“It’s thrilling after the method the season ended last year,” Howland stated. “That was so heartbreaking.”

Every college basketball team throughout the country shouldn’t take any video game it gets to play this season for granted. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, programs everywhere are in jeopardy of having actually games cancelled anytime.

Ole Miss canceled its very first four games of the season because of a coronavirus break out amongst its program. The Rebels were expected to play 3 video games against Jackson State, Arkansas State and Central Arkansas this week. They’ve all been ditched, and Dec. 5’s game versus Memphis was wiped from the slate, too.

” We talk about it with our team daily about how COVID is just out of control in our nation,” Howland stated. “How it’s at all-time highs in terms of day-to-day people coming down with it. Hospitalizations are at an all-time high. Deaths daily are at an all-time high. So there is certainly a great deal of concern.”

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Howland said MSU has actually not had any blockages because of favorable coronavirus tests within the program. He applauded the university’s staff for keeping the coaches and players healthy.

Mississippi State is scheduled to play either Liberty or Purdue on Thanksgiving in a 2nd Area Coast Difficulty video game. Then the Bulldogs return to Starkville for their home opener versus Texas State on Monday.

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Howland said his group remains in “rebuilding mode” after losing its four leading scorers from last year’s team. Redshirt sophomore Tolu Smith was with the group in 2015 but had to sit the season out after transferring in from Western Kentucky.

The 6-foot-10, 245-pound forward will need to be a huge factor for an inexperienced Bulldog team, but he stated he is confident his teammates will increase to the difficulty of stepping up in the wake of losing prominent players like Reggie Perry and Robert Woodard, who were both picked in last week’s NBA Draft.

” I feel like all around we simply got a great group of men,” Smith stated. “Guys who are just ready to work. Blue-collar athletes. I recognized that from the dive. Simply people who wish to can be found in and work daily. I seem like with that alone, we will achieve success.”

Redshirt sophomore guard D.J. Stewart stated he understood he ‘d need to step up, too, when Perry, Woodard and guards Tyson Carter and Nick Weatherspoon left after last season. Like Smith, Stewart applauded Mississippi State’s scrappy chemistry.

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” We’re actually tough,” Stewart stated. “I feel like we complete actually difficult. I do not believe we are going to let individuals be available in and just beat us. We have a lot of battle in these young guys that can be found in. I actually believe we’re going to be a difficult, competing group.”