March Madness, Manziel, and More-Sports Week in Review 3/11-3/17

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Better late than never! Welcome to this week’s sports review! Let’s take a look at what all happened this past week in the sports world!

Basketball

This week the SEC took it’s talents to Nashville to crown a conference champion.
Ole Miss would have it’s time in the country music capital be minimal. The Rebels took the court against the Alabama Crimson Tide, it would be Avery Johnson’s team to advance into day three. Bama beat the Rebels by a final of 62-57. Devontae Schuler would lead Ole Miss with 14 points and 7 rebounds in the losing effort. Breein Tyree was practically shut down in the game with only 7 points, 1 assist, and 4 rebounds.
Mississippi State on the other hand completely dominated Texas A&M in their opening game of the tournament with the final 80-54. Lamar Peters had 15 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists in the victory. Moving on, the Bulldogs drew the next round matchup with the Tennessee Volunteers. This is where State would end their efforts in Nashville. The Vols would win by a final of 83-76. Quinndary Weatherspoon had 17 points, 2 assists, and 1 rebound.
So where do we go from here?
It’s time for March Madness and the NCAA Tournament. Both the Bulldogs and Rebels had their names called on Sunday to be apart of the big dance.
Mississippi State was selected as a 5 seed in the East Region, their first game will be Thursday against 12th seeded Liberty University. Game time will be 6:27pm this Friday on TruTV.
Coach Kermit Davis, players, and fans celebrating after being selected for the NCAA Tournament
Ole Miss was selected as an 8 seed in the South Region. They will play 9th seeded Oklahoma, Friday at 11:40am on TruTV.

Baseball

Mississippi State had a successful week again. In midweek action, the Bulldogs faced Grambling and well just absolutely dominated with the final score of 18-1. MSU traveled down to Gainsville for their first SEC series of the year to face the Florida Gators. Friday

The Bulldogs brought the bats vs. Florida

was a tight one that went in the favor of the Bulldogs 6-5. Saturday would bring in a doubleheader. In the first game, State doubled up the Gators 10-5, clinching their first series win. State would go for the sweep in game three of the weekend, but would ultimately come up short losing 2-4. In all, six Bulldog players recorded multi-hit games in a series opener. That list includes Tanner Allen, Jake Mangum, Elijah MacNamee, Dustin Skelton, Justin Foscue, and Josh Hatcher.

Mississippi State will stay home this week with games against Little Rock (tonight) and Samford (Wednesday) in midweek action, followed by a weekend series with Auburn. State sets with an overall record of 18-2 and 2-1 in SEC play.
 
For Ole Miss the week started out rough. With spring break the Rebels were able to travel up to “The Bluegrass State” for a midweek two-game series with the Louisville Cardinals. Louisville would lay claim to both games victories with finals of 3-4 and 8-10. The weekend conference series opener would have the Rebels return to Oxford to face the Alabama Crimson Tide. Friday’s game would be a pitcher’s duel with Ole Miss claiming a 1-0 victory. Saturday the bats lit up but in favor of the Tide, as Alabama took the split with the final of 8-6. Sunday one team kept the bats warm, luckily that would be the case for the home team as the Rebels took the rubber match 12-2.
A. J. Brown with The First Pitch vs. Alabama

The ceremonial first pitch of Saturday’s game was tossed out by non-other than NFL Hopeful and (now) former Ole Miss Wide Receiver, A.J. Brown. Brown was a 19th round draft pick by the San Diego Padres in 2016.

Ole Miss this week will have midweek action at home against Arkansas Pine Bluff (tonight/tomorrow) and will travel to Missouri for a weekend series with the Tigers

Football

In the Alliance of American Football this week:
Johnny Manziel practicing with the Memphis Express

Memphis would suffer yet another loss, this time to the Salt Lake Stallions by an ending score of 22-9. Unfortunately, starting quarterback Zach Mettenberger suffered an ankle injury on the first play of scrimmage as was replaced by Brandon Silvers. Silvers didn’t have a horrible game as he was 23 for 37 passing with a touchdown. But Express faithful, don’t give up hope. Former Heisman Trophy winner and somewhat troublesome quarterback Johnny Manziel has started practicing with the Express and could possibly see action in his first game for Memphis this weekend as the Birmingham Iron will be coming to Liberty Bowl Stadium.

 
And on that note, to Birmingham. The Iron took on the San Diego Fleet in a close high scoring affair. The Iron at the end of the day was able to score just a little bit higher as they would take a 32-29 victory over the Fleet. Starting quarterback Luiz Perez accounted for 3 touchdowns and 359 yards in the victory. As previously stated, the Iron will head west on I-22 for a matchup against Memphis this weekend.
That’s it for this week in sports stay tuned to Our Tupelo throughout the week for breaking news in the sports world. See you next time!