Michigan State defeated Mississippi State in March Madness opening round.

Charlotte, NC— On Thursday, Mississippi State basketball made its fourth NCAA Tournament berth since 2009. 

Fourth time in as many trips for the Bulldogs to return to Starkville after one March Madness game.

On Thursday at Spectrum Center, No. 8 seed Bulldogs (21-14) lost 69-51 to No. 9 seed Michigan State (20-14) in the NCAA Tournament first round.

Mississippi State trailed 12 early. The Bulldogs cut the deficit to five late in the first half but battled to stay within 10 in the second.

Mississippi State couldn't string stops despite Michigan State's 16 turnovers. Three Spartan players scored in double figures on 50% shooting.

Mississippi State's Tolu Smith struggles again. Mississippi State forward Tolu Smith scored 21 points in a Feb. 27 loss to Kentucky. 


He hasn't looked like an All-SEC player since, averaging 10.3 points in six games before the NCAA Tournament.


Mississippi State freshman guard Josh Hubbard has routinely performed well in key times this season. His first March Madness was similar.


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