Dec 13, 2013; Tupelo, MS, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs guard Andre Applewhite (2) shoots the ball against the Southeastern Louisiana Lions at Bancorpsouth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

Andre Applewhite Transfers as MSU Heads into SEC Play


 

The long, two-month non-conference schedule is about to come to a close and SEC play will begin on January 8th vs. Kentucky. State has improved greatly from a record standpoint in year 2 of the Rick Ray era. Going into conference play MSU was 5-7 last year – we look to be 10-3 this year. If that final win vs. Maryland Eastern-Shore is secured on Thursday night, it will equal the win total in all of last year.

As we go into the spring semester we learn that Guard Andre Applewhite will transfer. I don’t know for sure, but since we are in between semesters, I can only assume this has something to do with grades. It may not, but it is very curious why he would leave at this point. He averaged 5.5 PPG, 3.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists.

 

With the addition of Missouri and Texas A&M, the SEC now plays 18 conference games. Here is MSU’s schedule:

1. at Kentucky

2. vs. Ole Miss

3. at Alabama

4. vs. Texas A&M

5. vs. Auburn

6. at Ole Miss

7. vs. Florida

8. at Vanderbilt

9. Texas A&M

10. vs. Kentucky

11. vs. Georgia

12. at Auburn

13. at LSU

14. vs. Arkansas

15. vs. Tennessee

16. at Missouri

17. at Georgia

18. vs. South Carolina

Last year State was 4-14 in the SEC, and then picked up a win in the tournament for a 5th win. Can we eclipse that? Just two more wins would put Ray’s squad at 16-16 on the year and you’d have to think that might be good enough to get into a postseason tournament such as the CBI or potentially the NIT if we could muster a better record. We’ll see what might happen, should be fun.

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