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Northwestern and Mississippi State will play in the Gator Bowl.
The Wildcats (9-3) and Bulldogs (8-4) accepted invitations Sunday, giving the New Year's Day bowl a less-than-marquee matchup. The Gator Bowl pitted Florida and Ohio State last season, an intriguing matchup that featured Urban Meyer's former team against his future team.
This time, the bowl wasn't nearly as fortunate.
Sure, Northwestern is playing on New Year's Day for the third time in four years. But the Wildcats aren't known for filling stadiums. And Mississippi State is back in Jacksonville for the second time in three years. In 2010, coach Dan Mullen and the Bulldogs were one of the surprises of the Southeastern Conference. This time, though, MSU comes in having lost four its last five games.
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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Mississippi State had nine players score, including 10 from sophomore Kendra Grant, but the effort wasn't enough as an Ance Celmina basket with six seconds left rallied Southern Mississippi to a 61-59 win Saturday afternoon at Reed Green Coliseum.
Celmina's winner came just seconds after MSU's Jerica James tied the game with at 3-point basket with 21 seconds.
Such a fine time was had by all Bulldogs two years ago, why not do it all over again? So Mississippi State is happily taking a return trip to Jacksonville for New Years Day to play in the Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl.
Mississippi State is on the prowl for a few January enrollees. This past weekend, the Bulldogs hosted Hargrave offensive lineman, Sunny Odogwu. The talented offensive tackle reports that his time in the land of True Maroon was extremely positive.
After three days without a game the Friars returned to action on Saturday at noon, competing in the Big East/SEC Challenge. Providence outlasted Mississippi State, 73-63.
FSNextTV: Mississippi State men's senior basketball player Wendell Lewis talks to the media December 3, 2012.
Although he already knew Mississippi State was where he is going to be playing, State commitment Kivon Coman still had a very exciting weekend visiting Bulldog County this past weekend.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - A valiant comeback fell short Saturday afternoon as the Mississippi State men's basketball team dropped a 73-63 decision to Providence at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.