SEC Network takeover for MSU on Wednesday highlights impressive year of Bulldog athletics

At 11 o’clock tonight – midnight tomorrow, technically, if you’re on the east coast – 24 hours of all things Mississippi State sports begins on the SEC Network. With the two documentaries leading off the programming block being the exceptions, everything on MSU’s SEC Network Takeover day comes from the 2015-16 athletic year. Those who track such things will recall that, based on State’s record finish in the Learfield Director’s Cup, this was the best year of athletics in recent MSU history. Ought to make for a fun day of viewing.

DVRJPQNOLTJKICT.20160522033824Anyway, below is a quick schedule of what all will be airing with descriptions of what makes those moments, games or shows important. Perhaps there are experiences you’d like to re-live, or maybe there are some you never had or even knew about. Either way, there’s plenty to watch while at home, work or the vacation destination of your choosing.

A reminder: all times listed are central standard.

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Time: 11 p.m.

What’s on: MSU Update

Why it’s worth watching: A slight departure from sports, the MSU Update (airing three times throughout the day) features MSU President Mark E. Keenum providing an overview of university research prowess in unmanned aerial systems and global food security, and then outlines MSU community service.

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Time: 11:30 p.m.

What’s on: One Night in March

Why it’s worth watching: I’m actually really excited about MSU choosing to air this documentary, as I’m not sure that it’s been as widely seen as it deserves to be. One Night in March is an excellent look into The Game of Change when MSU’s all-white basketball team snuck out of the state to play in the NCAA Tournament against an integrated Loyola team. Worth staying up late to watch.

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Time: 12:30 a.m.

What’s on: SEC Storied: Thunder and Lightning

Why it’s worth watching: Thanks to being produced by ESPN and the SEC Network, this one has been a little more widely seen. That said, if you haven’t seen the documentary on MSU baseball stars and teammates Will Clark and Rafael Palmeiro, consider this a required viewing. Throughout all of the great history of MSU baseball, this story may be the best.

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Time: 2 a.m.

What’s on: SEC Football: Mississippi State Summer Tour

Why it’s worth watching: We don’t often get a look into what happens around the football program during the seeming doldrums of summer. Nice peek into the activity.

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Time: 2:30 a.m.

What’s on: SEC Inside: Women’s Basketball Tournament

Why it’s worth watching: One of several milestones during a historic season, MSU’s women’s basketball team made an extremely impressive run all the way to the title game of the SEC Tournament. Good chance to see behind the scenes of something that happened so far from Starkville.

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Time: 3 a.m.

What’s on: SEC Inside Football: Kentucky vs. MSU

Why it’s worth watching: Because there’s nothing better on at 3 a.m. Nah, just kidding. This game was actually really fun if you were cheering for MSU, who won 42-16. In it, Dak Prescott tied the school record for a single game with six total touchdowns, including over 450 yards of offense. Taveze Calhoun also had two interceptions.

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Time: 3:30 a.m.

What’s on: Softball – Ole Miss vs. MSU

Why it’s worth watching: This one was a thriller. An extra-inning affair, MSU (SPOILER ALERT) went on to win the game 1-0. Drama. Excitement. Rivalry. You’ll love it.

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Time: 5:30 a.m.

What’s on: MSU Update

Why it’s worth watching: A slight departure from sports, the MSU Update (airing three times throughout the day) features MSU President Mark E. Keenum providing an overview of university research prowess in unmanned aerial systems and global food security, and then outlines MSU community service.

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Time: 6 a.m.

What’s on: Volleyball: LSU vs. MSU

Why it’s worth watching: This was one of MSU’s most dominant performances of the year and a highlight of head coach David McFatrich’s first season. One of 12 sweeps on the year, the Bulldogs won this one 3-0 in straight sets.

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Time: 7:30 a.m.

What’s on: Women’s soccer – Kentucky vs. MSU

Why it’s worth watching: Like the game airing before it, this was a signature win for MSU soccer in 2015, taking down a top-20 Kentucky team in Starkville. In front of a big and active crowd, MSU won 3-0.

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Time: 9:30 a.m.

What’s on: Men’s basketball – Vanderbilt vs. MSU

Why it’s worth watching: The whole game is nice, but you’re really watching for the last half-second when Quinndary Weatherspoon hits the game-winning three at the buzzer. This game and that moment are perhaps the most memorable from the year, regardless of sport.

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Time: 11:30 a.m.

What’s on: Football – MSU at Arkansas

Why it’s worth watching: My goodness, this game. It was the absolute definition of a roller coaster of emotions. 101 points were scored, though it was a blocked field goal by Beniquez Brown that secured the 51-50 win for MSU. Not a dull moment from start to finish.

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Time: 1:30 p.m.

What’s on: Relentless: Mississippi State football vs. Arkansas

Why it’s worth watching: I assume most of you are familiar with the very excellent job Hail State Productions does putting together Relentless, the weekly series featuring MSU sports from inside the locker room and on the field. In one of two instances today where this sets up nicely, MSU has made the good call to follow up an exciting game with the Relentless episode featuring that contest.

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Time: 2 p.m.

What’s on: Women’s basketball – Tennessee vs. MSU

Why it’s worth watching: For the first time in history, MSU beat Tennessee in women’s basketball. It was a big deal and a big game. The emotion from Vic Schaefer and the team and staff following the win quite a sight.

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Time: 4 p.m.

What’s on: Relentless: Mississippi State women’s basketball vs Tennessee

Why it’s worth watching: As with the football game, the entertaining basketball game is followed up with a superb behind the scenes view of what made it happen.

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Time: 4:30 p.m.

What’s on: MSU Update

Why it’s worth watching: A slight departure from sports, the MSU Update (airing three times throughout the day) features MSU President Mark E. Keenum providing an overview of university research prowess in unmanned aerial systems and global food security, and then outlines MSU community service.

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Time: 5 p.m.

What’s on: Baseball – Arkansas vs. MSU

Why it’s worth watching: Because MSU wins the SEC regular season championship for the first time in 25 years. Not many moments better than that one in 2015-16.

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Time: 7 p.m.

What’s on: Football – 2015 Belk Bowl: NC State vs. MSU

Why it’s worth watching: Belkamania! Not only did MSU win big, but it was the final game of Dak Prescott’s career as he won the Belk Bowl MVP and broke his own records for most passing yards and most passing touchdowns in a single season in MSU history. Certainly helped that he threw for 380 yards and four touchdowns in this game.

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Time: 9 p.m.

What’s on: Women’s basketball NCAA Tournament: MSU vs. Michigan State

Why it’s worth watching: No hyperbole, it was one of and very possibly the biggest game in the history of the program. A mind-numbingly (in a good way) raucous crowd at The Hump watched as Vic Schaefer’s team took down Michigan State in a thriller and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen.

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