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Given what we've seen over the past few years, today's loss only stands to reason.

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Of course the Ole Miss Rebels would lose to the Mississippi State Bulldogs at the Hump.

Of couse they'd do so against a State team that is arguably the least talented squad in the Southeastern Conference.

Of course they'd do it a few weeks removed from being the talk of the college basketball-watching world, the hottest SEC start in program history, and a top-20 ranking.

Of course they'd do it against a rookie head basketball coach whose hire was underwhelming at best.

Of course this happened late in the season with this team teetering perilously on the NCAA Tournament bubble.

Of course this program would recruit the national Junior College Player of the Year, add him to an athletic guard rotation and an experienced frontcourt, and not achieve anything of substance after that.

Of course we'd look woeful listless, missing shots from all over the floor (oh, and not to mention the charity stripe) against State.

Of course State would look enthusiastic, energized, and prepared against our Rebels, with several players having career days.

Of course we'd do this when a guy named BRYCE DREW was dressed out in Red and Blue.

Of course we were all bamboozled into expecting something different this time.

Of course.