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To say Sunday was a crappy day for Mississippi State head coach Rick Stansbury would be bordering on extreme understatement. Not only did his Bulldogs miss making the NCAA Tournament
by .01 of a second — thanks to the big paws of DeMarcus Cousins
— he also got absolutely smashed by John Wall during an attempt by Wall to deflect a long pass. Unfortunately for Stansbury, he wasn’t quite paying attention when Wall’s path led him directly into the shoulder of the Mississippi State coach.
The result: Stansbury got hammered like he was playing SEC Football.
Video after the jump >>
Introducing your new NCAA all-time blocked-shots leader, Mississippi State Bulldog, Jarvis Varnado
. Varnado claimed sole possession of the title last night, during the Bulldogs win against the Alabama Crimson Tide. The record-breaking block — Varnado had eight in the game (Wowzers) — came against a shot from the Tide’s Mikhail Torrance. Varnado’s career blocks total stands at 536.
The previous record, held by Louisiana-Monroe’s Wojciech Mydra, was 535.
I’m not sure what’s rarer: the blocked shots record being broken or the fact the team with the record-breaking player actually won. Usually, when an individual accomplishment occurs in these kinds of games, the team with the record-breaker seems to wind up on the losing end. Not so with Mississippi State. Not only did they avoid the team letdown, the Bulldogs also kept their March Madness hopes alive.
Video of Varnado’s record-breaking block after the jump >>
Thanks to a hard fought win
— courtesy of some questionable calls — Kentucky Wildcats center DeMarcus Cousins got the last word against the Mississippi State fans with a win that was so bitter for Bulldogs fans to swallow, they resorted to pelting the floor with water bottles and other various drink containers. While some of the crowd’s ire was directed at the referees, thanks to little cell phone war between State fans and Cousins, more than a little of their animosity was directed at Cousins and his teammates.
Of course, the fact Cousins reminded the opposing fans to “call me” after a first-half dunk only helped exacerbate the situation.
Video of such good times after the jump >>
There’s an uber-ly talented freshman playing for John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats who is quickly becoming the talk of the town. No, I’m not talking about the Great Wall of Kentucky either. I’m referring to Mister Double-Double
, DeMarcus Cousins. Because Cousins is known to have something of a quick, emotional trigger, he’s become the target of opposing fan banter, which is done to throw Cousins off his game.
While I’m not sure the verbal sparring had the same effect as does Cousins getting beat up in the paint, that didn’t stop Mississippi State fans from giving it the old college try. You see, Kentucky plays Mississippi State in Starkville tonight, and to prepare themselves, Bulldogs fans have been contacting Cousins via the accepted manner in today’s society:
On his cell phone.
After the jump, we have video of Cousins’ reaction to the phone pranks >>
When you are winning basketball games at the University of Kentucky, you could probably shoot a member of the government and the fanbase would forgive you. However, once you start losing, the coaching seat goes from “warm and inviting” to “contentious and hot.” After losing to the Bulldogs of Mississippi State
in a team-being-ripped-apart manner
— the third consecutive loss, two of which happened in Lexington, for a Wildcats team who started SEC play by winning their first five games — Billy Gillispie is starting to feel some of the heat
that comes with coaching at a place like Kentucky.
More on Gillispie’s issues after the jump >>
It’s been a trying season for UK basketball fans, but that shouldn’t stop folks from having a good time with it, as evidenced by this email that turned up in my inbox:
Lexington, KY (AP) – A seven-year-old Frankfort, KY boy was at the center of a Franklin County courtroom drama yesterday when he challenged a court ruling over who should have custody of him. The boy has a history of being beaten by his parents and the judge initially awarded custody to his aunt, in keeping with child custody law and regulations requiring that family unity be maintained to the degree possible.
The boy surprised the court when he proclaimed that his aunt beat him more than his parents and he adamantly refused to live with her. When the judge then suggested that he live with his grandparents, the boy cried out they also beat him. After considering the remainder of the immediate family and learning that domestic violence was apparently a way of life among them, the judge took the unprecedented step of allowing the boy to propose who should have custody of him.
After two recesses to check legal references and confer with child welfare officials, the judge granted temporary custody to the Kentucky Wildcats, whom the boy firmly believes are not capable of beating anyone.
After last night’s loss to Mississippi State (have you ever seen a crowd more pumped up about beating a 7-7 team?), perhaps the judge is correct.