Sideline View by Dale McKee

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Mississippi State’s women’s basketball team saw its historic season come to an end with an 88-84 loss to No. 7 Oregon in the Elite Eight on Sunday afternoon in Portland, Oregon. Teaira McCowan closed her career recording 19 points and 15 rebounds. She finished as the all-time leading rebounder in NCAA Tournament history with 240 boards in 19 games. MSU (33-3) closes the season as back-to-back SEC Champions. The senior class of 2019 finished their careers with the program’s all-time winning record at 132 and have advanced to the Sweet 16 every year along with making two National Championship appearances.

The Men’s Final Four is set. Two No. 5 seeds in Auburn and Michigan State, No. 3 Texas Tech, and No. 1 Virginia will meet in Minneapolis this weekend. Texas Tech and Auburn will be making their first appearance in the Final 4 while Virginia has only been twice before, and the last time was in 1984. Michigan State last made the Final 4 in 2015. They have made the finals ten times and won the national championship in 1979 and 2000. They have made the NCAA Tournament 22 consecutive seasons under coach Tom Izzo.

SEC Baseball in MLB
Ninety-six baseball players formerly from Southeastern Conference universities were on 2019 Major League Baseball Opening Day rosters. A total of 80 former baseball student-athletes from SEC schools were on 25-man rosters, and an additional 16 were listed on 40-man rosters or disabled lists. Every SEC university was represented on MLB Opening Day rosters, with each team boasting at least two former SEC players on MLB active rosters. Ole Miss players on opening day rosters are Zack Cozart (Angels), Lance Lynn (Rangers) Mike Mayers (Cardinals), Bobby Wahl (Brewers), Drew Pomeranz (Giants), Chris Ellis (Royals) and Jacob Waguespack (Blue Jays). MSU Bulldogs are Adam Frazier (Pirates), Jonathan Holder (Yankees), Dakota Hudson (Cardinals), Mitch Moreland (Red Sox), Hunter Renfroe (Padres), Chris Stratton (Angels), Brandon Woodruff (Brewers) and Kendall Graveman (Cubs).
Together Again
Brandon Woodruff of Milwaukee and Dakota Hudson of St. Louis were the starting pitchers in last Saturday's game between the Brewers and the Cardinals. Hudson took the pitching loss while Woodruff had a no-decision. Both played on the 2016 MSU baseball team.
LSU still has MSU number
This year's Bulldogs lost another home series to LSU. LSU has taken the last 16 series in Starkville. The Bulldogs (24-5, 5-4) were outscored in the final two games after taking a 6-5 series-opening win. MSU will travel to Tennessee this weekend. Ole Miss surprised No. 8 Arkansas and took two of three from the homesteading Razorbacks. Ole Miss (20-9, 5-4) will host Florida this weekend. USM lost their first conference series of the year, two of three at UTSA. The Golden Eagles (17-8, 7-2) host Marshall this weekend. Ole Miss and USM will meet on Tuesday, April 9, in Pearl for their annual Jackson contest.
College Football
Ole Miss football hosts their Grove Bowl this Saturday at 3 p.m. The game will also be on the SEC Network. Mississippi State and USM will have their spring games on April 13. It will be a full afternoon of football on the SEC Network this Saturday. The South Carolina spring game is slated for an 11 a.m. kickoff with LSU to follow at 1 p.m. and then the Ole Miss game at 3 p.m.
Mississippi State and Ole Miss football players from the 2018 teams worked out in front of NFL scouts this week. State had 19 former players while Ole Miss had 17 who performed for the scouts. The NFL first-year draft is slated for April 25-27 in Nashville.
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