January 6, 2012

Stansbury ready to open league play

The non-conference season is over.

No. 15 Mississippi State lost only twice during the first two months of the year but now have to turn things up a notch as they enter the SEC portion of the schedule.

But as good as the Bulldogs have been at times this year head coach Rick Stansbury believes they can be much better.

"I think there's a lot of room for improvement with this, probably a lot more than some of the other teams I've had going into this time," Stansbury said. "That's what I'm thinking -some other teams I've taken into this time of the year, you don't have that level of improvement left. You have some guys hitting on all cylinders effort wise and executing - doing those kinds of things. That's why I think there's a lot of improvement left for this team. The thing that's different about this team is we have multiple weapons, which keeps you from having to execute quite as well and still allows you to win games. If you get those guys executing and doing those things with multiple weapons, it makes you even better."

MSU opens up their conference slate on Saturday going on the road to take on Arkansas. The Bulldogs have won their last two of their last three trips to Bud Walton Arena and six of their last seven games against the Razorbacks overall.

"I'll tell you this, when that place is right, that's the most difficult place to play in this league," Stansbury said. "What makes places always difficult is the team you go play against. You're not having to play against that crowd, even though it's a factor, but it's that team that you have to play against. They probably hadn't been as consistent lately, even though they've had some good teams."

Possibly the most impressive thing about the Bulldogs start is the way they have done it. State has utilized several starting lineups due to injuries, suspsensions and sickness but still found a way to come out on top.

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