February 17, 2009

Horn talking Mississippi State

Like Mississippi State, South Carolina is also one of the teams that are on the bubble for an NCAA Tournament bid.

But the Gamecocks seem to be headed in the opposite direction of MSU. South Carolina has won six of its last seven games and are now 7-3 in conference play.

Even thought the Bulldogs lost two consecutive games last week, South Carolina head coach Darrin Horn has plenty of respect for their abilities.

"This Mississippi State team is a team that is extremely dangerous," Horn said. "They shoot the ball unbelievably well with multiple guys from the perimeter. They have one of the premier shot blockers literally in college history and their program as well. I think Rick (Stansbury) has done a terrific job with this group and getting them to play to their strengths. They are always tough at home and like every road game in the SEC, it will be a tough road game for us."

Horn feels the biggest obstacle facing his team will be finding their man when the Bulldogs spread the ball around the perimeter with their four guard offense.

"I think the biggest challenge when you watch Mississippi State play is in transition," Horn said. "Most people are running a big guy to the rim and a couple of guys on the perimeter in that standard look. They are running four guys out to the perimeter and one guy is trying to find somebody. I think that is a challenge for our whole team as much as anything."

State was one of the hottest 3-point shooting teams in the league this season but have cooled off some during their last few games and are now ranked third in the conference shooting 37.3-percent. Horn believes that some of their shooting woes lately have come from adjustments in the way their opponents guarded but understands the Bulldogs can catch fire quickly from behind the arc.

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