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No major setback for State

By RICK CLEVELAND,

Vic Schaefer’s Mississippi State Bulldogs lost four starters from last season’s SEC championship team.

They lost their leading scorer, first team All-American Victoria Vivians. They lost 90 percent of their 3-point shooting. Seven weeks ago, they lost their best 3-point shooter this season, Chloe Bibby.

New strategy for CUSA

By RICK CLEVELAND,

Tired of getting one bid annually to the NCAA Basketball Tournament – and believing it deserved more – Conference USA is trying something bold and different this season.

It almost surely won’t work. It will probably cost the schools more money. But at least they are trying something.

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