Women's NCAA Tournament gets underway this weekend. State is 14-9 all-time in the event, with its best finish coming last season as the national runner-up. The top four seeds in the Regional are No. 2 Texas, No. 3 UCLA, and No. 4 North Carolina State.

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