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03/18/04

Mississippi State Ready For Big Dance Tipping Off Play Against Monmouth

Mississippi State has more talent on this Bulldogs team when compared to the 1996 Final Four team.

Timmy Bowers runs the show using his God-given talents and leadership.

The former Harrison Central high school standout displayed his talents while leading the Red Rebels of Coach Ricky Stone to the 2000 5A State Title.

Timmy says the #2 seed really doesn't matter. Even if the Bulldogs were a #1 seed, you still have to win each and every game.

Bowers said, "One seed, two seed, ten seed, it really doesn't matter. As long as we get an opportunity to play and get a chance to redeem ourselves after losing to Butler in the first round last year is great. It would have been tough not having a chance to compete for the National Championship."

6 foot 9 Lawrence Roberts gives Mississippi State a dominate force inside the paint.

Roberts said, "From here on out its one game at a time. We've got to win to advance so. We're going to go in each game knowing that its all or nothing. We have to get out there and prepare for each game."

Roberts has been in the training room receiving treatment trying to improve his sprained right ankle.

Bulldogs head coach Rick Stansbury has plenty of confidence in his team saying, "We won't do anything different for this game. This team has been pretty good. We're 25 and 3. We've had two losses before Vanderbilt and after each loss we've been pretty good."

Long distance shooting whiz Shane Power can't wait for Friday's tip off.

He said, "At this point in the season seeding don't really matter. Everyone enters 0 and 0. It's a three week season so it's all about winning games right now. At this point if we had to play the Lakers we would go out there and try and beat the Lakers.

The Monmouth Hawks aren't the Lakers. However, whenever March Madness rolls around, upsets will and do happen. There's always a Cinderella team ready to take the spotlight. Mississippi State must take advantage of their overall talent, make a stand and eliminate the Hawks from New Jersey.

By A.J. Giardina

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