Mississippi State Basketball comes up short in NIT Final

No one wants to miss the NCAA Tournament, but if missing out on the Big Dance is the trade off for being one of the last two teams on the dance floor at a slightly smaller dance, a team like Mississippi State can at least appreciate the alternative.

Here’s Head Coach Ben Howland following Sunday’s 77-64 loss to Memphis in the NIT title game. “The whole purpose for me of the opportunity to play in this NIT and do so well was to lead into next year and get us back into the NCAA Tournament, where we want to be. But I thought our guys really did a great job this year and I’m so proud of them and so proud of their effort, their togetherness, their coachability, the improvements we made from where we started.”

The Bulldogs end the 2021 season with an overall record of 18-15.

And another disappointing result in the WNIT Championship Game as the Ole Miss Lady Rebels fall to Rice by way of a 71-58 defeat.

It was the first championship game appearance of a post-season tournament in program history, ending the season at 15-12 overall.

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